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Updates on LYMMO:

Design/Build phase for the East and West corridors and the Parramore BRT. Looks to be up and running in Fall 2013.

Locally Preferred Alternatives for both the North and South corridors have been chosen. The City gave their approval, LYNX and Metroplan Orlando will be giving theirs in May and June and then the City and LYNX can start applying for federal funding. Still no timeline on implementation.

Pretty much a "we want it all" approach for the LYMMO N/S. North will touch College Park and Mills Park. South will go down Orange and then wrap around the Orlando Health campus touching the SunRail/Amtrak station and then continue south to touch SoDo and possibly loops around through the huge retail plaza at the southeast corner of Orange/Michigan (what a redevelopment opportunity!)

Full presentation:

http://lymmostudy.com/pdf/North_South_Corridors_LPA_04242012.pdf

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With all the talk about SunRail, Maglev, Lymmo, OBX, etc. I tried to make a list of all the local mass transit projects I know of and where they currently are in the process of being realized.

I thought some of you might enjoy this refresher of local transit projects. So many things are starting to happen locally.

Transit Time-Mass Transit Proposals and Plans

Let me know if I missed anything or if anything new has been said about the projects.

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LYNX has approved an agreement with Red Coach USA and Megabus - two intercity "luxury" bus lines - to use the Kiss-And-Ride lane on Garland as a dropoff/pickup location. This is pretty great as the previous locations were the Airport (Red Coach) and the Crowne Plaza on the other side of I-4 (Megabus).

http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2012/05/29/lynx-approves-agreements-with.html

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I think this is great. They should have provided a formal area for non-Lynx transportation originally IMO. I still can't figure out why the Amtrak stop is not moved to here.

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Not sure but Amtrak would possibly shut down too many cross streets while the train was sitting at the station.

Sunrail will only be 4 cars and won't have long layovers there.

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Yeah, I was thinking that could be the reason but I'm sure there are ways around that. Baggage could be another issue but I still think it's silly to not have everything integrated. Pretty much every bus line connects through LCS. There is one bus line that wanders out the the current Amtrak station. It just seems amateur to me. The LCS is very new.

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Yeah, I was thinking that could be the reason but I'm sure there are ways around that. Baggage could be another issue but I still think it's silly to not have everything integrated. Pretty much every bus line connects through LCS. There is one bus line that wanders out the the current Amtrak station. It just seems amateur to me. The LCS is very new.

LCS isn't new. it's been here for a while. I Dont know what you mean by NEW! Anyhow I've been wondering this for years. Amtract Could Certainly use the land across the street. But hopefully the area around the current station can be revamped due to ORMC. Still Once I get off the train I would love to have other connexctions right there. Same with greyhound. I don't understand Orlando. There is enough Space Downtown.

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Link 40 serves Amtrak hourly and if you walk through Orlando Health to Orange Ave you can catch a bus into downtown every 20 mins.

Once SunRail is up, you can obviously take that from the station up or down the line.

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Let's not forget that one can also leave Amtrak at Winter Park and there are a number of Lynx routes going through that area. But, and most importantly, what's so important is that the Sligh Amtrak station (originally the Atlantic Coast Line Depot for Orlando) is one of the precious few landmarks we have, and something even more rare - a landmark still being used for its original purpose! In a region where so many complain (albeit erroneously) that we have no history, this is huge. Interestingly, "Orlando Station has the highest Amtrak ridership in the state, with the exception of the Auto Train depot located in nearby Sanford. (Wiki) " I think it's safe to say folks are figuring out ways to get around.

But wait, there's more! Today's OBJ announces:

City starts talks on revamp of Amtrak station

http://www.bizjourna...-of-amtrak.html

Edited by spenser1058

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I don't know how I forgot this - but in addition to SunRail - in two years or so you'll also be able to catch the LYMMO! With 10-15 minute headways and pretty decent hours, that's as good as a connection as one can hope for in just about any major US city. Heck, I don't even know where Amtrak pulls into in many cities I've visited since I've flown in and connected to their local rail. I know that it is NOT close to Savannah's historic downtown which is too bad because that would be a perfect trip to take via Amtrak.

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Let's not forget that one can also leave Amtrak at Winter Park and there are a number of Lynx routes going through that area. But, and most importantly, what's so important is that the Sligh Amtrak station (originally the Atlantic Coast Line Depot for Orlando) is one of the precious few landmarks we have, and something even more rare - a landmark still being used for its original purpose! In a region where so many complain (albeit erroneously) that we have no history, this is huge. Interestingly, "Orlando Station has the highest Amtrak ridership in the state, with the exception of the Auto Train depot located in nearby Sanford. (Wiki) " I think it's safe to say folks are figuring out ways to get around.

