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Article By: Ryan Lynch



SunRail users who take the train downtown are getting a later southbound option extended into this month.

The $1.3 billion commuter rail previously tested the new late train during October through November, adding a 10:30 p.m. time slot for its southbound customers. The last southbound train from Church Street station usually departs at 9:01 p.m., compared to 10:30 p.m. for the last northbound train.

Dates in December when the train will run, which coincide with Orlando Magic home games, include:

  • Dec. 5
  • Dec. 7
  • Dec. 19
  • Dec. 26
  • Dec. 28

Over the six previous dates, the late southbound train averaged 44.5 riders according to Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Olson. The ridership ranged from 28 people for the Nov. 5 train to 63 for the Nov. 14 train.

The additional train could add the potential for people to take the train home from work or events downtown in both directions instead of leaving early or finding another form of transportation. The route uses a crew based in Poinciana, so no extra resources other than more fuel will be used for the later southbound train.

SunRail currently is working with its Montreal-based operations and maintenance contractor Bombardier Inc. on the potential for extended 10:30 p.m. southbound service, Olson said. There has not been a final decision made on the route yet.