Gas prices in Florida rise 12 cents over the last week
ORLANDO, Fla. — If you need to stop for gas Monday morning, you may not like what you see when you pull up to the pump. Gas prices in Florida have gone up steadily over the past two weeks. Watch: Residents return after more Daytona Beach Shores condos checked for structural concernsThe average price of a gallon of regular gas is $3.56 early Monday. Watch: Kissimmee truck and car show benefits Second Harvest Food BankThat is 27 cents higher than the price on Nov. 1. Read: SunRail commuter trains to resume service Monday following Nicole closureAAA says prices have now fully adjusted to a recent oil price hike and the reinstatement of the state’s gas tax.wftv.com
SunRail commuter trains to resume service Monday following Nicole closure
ORLANDO, Fla. — There is good news for SunRail passengers. SunRail said it will resume regular services starting Monday. Watch: Fight outside Jones High School football game leads to deadly shooting in Orlando, police sayCrews inspected and removed debris from the railroads, reinstalled gates, and tested signals to assure their safety. Watch: Winter Garden Challenge 22 Walk supports veterans with post-traumatic stressPeople who have active weekly, monthly or annual SunCard passes will be credited for the days that rail service did not run. ©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Brightline focused on safety while working to connect Orlando to South Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. — Brightline says passengers will finally be able to get on a train at Orlando International Airport’s Terminal C and ride it all the way to Miami in 2023. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 17 Brightline trains in Florida“That’s the first time a train has ever run that fast in the state of Florida,” said Brightline president Patrick Goddard. Watch: EXCLUSIVE: Brightline on track to bring passengers to Orlando 2023“We can see the finish line here. Brightline is stressing safety, working with law enforcement, adding new equipment and even deploying its own safety team to keep people off the tracks. Watch: ‘It’s phenomenal’: 1st Brightline train arrives at Orlando“From Cocoa into Orlando, we’re running alongside the 528.wftv.com
Partly cloudy and warmer Wednesday in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida will have a slightly better chance of seeing rain on Wednesday. Wednesday will also be warmer, with a high temperature in Orlando around 87 degrees. Read: Here’s when Blizzard Beach reopens at Disney WorldThere are a few areas being monitored in the tropics. Tracking the tropicsThere is one area in the Eastern Caribbean that may develop slowly this weekend into next week. Tracking the tropicsThankfully, there are no threats to Florida at this time.wftv.com
SunRail offers ‘Stranger Trains’ ride to the ‘Upside Down’
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Hop on board the “Stranger Trains” for a ride to the “Upside Down,” courtesy of SunRail. The commuter rail service is offering an extra 9 p.m. northbound route on Friday from Kissimmee for people looking to attend the “BOO! SunRail will also have a “Stranger Trains” booth set up with exclusive SunRail giveaways. Read: SunRail resumes service to all stations following damage from Hurricane IanRegular fares for the train apply. VIDEO: SunRail shares railroad safety message as part of National Rail Safety Week SunRail shares railroad safety message as part of National Rail Safety WeekClick here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
SunRail shares railroad safety message as part of National Rail Safety Week
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Department of Transportation said there have been 10 crashes involving SunRail trains in Central Florida so far this year. Channel 9 has covered many collisions involving trains and vehicles or pedestrians in Central Florida, as well as several close calls. Watch: Reno Air Race Crash: Pilot dead after jet burst into flames during championship roundFDOT is sharing videos on social media showing crashes and near misses involving trains as part of National Rail Safety Week, which kicked off Monday. Law enforcement will also be cracking down on drivers this week who disobey railroad warnings. A total of 52 people were killed by trains in Florida last year, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.wftv.com
Railroad crossing: Here’s how Florida drivers, pedestrians can stay safe around train tracks
Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson David Parks said the goal this week is to show drivers across Central Florida just how easy it is to not get hit by a train by simply paying attention to existing road markings and signs.
