SunRail looks at expanding service to nights, weekends

By Mark Lehman, Reporter, mlehman@wkmg.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 11:04:06 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 21 2014 12:36:20 PM EDT

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ORLANDO, Fla. -

For the first time since the launch of SunRail, leaders with the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission met to discuss expanding service to late nights and weekends.

Chairman Teresa Jacobs started the meeting off Monday by addressing the success of the train service.

"I think the best sign of success is when we have citizens clamoring for more," said Jacobs.

Currently SunRail runs Monday through Friday, but many riders have been outspoken about extending operation hours since the commuter rail line's launch in April.

"We have a fantastic system," said David Porter, founder of SunRailRiders.com.  "I just want to see it go to its full potential."

Recently, Porter launched a Change.org petition which has generated over 1,700 signatures in support of running the train later.  Porter said service on nights and weekends is essential for people who don't work a traditional schedule.

"You can't be a world class community with a part time railroad," said Porter.

While the topic was discussed in Monday's meeting, no final decision was made. It's likely that SunRail will need additional funding if leaders decide to move forward with extending service hours.

"There is more cost and the question is how that will be funded," said Jacobs.

The possible hourly expansion will be researched and discussed in the coming months.  Jacobs said the issue will be discussed again at the next CFCRC quarterly meeting in October.

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