The excitement over the new SunRail has been building up all throughout Central Florida. Not only will this represent a huge advancement for the city of Orlando, but it will also offer a new and alternative travel choice for residents and visitors.
The SunRailis a commuter rail transit project that will run along a 61-mile stretch of existing rail freight tracks in the areas of Orange, Seminole, Volusia and Osceola counties.
The first phase of the SunRail will serve 12 stations, linking DeBary to Orlando. Phase two will serve 5 additional stations, north to DeLand and south to Poinciana.
Service is scheduled to begin on May 1, 2014.
Last weekend, I attended the grand opening of the Maitland station and had the opportunity to take a first look at the SunRail.
Inside it's so spacious!
One of the features of the SunRail is the added leg room. You will be able to actually enjoy the ride without feeling crammed.
Upstairs, you will find that the majority of the seats have tables- which makes it convenient for you to work on your laptop or read.
The SunRail also provides unlimited Wi-Fi and power outlets for your electronic devices.
How awesome is that!
I have to say, the seats were surprisingly comfortable.
The SunRail will provide free rides from May 1-16th. The free service is designed to allow passengers to experience the comfort and ease of commuting on the SunRail and to become familiar with the SunRail schedule.
Unfortunately, services will only be available Monday-Friday. Hopefully, they'll add weekend schedules in the near future.
It was pretty neat to have been able to see the commencement of something that, who knows, could possibly expand beyond Central Florida.
If you're not sure if the SunRail will work for you, take advantage of the two-week free service and test it out.
Hopefully the SunRail will help alleviate your commute to work and avoid having you go on the congested nightmare that is I-4.