Volusia County tees up vote on new SunRail corridor
ORLANDO, Fla. — Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership between WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal. The Volusia County Council plans to vote on the proposed Sunshine Corridor before the Sept. 22 meeting of SunRail’s governing board, the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission. Read: Queen Elizabeth II funeral: Mourners gather as hearse travels to Windsor CastleThe council will meet Sept. 20 to determine the county’s position on the proposed shared corridor for commuter rail SunRail and intercity rail Brightline that would run from Orlando International Airport to International Drive/Orange County Convention Center. Read: Hurricane Fiona brings life-threatening floods, storm damage to Puerto RicoMeanwhile, the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission — which consists of the city of Orlando as well as Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties — next week will take its own vote on the expansion of SunRail along the proposed Sunshine Corridor. VIDEO: Railroad strike could impact SunRail schedules, prices of goods Railroad strike could impact SunRail schedules, prices of goods©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Railroad strike could impact SunRail schedules, prices of goods
ORLANDO, Fla. — Growing concerns about the United States’ potential first railroad strike in decades are already forcing changes in Central Florida – with more almost certain to come as the strike nears. Anticipating disruptions, Amtrak stopped all service of long-distance routes that were unable to reach their destinations by Friday. READ: Amtrak cancels all long-distance trains. “The Department continues to monitor the situation as a labor strike could impact SunRail service. The Biden administration has called a potential strike “unacceptable,” though it is not condemning the workers for asking for better conditions.wftv.com
See what’s next for SunRail expansion
ORLANDO, Fla. — Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership between WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal. SunRail is nearing construction on its expansion further into Volusia County. Click here to read the full story on the Orlando Business Journal’s website. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live. VIDEO: Brightline trains to chug along by holidays, but without passengers Brightline trains to chug along by holidays, but without passengers©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
1 dead after crash between SunRail train, vehicle in Kissimmee, police say
VIDEO: 1 dead after crash between SunRail train, vehicle in Kissimmee 1 dead after crash between SunRail train, vehicle in KissimmeeKISSIMMEE, Fla. — One person has died after a crash between a SunRail train and a vehicle, according to Kissimmee police. It happened Tuesday along the railroad tracks off East Vine Street. Michigan Avenue is closed on the westbound side from 192 to the railroad tracks and will remain closed for several hours. The investigation is ongoing and no further details were immediately available. See a map of the scene below:Video: Troopers search for hit-and-run driver who killed bicyclist in Orange County A bicyclist was killed Monday evening in a hit-and-run crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.wftv.com
Here’s how soaring temperatures could affect your next train ride
Here's how soaring temperatures could affect your next train ride (Alexa Lorenzo, WFTV.com/WFTV)ORLANDO, Fla. — The heat is on in Central Florida. This year, we’ve already seen 27 days of temperatures hitting 95 degrees or higher. On one recent day, SunRail issued a heat warning — an alert that goes out when temperatures reach 98 degrees. In terms of the train tracks, he said, “They have nowhere to expand into and they have to curve themselves a little bit to make up for that. Video: SunRail sees 40% rider increase since 2021 as funding concerns loom Will SunRail expand?wftv.com
SunRail, Central Florida Zoo announce return of “Choo-Choo to the Zoo” for summer 2022
SunRail, Central Florida Zoo announce return of "Choo-Choo to the Zoo" for summer 2022 (WFTV)SANFORD, Fla. — Just in time for summer, Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens and SunRail announced the return of “Choo-Choo to the Zoo” for 2022. Starting June 6, visitors can ride SunRail to the Sanford station where they can hop aboard a free shuttle to and from the zoo. #RideSunRail to the Sanford Station and climb aboard the FREE trolley that will take you to the @CentralFLZoo. pic.twitter.com/qbUUnd6V0I — SunRail (@RideSunRail) June 6, 2022Along with the trolley service, visitors will also get a 20% discount on zoo admission. Read: SeaWorld announces 7th roller coaster, opening in 2023Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens CEO Richard Glover said the service is perfect for families who want to visit the zoo without having to drive.wftv.com
SunRail sees 40% rider increase since 2021 as funding concerns loom
Video: SunRail sees 40% rider increase since 2021 as funding concerns loom Will SunRail expand? WATCH: Volusia County seeks more involvement in decision about SunRail/Brightline’s Orlando corridorSunRail officials reported a 40% increase in riders from 2021. Photos: SunRail sees 40% rider increase since 2021 as funding concerns loomExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 9 SunRail sees 40% rider increase since 2021 as funding concerns loomDuring the meeting, leaders from Seminole and Osceola counties expressed their concerns with funding. “I can’t predict what the funding models might be, but I would envision that they’d be very different than the existing models might be. But we’re just at the first couple steps.”WATCH: County leaders look to the future of SunRail fundingThe next meeting for SunRail is scheduled for Aug. 4.wftv.com
