As we continue to provide transportation options to Central Florida residents and visitors, proposals for various transit projects are progressing.
Transit Corridor Studies
Several areas of the region are undergoing or have recently completed transit corridor studies to determine feasibility of additional transit options. These studies explore various public transportation options that might improve transportation in specific corridors. Study areas include:
SunRail Phase 3 – Connection to Orlando International Airport: FDOT is currently planning for the extension of SunRail to Orlando International Airport. SunRail Phase 3 entered into project development with the Federal Transit Administration in October 2015. This step includes identifying the alignment, stops, and timing necessary for expanding commuter rail to the region’s largest airport. FDOT expects to complete the project development phase in Spring 2017.
Orlando International Airport (OIA) Connector Refresh Study: This study area includes OIA, Medical City at Lake Nona, International Drive, the Florida Mall, the Orange County Convention Center and various theme parks. Future steps include local agency approval of preferred alignments and technology. For more information, see the OIA Refresh Alternatives Analysis final report.
US 441 Viable Alternatives Study: This final report was completed in January 2015 and determined that the best transit technology to serve the corridor was improved local bus service. The study area ran from Eustis and Tavares in Lake County through northwest Orange County and the City of Apopka, ending at LYNX Central Station in Downtown Orlando with a connection to the SunRail corridor. For more information, see the US 441 Alternatives Analysis final report.
SR 50/UCF Connector Alternatives Analysis: This study was completed in October 2015 and determined that the best transit technology to serve the corridor was mixed traffic bus rapid transit. The study area includes the State Road 50 corridor from the University of Central Florida to the western Orange County Line. For more information, view the SR 50 Alternatives Analysis final report.
US 192 Bus Rapid Transit: The US 192 corridor serves critical points of interest in Osceola County. The proposed US 192 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route will connect the West 192 Business District, Walt Disney World, and downtown Kissimmee. The 20-mile route will improve accessibility for the thousands of residents and visitors who travel in the area daily. The project is expected to enter into project development with the Federal Transit Administration in mid-2017.
Privately Funded Rail Proposal
The proposed rail project below is privately-funded.
Brightline: An express train service that connects Central Florida to South Florida is currently under construction. Brightline, an express train service introduced by All Aboard Florida, will allow passengers to experience intercity travel at speeds between 79 and 125 miles per hour. While it will use an existing railway corridor between Miami and the Space Coast, Brightline is building new track between Cocoa and Orlando along State Road 528. Service between Miami and West Palm Beach is expected to begin in 2017. Once completed, train stations will be located in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando. The Orlando station will be part of the new Intermodal Terminal Facility currently under construction at the Orlando International Airport.
Visit our archive for additional documents on transit planning.