SunRail moving forward with phase connecting to Orlando airport
The Florida Department of Transportationhas started the process of extending SunRail into Orlando International Airport.
Known as SunRail Phase 3, the transportation department last month submitted a project development proposal to the Federal Transit Administration for a 5.5-mile extension of Central Florida’s commuter rail from just north of the planned Meadow Woods Station into the airport’s planned $215 million intermodal transit facility.
The transportation department’s Tawny Olore told the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission at a June 21 meeting that this is the first step in making this portion of SunRail a reality.
The rail expansion would incorporate 3.5 miles of existing track owned by the city of Orlando, and 2 miles on a new alignment on airport property.
Meanwhile, the transportation department also is making progress on its Phase 2 south alignment into Osceola County. The department is set to meet with the Federal Transit Administration on June 21 for a field review. The full funding grant agreement is slated to be finalized in February and construction would start next summer.