Volusia County Council seeks more involvement in decision about SunRail/Brightline’s Orlando corrido
(Jeff Deal, WFTV.com)ORLANDO, Fla. — Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership between WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal. The Volusia County Council on May 3 unanimously approved sending a letter to the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission asking for more involvement in discussion of the proposed SunRail/Brightline corridor. SunRail could connect with Orlando International Airport, the Orange County Convention Center and Walt Disney World, while Brightline would lease the route and connect to Tampa. The rail commission -- a governing board for SunRail of which Volusia County is a member -- is set to meet May 5 and will have a workshop discussion on the potential expansion. Read: Vicky White fired from corrections job, still no sign of her or escaped felon Casey White©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Orange County officials share results of transportation survey ahead of key commission vote
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Orange County Board of Commissioners will vote Tuesday on whether to include a proposed penny sales tax increase on the November ballot. 🚶🚲🚗🚌🚆 Since beginning the Orange County Transportation Initiative in 2019, more than 19,000 individuals have completed... Posted by Orange County, Florida Government on Monday, April 25, 2022Orange County residents and travelers who frequent the area were invited to participate in the 2022 version of the survey, which got nearly another 8,500 total replies. 79 percent of the participants said congestion was the biggest transportation issue in Orange County. At least four commissioners have to vote “yes” Tuesday for the Transportation Sales Tax Referendum to be included on the November ballot. READ: ‘Political retribution’: Demings denounces decision to strip Disney’s self-governing powerTo view the full results of the 2022 transportation survey, click here.wftv.com
Crash involving SunRail, truck closes Seminole County road
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — A crash involving a SunRail train and a truck has shut down a Seminole County intersection. Seminole County firefighters said the crash happened Wednesday morning at the intersection of West Lake Mary Boulevard and Country Club Road. Firefighters said no one was injured in the crash and no fuel leaked. READ: Motorcyclist dies in Orlando crashIn City of Lake Mary: W LM Blvd at Country Club Rd currently closed. Truck accident with SunRail.wftv.com
‘Gas prices are ridiculous’: High gas prices drive more people to public transportation
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — High gas prices are driving more people to ride public transportation. SunRail and Lynx are seeing an increase in passengers. Clock ticking to collect $1.5B in unclaimed 2018 refundsHopping on the bus is something more commuters are doing. “I ride the bus to and from work, so it’s pretty much every day. Gas prices are ridiculous.”Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Orange County mayor to provide update on plan for one-cent sales tax hike
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings will present his plan for a one-cent hike to the sales tax on Monday. Demings said raising the county’s sales tax could bring in almost $18 billion over 30 years. READ: SunRail extends train schedule for spring breakDemings will provide more details about the plan in a meeting with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Orlando City Council at 10 a.m. Monday. If voters approve the increase in November, the county would begin tax collections at the start of next year. READ: County leaders look to the future of Sunrail fundingThe tax does not apply to essential groceries, prescription drugs, medical supplies or utilities.wftv.com
SunRail extends train schedule for spring break
ORLANDO, Fla. — If you’re off enjoying spring break in Central Florida this weekend, you have an extra way to get around. SunRail is celebrating spring break by offering an extended train schedule from now through Friday. The rail system is offering an additional southbound train leaving DeBary at 10 p.m. making all stops until it reaches Poinciana at 11:28 p.m.“We are always looking for new ways to meet the needs of our community,” said SunRail Chief Operations Officer Charles “Mike” Heffinger in a statement. As part of the SunRail and Orlando Magic partnership, all Magic ticket holders can ride SunRail for free to and from games by showing their ticket to SunRail Conductors. READ: Pedestrian hit, killed by Brightline train in South FloridaClick here for the full schedule.wftv.com
County leaders look to the future of Sunrail funding
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — As Sunrail continues to grow in Central Florida several counties are looking at the possibility of another agency taking over control from the Florida Department of Transportation. Currently, Sunrail runs some 61 miles between Volusia and Osceola Counties with stops in Seminole and Orange along the way. That means millions of dollars in funding will have to come from those areas and that is why Zembower thinks a dedicated agency is what is needed. READ: Family of wedding guest shot, killed by Winter Park police hires attorney“I think we’ve got to find a funding source that’s dedicated. Funding for Sunrail service comes from FDOT but that is set to change when the four counties currently served by the trains take over in 2024.wftv.com
