Central Florida has more than doubled its population since 1990, and is expected to add more than a million new residents by 2040. To support and sustain the growing population, the region requires a transportation system that offers travel options.
Public transportation – or transit – is an important piece of an efficient transportation system. Benefits include fewer emissions, less-stressful commutes and healthier lifestyles.
Buses are crucial to many people in Central Florida for access to jobs, education, healthcare and shopping. LYNX provides fixed-route bus service in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. In fiscal year 2015, LYNX provided more than 29 million passenger trips – an average of 92,000 rides per day.
LYNX and the City of Orlando also offer LYMMO, a free bus service that circulates through downtown Orlando. ACCESS LYNX transports eligible disabled or transportation disadvantaged customers. For bus routes and schedules, visit the LYNX website.
The I-RIDE Trolley also provides frequent service in the International Drive resort area. It runs daily from 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. and is operated by the International Drive Business Improvement District.
SunRail, Central Florida’s regional commuter rail system, connects outlying areas to the metropolitan center. The system runs on weekdays and operates most frequently during peak travel times (morning and evening rush hours). In 2015, SunRail averaged 3,726 passengers per day.
SunRail currently connects 12 stations between DeBary and Sand Lake Rd., linking Volusia, Seminole and Orange counties. Phase 2 of the project will serve five additional stations, north to DeLand and south to Poinciana in Osceola County. Construction on phase two is under way.
Check out train schedules and status at the SunRail website.
To enhance pedestrian safety and quality of life along the SunRail corridor, MetroPlan Orlando has worked with FDOT and local governments to do preliminary planning studies and concept drawings for potential quiet zones.
These conceptual plans allow local governments to obtain planning level cost estimates of improvements needed to establish a quiet zone. The safety improvements are in line with the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) quiet zone guidelines. Once these preliminary costs are known, local governments can then identify funding for these safety measures.
The following technical memorandum contains conceptual plans for SunRail Phase 1 quiet zone improvements:
MetroPlan Orlando is planning to do a similar quiet zone concept drawing study for SunRail Phase 2 in fiscal year 2016/17. For more information, contact Virginia Whittington at 407-481-5672 x314.
Projects Under Consideration
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