Central Florida reacts to SunRail's progress

Published On: Mar 27 2013 05:02:04 PM EDT
Updated On: Mar 27 2013 07:06:56 PM EDT

With the SunRail being 54 percent complete, those eager to ride will have to wait.

LAKE MARY, Fla. -

Those signs of construction might have people foolead. Potential riders still have to wait at least a year for the SunRail to be complete.

In Lake Mary, workers are just finishing laying down new rails but SunRail officials say that the rail construction along the the 31-mile line is only 54 percent complete.

Elisha Patterson, a potential rider, is tired of walking, "I need to get places," she said.

Some of the construction is still just empty lots, but business owners like restaurant manager Bucky Westin, are excited to see structures starting to rise.

"SunRail hopefully will triple our business especially with the size of the parking lot they have over there," Westin said.

With his restaurant being less than 100 yards away from the Altamonte Springs stations he waiting on the workers. When the SunRail was first pitched, officials said it would create thousands of jobs. So far 793 have been hired.

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