Troopers investigate crash involving SunRail train, van
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — A crash involving a SunRail train and a van is under investigation, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Troopers said the crash happened just before 7 a.m. in Osceola County. The crash occurred on the tracks at Old Tampa Highway and Jack Calhoun Drive, troopers said. READ: Traffic alert: 8-car crash blocks lane on I-95 in Brevard CountySunRail trains are delayed between Kissimmee and Poinciana due to police assistance near the tracks. — SunRail (@RideSunRail) January 27, 2022It’s not known if anyone was injured in the crash.wftv.com
Central Florida Congressman leading push to fund weekend SunRail service
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — A congressman out of Central Florida wants to give SunRail users the option to ride on weekends. READ: Scientists zero in on what causes loss of smell, taste in COVID-19 patientsFlorida Representative Darren Soto (D - Kissimmee) is leading an effort to use funds from the recently-passed, bipartisan infrastructure law to expand SunRail service. “With the build back better infrastructure package going into law, we now have the money to potentially do that.”We are working to approve @RideSunRail weekend service! This is key to improve our quality of life in Central Florida. Our #BuildBackBetter Infrastructure Law may now provide the well-needed funding.wftv.com
New partnership will give Orlando Magic fans free SunRail rides to weekday games
ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando Magic fans now have a new, free option to see their team play on the weekdays. On Friday, the Florida Department of Transportation and the Orlando Magic announced a new partnership that will add extended service on SunRail on weeknights that the Magic have home games. Magic ticket holders can ride the southbound “late train” SunRail for free to and from games. Magic ticket holders can show either their hard copy or electronic tickets to SunRail conductors to access the free ride. “We are thrilled to partner with FDOT to offer fans easier access to Magic games,” Magic Senior Vice President of Marketing and Social Responsibility Shelly Wilkes said in the news release.wftv.com
Police: Pedestrian struck, killed by SunRail train in downtown Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Police Department is investigating a collision between a SunRail train and a pedestrian Wednesday afternoon. The unidentified pedestrian was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead there. READ: ‘Disabled vehicle’ leads to discovery of body in Seminole County, deputies sayPolice say they’re still trying to determine what caused the accident. The police department has closed both Washington and Jefferson Streets in both directions while they investigate. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Months overdue, transfer of SunRail control from state to local governments could take years longer
ORLANDO, Fla. — SunRail has been up and running in Central Florida for more than seven years. The 61-mile rail currently runs from Osceola County north to DeBary in Volusia County, but there’s still one more stop that needs to be built in DeLand before the state hands over control. There are also additional concerns about just how the transition would take place, and how the local governments plan to pay for it. Original plans called for the state to run it for just seven years before handing over operations to the City of Orlando as well as the Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia County governments. First, there’s still no organizational structure to speak of between the local governments.wftv.com
Traffic alert: Sunrail train, semi truck, 2 cars crash in Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating after a Sunrail train, a semi truck and two cars crashed early Wednesday. Troopers said the crash happened around 6:40 a.m. on Wetherbee Road. Eleven passengers were on the Sunrail train when it crashed, officials said. READ: ‘She gets back in & drives off’: Winter Park man says he has video of delivery driver’s hit-and-runWeatherbee Road was closed while crews cleaned up the crash. READ: Couple holding hands dies 1 minute apart of COVID-19Orange County: Wetherbee Rd is closed, east of Orange Ave. 6:40 am a crash involving a semi-truck, 2 cars and a Sunrail Train w/ 11 passengers occurred.wftv.com
Pedestrian hit by SunRail train while walking on tracks in Orlando
OPD: SunRail train hit a pedestrian on the tracks near West Kaley StreetORLANDO, Fla. – A crash involving a SunRail train and a pedestrian is causing delays for commuters, according to officials. The crash was reported near West Kaley Street and South Lucerne Terrace shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday. [TRENDING: COVID after the vaccine | Bugsy, the French bulldog, stolen at gunpoint | SpaceX Starship explodes again]Firefighters said the victim was walking along the tracks of a northbound train when they were hit. AdOfficials with SunRail said a northbound train was involved in an incident near Kaley Avenue around 4 p.m. More than 30 passengers were onboard the train. According to a tweet from SunRail officials, multiple trains are delayed by about an hour.
