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Re: SunRail Expansion / Extensions

Post by NIMBYkiller » Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:17 am

Big Dig was also a significantly larger undertaking, where as this project would be just getting under 1 runway and the existing central terminal.

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Re: SunRail Expansion / Extensions

Post by farecard » Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:33 am

While seeking a route from Tavares to Miami, Mr. Google told me of a Sunrail #31. https://goo.gl/maps/984CCUDzFNP2
But I don't see any mention of same on the Sunrail page.
Huh?

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Re: SunRail Expansion / Extensions

Post by electricron » Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:56 am

farecard wrote:While seeking a route from Tavares to Miami, Mr. Google told me of a Sunrail #31. https://goo.gl/maps/984CCUDzFNP2
But I don't see any mention of same on the Sunrail page.
Huh?
http://www.votran.org/core/fileparse.ph ... 161128.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: SunRail Expansion / Extensions

Post by farecard » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:56 am

electricron wrote: http://www.votran.org/core/fileparse.ph ... 161128.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Oh! Thanks. Never would have guessed Sunrail meant a bus line of a different provider

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Re: SunRail Expansion / Extensions

Post by NIMBYkiller » Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:41 pm

Has a SunRail branch up that way ever been considered?

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Re: SunRail Expansion / Extensions

Post by electricron » Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:49 am

NIMBYkiller wrote:Has a SunRail branch up that way ever been considered?
Which city is "up that way"?
DeBarry or DeLand where Bus 31 visits; Tavares or Miami this recent discussion started with?
That's the problem with using pronouns before using the noun in a new post, few if any of us know what "that" means.


FYI: Sunrail owns 61 miles of the railroad corridor they bought from CSX from DeLand to Poinciana.
All Sunrail studies have been limited to the railroad corridor between these two cities, and short branches lines from this corridor.
Sunrail already reaches DeBarry, and have studied going to DeLand. They have not studied providing commuter rail service to Tavares or Miami.

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Re: SunRail Expansion / Extensions

Post by NIMBYkiller » Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:31 pm

I was specifically referring to Tavares. My apologies for the vagueness

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Re: SunRail Expansion / Extensions

Post by electricron » Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:32 am

NIMBYkiller wrote:I was specifically referring to Tavares. My apologies for the vagueness
There has been one study for a passenger rail connection linking Tavares to Orlando, but it was not done by SunRail. Check out this Wiki link:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_Blossom_Express" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
And here is another link:
http://www.lakesumtermpo.com/regional_i ... press.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

A Feasibility study are not an Environment Impact Study (EIS), which needs to be initiated before Federal funds could be allocated to it. These links are fairly old, and I do not know the result of this study. But it seems all later studies for Lake and Sumter counties involve increasing bus services, so I'm assuming the Orange Blossom Express train service was aborted as the result of this study.
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Re: SunRail Expansion / Extensions

Post by Jeff Smith » Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:46 am

Next stop, Willoughby
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Re: SunRail Expansion / Extensions

Post by farecard » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:15 pm

Deland is a historic (circa 1860) station out in the woods. I boarded the Star there. It has its own gazebo! It even had semaphores on the roof at some point.

It's single-track; the adjacent abandoned track has enough twists and dips to be used at an amusement part.

One question: the bulletin board made mention of a discontinued "East West" line of some ilk; what would that have been?

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Re: SunRail Expansion / Extensions

Post by Jeff Smith » Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:56 pm

http://www.fox35orlando.com/home/volusi ... nto-deland
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - To build or not to build? That is the question that Volusia County leaders hope the public will help them answer, concerning the planned expansion of SunRail to DeLand.

County Chair Ed Kelley says he was notified on Friday that a funding source was available that could provide more than $19 million to get the Phase 2 north segment of the project started. The catch? The county would have to examine, assess, hold public meetings and approve the funds by Wednesday, July 17.

Kelley says the project had been shelved for several years, and as a result, final construction estimates have gone from $35 million to $100 million. Additionally, he says the county would be responsible for maintenance and up-keep of SunRail, once the project is complete.
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