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SunRail tests late-night train

Additional round-trip train added north, south

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SunRail tested a new, late-night train Monday, according to transportation officials.

The additional daily train will be added to the SunRail schedule, departing the DeBary station and heading southbound at 9:05 p.m. and arriving at the Sand Lake Road Station at 10:08 p.m., according to officials.

The train will then head northbound, departing the Sand Lake Road station at 10:20 p.m. and arriving at the DeBary station at 11:23 p.m.

According to a release, the Florida Department of Transportation said it "anticipates that the additional train will help satisfy customer demand for additional service later in the evening for events at the Amway Center, the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and additional evening activities along the Central Florida Rail Corridor – particularly during the holiday season."

FDOT said it will pay for additional fuel costs and the SunRail contract operator, Bombardier Transportation, will extend crew schedules at no cost during the expanded test schedule.

The ridership will be monitored by FDOT to determine if the later service will be permanently added.

Christy Foley said she tried out SunRail for the first time since they extended their night hours. She works late hours as an attorney in Maitland.

"Since they are running a little later than usual I actually had an opportunity to not only get downtown from where I work but also get back to where I left my car," Foley said.

The Florida Department of Transportation says its expanded their service about another hour to meet the demand of its customers and attract new ones.

The last train gets back to DeBary just before 11:30 p.m.

Nick Pavgouzas also used Sunrail for the first time. He went downtown from Lake Mary.

"Its a good way to save money, he said. "Its $10 to park. If you're taking a cab its $100 plus tip. With 10 friends on this it's $50 round trip."

But he said if SunRail really wants to generate business, they should run on the weekends and run past midnight.

"I think they're moving in the right direction, but I don't think extending the hours will make a big difference, because the bars and clubs are getting busy starting now," Pavgouzas said. "If they really want to get gigantic crowds, they should run 1 to 2 a.m."

SunRail doesn't run on the weekends or during holidays, but on New Year's Day they'll run free limited service due to the bowl game at the Citrus Bowl.

Visit SunRail.com for more information.

Click here for New Year's Day service hours.