Man, 79, killed by train in Winter Park
WINTER PARK, Fla. – A man was struck and killed by a freight train Wednesday night in Winter Park, police said. The fatal crash happened around 9:50 p.m. at Pennsylvania and Holt avenues. [TRENDING: How plants solve rapes, murders | Swastikas found on Fla. playground | Proposal seeks major changes to Bright Futures]Winter Park police said it appears the man, 79-year-old Patrick William Doyle, was trying to cross the tracks when he was struck. Police closed the intersection for hours while officers investigated the Doyle’s death, causing a SunRail train to be delayed for hours and detours for drivers. AdThe intersection reopened early Thursday.
SunRail train hits vehicle in Maitland
A vehicle was damaged during a crash with a SunRail train on Feb. 19, 2021. SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – A SunRail train hit a vehicle that was on the tracks in Maitland Friday evening according to Seminole County Fire Department. The crash was reported near Greenwood Drive in Maitland around 6:25 p.m. Officials from the Florida Department of Transportation said there were 25 passengers on board the train at the time of the crash and none of them were injured. A SunRail train hit a vehicle that was on the tracks in Altamonte Springs Friday evening and at this point, it’s unknown if anyone was injured, according to Seminole County Fire Rescue.
SunRail station coming to DeLand in 2024
click image Photo courtesy Sunrail/TwitterIt looks as though DeLand will have its SunRail station by 2024. As reported by Spectrum News 13 , the SunRail Commission on Thursday confirmed a timeline for the anticipated DeLand stop on the commuter rail line, part of the Phase 2 North expansion. Construction for the station and rail lines should be completed, and the station should be up and running, by mid-2024.This expansion will take SunRail beyond its current terminus point of DeBary. The cost of the 12-mile extension project, according to the , comes to about $44 million.During that same meeting, the Florida Department of Transportation confirmed that it will continue to subsidize the costs of this construction project for three more years.SunRail has been struggling with low ridership numbers since its debut over six years ago, and the pandemic has only exacerbated this issue, but the hope is that this Volusia County extension will be a shot in the arm for the commuter line — eventually.orlandoweekly.com
Man on tracks hit, killed by train in Kissimmee, troopers say
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A man was found dead Wednesday morning along train tracks near Kissimmee, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The victim was found around 7 a.m. on the railway located near Old Tampa Highway and Pleasant Oaks Court, troopers said. [TRENDING: How to get vaccine in Fla. | Publix to offer vaccine | Man sends dead rat to ex-wife | Dr. Dre suffers brain aneurysm]Investigators have not identified the man and said he was hit by an unknown train. It’s unclear when he was killed. A SunRail commuter train was delayed between Kissimmee and Poinciana due to the investigation on the tracks.
SunRail suspends services due to Eta
ORLANDO, Fla. – SunRail is suspending all services due to Tropical Storm Eta, which is expected to make landfall in Florida early Thursday. For service updates please follow us on Facebook/Twitter @RideSunRail, or the SunRail app. pic.twitter.com/Kbg3Tov0h5 — SunRail (@RideSunRail) November 11, 2020Computer models show Eta making landfall Thursday north of Tampa and tracking across the state, near Jacksonville. Eta is expected to bring tropical downpours, gusty winds and the threat of tornadoes to Central Florida Wednesday night into Thursday. [TIMELINE: Here’s when you can expect to feel Eta’s impacts]School and COVID-19 testing site closures have also been announced in some Central Florida counties.
