SunRail service slated to start May 1

Finishing touches being added to 12 train stations

MAITLAND, Fla. - Sunrail crews are putting the finishing touches on Sunrail stations scheduled to open next week.

[Pics: Final SunRail preparations]

Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the 12 SunRail stations that are slated to open May 1.

Cement is being poured at the Altamonte Springs station to finish up sidewalks, and construction crews say ramps are being reworked to ensure they are handicap accessible.

The train will be able to take passengers from DeBary in Volusia County all the way to Sand Lake Road, with 10 stops along the way.

Lucio Barco works in Altamonte Springs, and he says he plans to utilize the new SunRail.

The SunRail will also provide many Florida residents, like Barco, an opportunity to ride on a train for the first time.

"It's kind of different you know, instead of taking the bus you take the train. Never been on a train before so it's gonna be pretty exciting," Barco says.

For weeks the trains have been running their intended routes. During the morning and evening, trains will run every half hour, and in the afternoon they will run every two hours.

Bob Gary, an Orlando resident since 1959, seems optimistic about the new transportation.

"I think the whole deal is there's not enough parking downtown and this will solve that problem hopefully," Gary says.

Passengers can ride for free the first two weeks of service.

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