1st phase of SunRail gets $87 million

Jobs expected to skyrocket with new SunRail

By Sheli Muniz - Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - Federal, state and local officials are calling it a major milestone as $87 million will be pumped into the first phase of the future SunRail.

"We are working, building the trains, building the track, building ticket vending machines. W are working with local businesses to build the ridership," FDOT District 5 Secretary Noranne Downs said.

They gathered right at the future site of the Florida Hospital SunRail station, officials celebrated the federal dollars, but what does it mean for you?

"We have hundreds of people already employed and those hundreds of people are really turning into thousands of construction jobs over the life of the project," Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff said.

Federal leaders say not only that, there have been a number of businesses looking to set up shop along the future rail line and its stations. So, considering it'll run 61 miles, they're calling it a win-win situation.

"You will go from today to May 1 next year, and you will have your ticket and will be riding on that train, dreaming the vision, living the vision," Downs said.

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