But wait, there's more! Today's OBJ announces:

City starts talks on revamp of Amtrak station

http://www.bizjourna...-of-amtrak.html

Of all the stations this is the worst. The station looks hideous and outdated. It needs to be torn down and replaced.

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Amtrak station is in a fairly decent, historic terminal. We don't get that too often around Central Florida. No use in tearing down what little history we can claim.

Orlando_Amtrak_Station_Platform.JPG

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Amtrak station is in a fairly decent, historic terminal. We don't get that too often around Central Florida. No use in tearing down what little history we can claim.

Orlando_Amtrak_Station_Platform.JPG

Thanks, praha, it's so true. It is indeed a tragedy they allowed the station to get in that kind of shape but as OBJ reported yesterday, there's now a plan afoot to fix that.

"The station looks hideous and outdated. It needs to be torn down and replaced. "

In the late '70s and early '80s, much of the Art Deco District in Miami Beach was in worse repair than the Sligh Amtrak station is now. I guess, based on this thinking, South Beach should have been leveled and replaced with Days Inns.

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Just to be clear, I'm certainly not suggesting that the Sligh station be abandoned or torn down (of course). It's probably my favorite building in town. I literally go there occasionally just to visit. However, since it will be an active Sunrail station soon (I certainly hope), it would continue to be utilized even if Amtrak is relocated to LCS where bus connections will be more convenient.

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Amtrak station is in a fairly decent, historic terminal. We don't get that too often around Central Florida. No use in tearing down what little history we can claim.

Orlando_Amtrak_Station_Platform.JPG

Fairly Decent?

Kissimmee's station is in much better shape then this one, so are the one's in St. Pete and Tampa. Nothing decent here.

Thanks, praha, it's so true. It is indeed a tragedy they allowed the station to get in that kind of shape but as OBJ reported yesterday, there's now a plan afoot to fix that.

"The station looks hideous and outdated. It needs to be torn down and replaced. "

In the late '70s and early '80s, much of the Art Deco District in Miami Beach was in worse repair than the Sligh Amtrak station is now. I guess, based on this thinking, South Beach should have been leveled and replaced with Days Inns.

I don't know if your trying to take a shot at what I said, but if that's what you intend to do with your subliminal posts, we can do that. :ph34r:

Not only that, I wasn't around in the 70's or 80's. From everything I've known of Orlando, Orlando has been modern. Modern Stations would be a bit more ideal for this area. Talk about trying to make an area better yet you want to keep this piece of crap?No No No Why? I'm

all for preserving History I'm young don't get me wrong but At LEAST keep it up, upgrades, allow the paint scheme and everything to fit with it's surroundings. Orlando Health has modernized that entire block. I just would love to see a new painting, landscaping to help the station fit into the area around it. That station doesn't appear to be involved.

You see how the Old Church Street station compliments 55 west (Or Vice Versa since Church street was there first)? Anyway it all blends in and fits. The Old Hilton Proposal was more vintage and would have went right into that area even with the modern blend surrounding it.

Nobody understands the point I'm trying to make but it's okay. It's not my call.

ThatFloridaDudeJ....just for kicks....how old are you?

I am 21.

Just to be clear, I'm certainly not suggesting that the Sligh station be abandoned or torn down (of course). It's probably my favorite building in town. I literally go there occasionally just to visit. However, since it will be an active Sunrail station soon (I certainly hope), it would continue to be utilized even if Amtrak is relocated to LCS where bus connections will be more convenient.

Crazy thing, the actual Amtrak station will not be used for SunRail. SunRail will be just north of the Amtrak actual station. SunRail did not want to be on the hook to any repairs to come wit Amtrak station itself due to it's outdated unsafe standing.

Just as I said to that one poster, I'd love to see it remodeled or something, even incoorporated like Amtrak stations with Tri-Rail but that is not their plans. They are not going to do it. I like utalizing older buildings into something, but if they are going to let it sit there and not give it some kind of revamping then it needs to be replaced. otherwise it gets dangerous and unsafe and thats when the "Thinking" as that one guy says needs to get caught up into actuality of having buildings, stations, and other public usage that are up to par and regulations of the new era of building codes.

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