All Aboard for
Central Florida residents have been eagerly awaiting high-speed rail for years, even decades. Providing better connectivity throughout our community and across Florida will be invaluable. Rail and transportation experts as well as regulators have twice picked what they believe would be the perfect route – and the community and all potential partners now agree. The new route is called the Sunshine Corridor and will connect Orlando International Airport with the Orange County Convention Center and beyond. This will allow SunRail to provide expanded service and connect with both the airport and the International Drive corridor.
Our future is on the right track
The Sunshine Corridor is a regional solution that will benefit residents across Central Florida. Imagine being able to take a train to the airport or to work. It will be good for jobs and good for our workforce: it will support 75,000 Central Florida residents who work in the I-Drive corridor and 20,000 residents who work at Orlando International Airport. It will connect our communities, link to other modes of public transportation and help alleviate traffic congestion. And Brightline, the private rail company, will be able to use this corridor to connect Central Florida with the rest of the state.
Moment in Time
We are at an historic moment: We have a route, we have momentum and we have a funding source. Recent federal legislation may provide up to half the cost of this project. And local businesses have agreed to fund a significant portion – all working to help reduce the impact to local government and local taxpayers.
For decades, mass transit has been a problem in search of a solution for Central Florida. The Sunshine Corridor can be that solution – if we seize the moment.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer recently unveiled a presentation outlining his support for Orlando Right Rail’s supported high-speed rail route. This route includes stops at the Orange County Convention Center and a South International Drive station.