Orlando Mayor Backs Plan and Funding for New Transit Corridor and SunRail Expansion

by | Jun 29, 2022

Our community has an historic opportunity to create the transportation system we have been seeking for decades – a system that works for our residents, our workers, our businesses and our future.

It’s called the Sunshine Corridor and it’s a rail line that will connect Orlando International Airport with a new east-west transit corridor that also includes the Orlando Orange County Convention Center – and beyond. This will give SunRail the ability to provide service to the airport plus additional communities plus the International Drive area. It would also give Brightline, a private rail company, the ability to expand its service across our state as well.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer calls this route, the, “jobs train.” Here’s why: it would serve what will soon be nearly 100,000 workers in the International Drive Corridor as well as approximately 26,000 workers at or around the airport.

There have been months of conversation about what is the right route for mass transit and for everyone in our community. All involved believe the Sunshine Corridor is best for us – and that its time is now.

What makes this moment in time especially powerful is that the project may be able to receive significant federal funding as part of the recent Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. And, local private businesses have also pledged financial help as well as land for the rail corridor and the Convention Center station.

Orlando’s Right Rail Coalition and its members recently participated in a workshop with the SunRail board to talk about this opportunity. You can review the details of that conversation here. We will continue to update this site as this project moves forward.