Police: SunRail strikes car in Kissimmee, no injuries reported
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Kissimmee police have reported that a SunRail, with six passengers on board, hit a vehicle on Thursday. SunRail officials released an update saying, “Train P313 SB is delayed 60 mins due to police assistance near the tracks in Kissimmee.”The train experienced close to a 40 minute delay due to the incident, officials said. [TRENDING: Donald Trump wins Florida | US presidential race results | Floridians vote to raise minimum wage to $15/hour]“No injuries are reported, however that area is shut down for an investigation,” Kissimmee Police said in a Twitter post. Investigators said there was has heavy congestion in the area during the investigation. All other trains remained on schedule, and the train involved has continued on its scheduled route.
SunRail train hits vehicle in Seminole County
LONGWOOD, Fla. – A SunRail train hit a vehicle that was stopped in traffic Wednesday afternoon, according to the Longwood Police Department. Officials said the train clipped the rear end of the vehicle on Ronald Reagan Boulevard, just north of State Road 434. No one was injured. While the road is open and no lanes are blocked, train P324 northbound is delayed by 15 minutes while southbound trains P333 is delayed 32 minutes, P335 is delayed 17 minutes and P331 is delayed 15 minutes as of 5:40 p.m.
SunRail train strikes car after driver mistakenly turns onto tracks in Orange County
ORLANDO, Fla. – A SunRail train carrying 30 passengers crashed into a car Monday morning in Orange County, causing delays and cancellations for the commuter rail service. The crash was reported around 6:10 a.m. at Lancaster Road. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 55-year-old woman was driving a sedan and tried to turn from Lancaster Road onto Orange Avenue. Troopers said the woman mistakenly turned onto the train tracks and her car became stuck. The front of the train then struck the car, the FHP said.
Police activity near tracks delays SunRail near Maitland, Winter Park
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Two SunRail trains will be delayed by at least 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon due to police activity near the tracks. SunRail tweeted about the delay at 2:12 p.m., saying it would be 20 minutes then tweeted again at 2:28 p.m. that the delay would be 35 minutes. [TRENDING: ‘My son lost his life over Burger King’ | StarFlyer tower climber describes seeing co-worker fall to death | Are you getting political text messages?] The police activity was reported between Winter Park and Maitland but officials didn’t provide an exact location or any further details as to the cause of the investigation. Check back for more updates on this developing story.
SunRail to suspend service on Monday due to Hurricane Isaias
ORLANDO, Fla. – Officials announced SunRail will suspend service on Monday due to Hurricane Isaias. Sunrail said crews will begin working to prepare the corridor and render it safe before the storm. Crews will secure railroad gates at 127 railroad crossings. Officials said crews will also inspect and store the SunRail train fleet. Hurricane Isaias is projected to be in the Florida area on Saturday.
Pedestrian struck by train in Port Orange, Volusia County officials say
PORT ORANGE, Fla. – A pedestrian was struck by a train Wednesday afternoon in Port Orange, according to officials with Volusia County Fire Rescue. Officials said the pedestrian was struck while on the tracks along Commonwealth Boulevard around 3 p.m.A spokesperson with the Port Orange Police Department said Oak Street, Dunlawton Avenue, Herbert Street and Charles Street remain closed so police and officials with the Florida East Coast Railway could conduct investigations. This is the second incident involving a train Wednesday. Earlier in the day, around 11:55 a.m., a woman was hit and killed by a SunRail train after witnesses said she maneuvered her SUV around the signal arms that were in the down position for the approaching train. [RELATED: Driver hit, killed by SunRail train in Seminole County]This is a developing story.
Coronavirus: SunRail to reduce hours of operation
SunRail will be reducing its hours of operation to focus on peak morning and afternoon hours and allow more time for cleaning, according to the FDOT. 31, SunRail will be reducing its hours of operation to focus on peak morning and afternoon hours "when the majority of riders travel to and from work, including major hospitals," according to a release from the Florida Department of Transportation Sunday. The reduction is to protect riders and workers during the coronavirus pandemic, the FDOT said. "SunRail is taking extra precautions to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. Additional workers have been hired to increase the frequency of cleaning onboard and at station platforms," the release said.news-journalonline.com
Art takes over Winter Park sidewalks during nation’s oldest fine art show
Published: February 13, 2020, 11:53 am Updated: February 15, 2020, 10:35 amWINTER PARK, Fla. – Mark your calendar for the 61st annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival happening March 20-22. The festival is one of the nation’s oldest fine art shows where artists compete for 63 awards totaling $74,500. Original artwork will be on display under the large oak trees of Central Park in downtown Winter Park. Parking will be available on all side streets surrounding downtown Winter Park, nearby parking lots charging nominal fees or in the Rollins College parking garage. Fine arts and crafts categories include clay, digital art, drawings and pastels, fiber-glass, graphics and printmaking, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, painting, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood.
