SunRail Expands Southward
SunRail, the Central Florida commuter rail system, is about to get bigger with a new line expanding southward into Osceola County. What will become Phase 2 of one of the largest construction projects in the region will add 17.2 miles to the existing 31 mile rail line, connecting residents from Orange County down to Osceola County. Officials signed a grant agreement for the $186.9 million project on September 28th with a celebration of support from businesses and residents alike. The Federal Government will cover $93 million of the projected costs with the balance being spilt between Orange and Osceola Counties.
When it is completed, the new extension to the SunRail will have four new stations, one in the Meadow Woods neighborhood of Orange County, one on Osceola Parkway, another in downtown Kissimmee, and one in Poinciana. The new rail line will help alleviate some of the congestion on Interstate 4, providing an alternative transportation option to residents of both counties. The new line is expected to open sometime in 2017. The project will not only help with commuter traffic woes, it will also bring new jobs to the region and be a boost for local businesses along the line. Another 2,000 riders per day are anticipated once the south extension of the SunRail is completed.
There is even more expansion to the line hoped for as well. Officials are waiting to get approval of federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant, which will aid in a planned northern expansion in Volusia County. If approved, the line will head north for 12 miles, resulting in a complete line running from DeLand in Volusia County south to Poinciana in Osceola County. The decision is expected in a couple of months, and if the grant is approved, Phase 3 of the SunRail will open in 2017 as well and could even include an offshoot to the Orlando Airport-even better news for residents and visitors alike.
Transportation options like SunRail are a boon for our community. They provide cleaner commuting options and add to the economic growth of our region. The expansion is a positive for everyone and shows one more reason Central Florida is wonderful place to live. I am proud to be able to make the real estate process move smoothly for my clients, and I am here to help with all of your real estate needs. If you’re looking for a warm and engaging professional to help you with the purchase or sale of your home, contact me today at 407-234-5313 or by email: Jeff@JeffRoyle.com.