FDOT prepares for upcoming SunRail expansion

SunRail hosted an open house for residents to check out the train at the Poinciana station in May.

By Rachel Christian

Staff Writer

Less than six weeks remain before SunRail makes its southern expansion Osceola County debut.

As the July 30 date nears, transportation officials are working to make sure residents know when, where and how to ride the commuter train’s new Kissimmee stops.

On Monday, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) released an updated SunRail operation schedule for the Tupperware, downtown Kissimmee and Poinciana station locations. The new

SunRail hosted an open house for residents to check out the train at the Poinciana station in May.

schedule will go into effect July 23 to give passengers a chance to adjust to the changes. Trains will run the additional 17-miles of track in Osceola and southern Orange counties, but no passengers will be on board during that portion of the route.

FDOT also announced that SunRail would increase service times from 18 round trips a day to 20 round trips.

The first train will depart Poinciana – the southern-most station – beginning at 5:45 a.m. and running every half hour until 8:45 a.m. Trains operate less frequently between 10:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. before picking back up for evening commuters until about 7 p.m.

The last train of the day will depart the downtown Kissimmee station at 10:03 p.m. heading north to Orange County.

To see the complete SunRail schedule, visit www.sunrail.com.

FDOT has also hosted two open house events recently to familiarize residents with SunRail and how to use the train. The last event took place Saturday at the Tupperware station, the first Osceola County stop of the southern expansion. The event drew an estimated 1,200 attendees.

The previous open house at the Poinciana station in May drew an estimated 2,500 people, according

to a release by FDOT.

The final Osceola County event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. June 30 at the Kissimmee downtown station, located at 320 Pleasant St.

LYNX is adding and updating a number of routes to align with the upcoming southern expansion. These changes will go into effect July 15 – two weeks before the new SunRail stations open to the public – to allow passengers time to adjust. A complete list of route schedule changes can be found at golynx.com.