Monorail manufacturer Bombardier has a new mystery client big enough to be Disney
Despite literal pieces falling off the three-decade-old trains, Disney hasnt given any indication that it plans to replace them.Rumors circulated last year that Bombardier, which built the current Mark VI trains, had been contracted for a new fleet. At the time, the primary source of the rumors was a fan site that Disney has since publicly called "unscrupulous," due to publishing multiple unfounded rumors. The report notes a North American deal for $104 million in rolling stock and $247 million in services for an undisclosed client. Bombardiers newest trains use the latest technology for seamless autonomous operations, meaning Disney could choose to save costs by eliminating monorail pilots. Las Vegas is expanding its monorail system, which initially used monorails that Disney sold them, though, unlike Disney, it has since updated to newer trains.orlandoweekly.com
Orange County mayor rides Sunrail to work, pushes to expand public transportation
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Mayor Jerry Demings took the SunRail on Thursday morning as part of "Mobility Week" in Orange County. I'm about to ride @RideSunRail with @OrangeCoFL Mayor Jerry Demings as part of mobility week. We are going to discuss how more residents can use more alternative modes of transportation to work etc. I was just trying to understand from them what they see as the positives and the negatives of the current system," Demings said. The mayor is pushing for a one-cent sales tax referendum to fully fund a transportation system, and he's hoping voters will help during elections in 2020.
Man hit, killed by SunRail train in Kissimmee, police say
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - A man was hit and killed by a SunRail train as it left the Kissimmee station Monday, according to Kissimmee police. The train was leaving at 6:22 a.m. when it struck a pedestrian on the tracks near Dakin Avenue, police said. Some SunRail trains heading to and from Kissimmee have been delayed as authorities investigate a pedestrian-related incident, according to police. HAPPENING NOW: Kissimmee Police have Monument Ave blocked off at the railroad crossing after a man was struck and killed by a SunRail train. Investigators say the victim was crossing the tracks just after the train left the station about a block away.
SunRail hits vehicle on Colonial Drive near downtown Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. - A SunRail train hit a vehicle near downtown Orlando Thursday evening, officials said. The crash happened around 6:45 p.m. at the tracks on Colonial Drive and Orange Avenue. The incident delayed southbound train P335 by 20 minutes, SunRail officials said. Photos from the scene showed a SunRail train stopped on the track and a white car with front-end damage nearby. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
SunRail stepping up ticket enforcement
The FDOT aim is to have customers pay the correct amount of fare each time they ride and ensure they tap on and off with each trip. SunRail will tighten enforcement of its fare collection Thursday, with extra staff checking tickets. Earlier this month, the commuter-rail service already began flagging customers who were not tapping off or paying their proper fare, asking them to contact customer service. In November, SunRail will begin charging customers who don't tap off the full one-way fare, $5. [SUNRAIL AT 5: Ridership for commuter train is growing, but will it ever expand to DeLand?]news-journalonline.com
Train horns silenced in Edgewood
But now, as dozens of trains now pass every day, Mendoza said the sound of the trains' horns has become almost unbearable. Starting this week, trains approaching four railroad crossings in Edgewood will no longer be required to sounds their horns with the implementation of a "Quiet Zone" through the community. "Every winter, when people sleep with the windows open, we get calls all the time saying, 'Can you do anything about those freight train horns?'" Those and other infrastructure improvements required by the FHA for quiet zones cost about $260,000 per crossing, transportation officials said. But for homeowners like Mendoza, the absence of train horns is priceless.
Here's where the free Kissimmee Connector shuttle service will take you
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Public transportation has come a long way in Central Florida, and Kissimmee is among the latest cities in the area to offer even more travel options to its residents. The City of Kissimmee, in partnership with Lynx Transportation, has started the Kissimmee Connector. "The City of Kissimmee, down in Osceola County, has done just that, keeping travelers connected with the Kissimmee Connector." Stops include Kissimmee Lakefront Park, Osceola Courthouse, Kissimmee City Hall, Osceola Regional Medical Center, AdventHealth Kissimmee and the county library. City of Kissimmee public information officer Melissa Zayas-Moreno said the shuttle service has been running since January and is available to anyone, including visitors and residents.
