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Agreed.  I hate that people make things for PEOPLE about politics.  There is no partisan divide on things that help all of us.  I don't care if you're rich and never ride a SunRail train.  The pe

Just heard Downtown Kissimmee to Downtown Orlando will be shorter than a 30 minute trip.    That’s fantastic!

https://www.transit.dot.gov/ntd/ntd-data The FTA released their monthly update of transit ridership for August, the first month the southern expansion was open. Sunrail ridership increased 70% fr

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Matt, thank you for these updates.  Looking forward to the rest.

 

What is your opinion regarding the utility of the station design?

 

NP. I think when you start with two facts 1)Funding for public transportation is not easy in FL 2)It's incredibly hot out most of the year (and/or raining). It becomes difficult to build stations that will make you feel comfortable and make you wanting to ride the train.

 

While there are certainly cities that have nicer commuter rail stations ours are actually pretty nice. Here's a picture of one of the MetroLink stations in STL.

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Yes it's light rail but I honestly was only expecting station designs like this...which are a bus stop with a platform.

 

The one's like the Florida Hospital station look great. The only surprise is that they don't have any fans on the platforms. In the summer that would be a major help.

 

Aside from making a station inside or underground I think we have a lot to be proud of with these stations.

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I understand the need for frugality, and if containers are the cheapest way to go, I say fine. But leave them looking like containers, I say. A little modern industrial look should be fine next to cotton bales on old hand carts. Repaint them, sure. But re-stencil tare weights etc, even make local references with humorous shipping companies. But this. Is. Horrible. :

 

This whole thing is completely stupid. What a complete joke. Just drag up some old crap from James E. Strate's rail yard dump down in Taft and call it day.

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What a great marketing strategy! Hopefully it runs through the whole line, I'll definitely park at the Sand Lake station and ride all the way to Winter Park (I'm coming from the Hunters Creek area).

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More SunRail station progress updates:
 
Debary Station:
 
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Sanford Station:
 
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Lake Mary Station:
 
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Longwood Station:
 
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Altamonte Springs Station:
 
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Maitland Station:
 
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Winter Park Station:
 
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Florida Hospital Station:
 
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Orlando Amtrak Station:
 
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Sand Lake Rd Station:
 
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Lynx Central Station:
 
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Church Street Station:
 
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Last week I for the first time got worried about the long term viability of Sunrail.  I've been dealing with trains for the last couple of years, and I live near Florida Hospital and work near John Young and Sand Lake.  I was eagerly awaiting Sunrail and Link 37 drops me off right in front of my office.  It terminates currently at Florida Mall.  So I emailed Lynx and asked them if Link 37 would extend the 2 miles east to Sunrail.   Their response was no, but that I could take 111 from across the street from Sunrail to Florida Mall to the 37.  This would be an extra 50 minutes on top of the Sunrail trip.   I understand Lynx is strapped for cash but, it doesn't seem like a whole lot of routes were changed

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It still bothers me that the southbound Sunrail stop for CSS is just south of South Street, while the northbound stop is where it should be at the Depot.  Dunno.

I agree with this.  The part that bothers me most is that the southbound train will be parked along a curve and that was supposedly the reason that the Maitland station could not be located downtown (curved station area).  If it ended up being OK at South Street then why was it impossible at Maitland?

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I agree with this.  The part that bothers me most is that the southbound train will be parked along a curve and that was supposedly the reason that the Maitland station could not be located downtown (curved station area).  If it ended up being OK at South Street then why was it impossible at Maitland?

yeah.  I don't know.  all i know is that if its raining, it will be tough to go from South Street all the way back up two blocks just to get back to the front of the depot.  If you're going to City Hall or CNL or Lincoln or Grand Bohemian then its fine.  Actually, it puts you closer to the DPAC.

 

most of the suburban population lives north of downtown, not south of downtown.  so this will in essence be a City Hall station while the northbound line will be a CSS station. 

 

At the end of the day, it's actually getting built-- who would've thought, right?

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Just throwing this out there for discussions...

 

Here is an article on the same topic

 

4 shops that should be near C. Fla.'s rail station

http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2014/02/4-shops-that-should-be-near-cflas.html

 

I think each stations should have their own Starbucks, book/magazine stand, pastry shop, Planet smoothies and I said it...7-11...

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Last week I for the first time got worried about the long term viability of Sunrail.  I've been dealing with trains for the last couple of years, and I live near Florida Hospital and work near John Young and Sand Lake.  I was eagerly awaiting Sunrail and Link 37 drops me off right in front of my office.  It terminates currently at Florida Mall.  So I emailed Lynx and asked them if Link 37 would extend the 2 miles east to Sunrail.   Their response was no, but that I could take 111 from across the street from Sunrail to Florida Mall to the 37.  This would be an extra 50 minutes on top of the Sunrail trip.   I understand Lynx is strapped for cash but, it doesn't seem like a whole lot of routes were changed

 

I think it's important to recognize that commuter rail isn't meant to make us completely "car-free" - it's to ease commute times an the amount of cars physically in the central business districts.  There was a time in my life when I lived in Weschester NY.  Commuting into NYC meant driving to the metro north station, then taking the train into the city - which is what nearly everyone in the NYC metro area does.  I still had to drive (briefly), but I didn't have to spend 1.5 hours in traffic then pay tolls and blood-curdling parking fees each day.  Plus, I was able to get work done on my way.  Light rail/subways, buses, and (importantly) walkable central business/downtown areas are what make a city "car-free".  We're far from that, but closer than many southern cities.  The biggest benefit to Sunrail is avoiding I4 traffic and parking downtown.  I think the most important next step is to encourage business near th stations.  Not just "transit-oriented" businesses, but actual businesses that employ people who commute into these areas.  The hospitals are a great start, but the city needs to do what they can to encourage other large employers to relocate downtown. The transit oriented businesses will follow only if the ridership supports them. 

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