FDOT: SunRail hits vehicle stopped on tracks on Colonial Drive
ORLANDO, Fla. - A SunRail train hit a vehicle that was stopped on the tracks at Colonial Drive Wednesday afternoon, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. The crash happened shortly after noon. None of the 79 passengers or two crew members on southbound train P39 were injured. Officials did not say if the person in the vehicle was injured. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
SunRail hits car in Winter Park, injuring driver
WINTER PARK, Fla. - The driver of a sedan was injured when a SunRail train hit his car Thursday afternoon in Winter Park, police said. The crash happened at South Denning Drive and Barnum Avenue around 2 p.m. Winter Park police did not have further details about the cause of the crash. Sky 6 video from the scene showed a train stopped on the tracks near a black sedan with damage to its front end and roof. SunRail riders should expect northbound train P320 to be delayed by at least 40 minutes. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
SunRail train hits car in Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A SunRail train hit a car in Orange County on Friday night. The crash happened in the area of Oak Ridge Road and Orange Avenue. At this time, it is not known why the car was on the tracks. We will update this story as more information becomes available. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
SunRail adds late train for Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game
Orlando's Exploria Stadum hosting MLS All-Stars in match vs. Atltico de Madrid. SunRail is adding a late train to accommodate fans going to the Major League Soccer All-Star Game in Orlando Wednesday night. Trains will run both northbound and southbound at 10:30 p.m., departing from Church Street Station, about a 10-minute walk from Exploria Stadium. The normal schedule only calls for one late train operating northbound at that time. The match starts at 8 p.m. and features the MLS All-Stars and the Atltico de Madrid.news-journalonline.com
SunRail to press on in bid for DeLand station
[MORE: SunRail in DeLand: Volusia sets up legal challenge to state's handover of costs in 2021]Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, who chaired the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission meeting Thursday, offered Volusia an opportunity to kill the DeLand station. He straight-up asked Kelley if Volusia wants the DeLand station. The DeLand station would be some three miles west of downtown, which means a last-mile alternative such as a trolley or bus will be required to deliver passengers there. [READ: SunRail at 5: Commuter rail is growing, but will it go to DeLand?] One of Volusias letters notes previous failed efforts to link SunRail with DeLand.news-journalonline.com
Volusia County eyes tax hike, slash to ECHO tax
The Volusia County Council on Tuesday tentatively approved a 6.75% property tax increase to fund improvements to its ambulance system, give raises to more than 3,000 employees and prepare for costs related to Amendment 10 and SunRail. Residents living in the unincorporated regions of the county could be required to pay $17 more for that service next year. County Chair Ed Kelley said he would like to see the ECHO tax eliminated altogether. While the council approved no change in the property tax rate of $5.69 per $1,000 of taxable value, it represents a tax increase because its higher than the rolled-back rate of $5.33. Council members Fred Lowry and Heather Post voted against the proposed tax rate but did not offer alternatives.news-journalonline.com
LIVE: Volusia County Council meeting
Will SunRail come to DeLand? The Volusia County Council is voting on reauthorizing their funding commitment talking about budget proposals, among other items on the agenda at today's Volusia County Council meeting. [READ MORE: With federal funds in sight, Volusia County Council reconsiders SunRail to DeLand]Tweets by Dustin_WyattNJnews-journalonline.com
SunRail in DeLand: Volusia sets up legal challenge to state's handover of costs in 2021
DELAND The Volusia County Council reaffirmed its commitment to fund one-quarter of the cost of a DeLand SunRail station Tuesday. A 2007 agreement to build SunRail in two phases included a DeLand station to have been in operation by now. The Volusia County Council voted unanimously to approve that letter, which goes on to say the FDOT "owed a duty to consult with Volusia. Volusia's share of the DeLand station would be $19.3 million, according to a letter from SunRail. Liquori gave the county a Wednesday deadline to commit to its share of the DeLand station.news-journalonline.com