Officials applaud grand opening of SunRail with float along

April 30, 2014 - box office

WE WILL REBOUND AND COME BACK STRONGER. COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES SHATTERED BY MOTHER NATURE’S WRATH. FIVE YEARS IN THE PLANNING AND $1.3 BILLION LATER AND THE SUN RAIL COMMUTER TRAIN SYSTEM IS READY TO ROLL STARTING TOMORROW MORNING. TODAY THE WHISTLE STOP GRAND OPENING HAD V.I.P.’S AND MEDIA RIDING THE FULL LENGTH OF THE 31.5-MILE SYSTEM FROM De BARY TO WEST ORANGE COUNTY. GREG FOX WAS ON THE FIRST TRIP. HOW WAS YOUR TRIP? we WOULD SAY FOR THE MOST PART IT WAS PRETTY SMOOTH. WE LEARNED EARLY ON AFTER WE LEFT VOLUSIA COUNTY THIS MORNING, IT GETS BUMPY. SO YOU HAVE TO HANG ON TO EITHER A SEAT OR ONE OF THE STAND-UP POLLS IN THE CAR WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO MOVE AROUND. OVERALL, IT WAS VERY SMOOTH. YOU CAN SEE ORLANDO MAYOR BUDDY DYER WHO WAS THE ORIGINAL CHAIR OF THE SUN RAIL COMMISSION AS THIS WAS BEING PLANNED FROM 2009 ON. HE’S SPEAKING HERE AT THE GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION. YOU CAN SEE THE TRAIN IN THE BACKGROUND. OVERALL, MOST OF THE COMMENTS WE’RE HEARING, VERY POSITIVE. [BELL RINGING] NORA HAD THE HONOR OF RINGING IN THE NEW SUN RAIL SERVICE. SHE’S BEEN RIDING THE BUS FROM VOLUSIA COUNTY TO HER DOWNTOWN ORLANDO JOB FOR 13 YEARS. WHEN THEY SAID THEY’RE GOING TO GET THE RAIL IN PROGRESS, we WAS JUST OVER THE MOON. we THOUGHT THIS IS JUST PERFECT, NO MORE I-4 GRIDLOCK EVER. THIS IS GOING TO BE WONDERFUL. ALL ABOARD! STARTING IN De BARY, WE RODE SUN RAIL TO THE NEXT 11 STOPS, ROLLING FIRST FROM VOLUSIA COUNTY TO SEMINOLE, ALONG WITH A COMMISSIONER. HE WAS A STATE SENATOR WHEN SUN RAIL WAS APPROVED IN 2009 AND SAYS THE UPCOMING I-4 CONSTRUCTION WILL MAKE SUN RAIL VERY MUCH IN DEMAND. WHEN I-4 ESPECIALLY STARTS TO GET — STARTS THE TRANSFORMATION THEY’RE GOING TO GO THROUGH AND ALL THE RECONSTRUCTION, IT’S GOING TO BE A GODSEND FOR THOSE FOLKS WHO USE I-4 EVERY SINGLE DAY. HIS GUEST RIDER WAS AN 8-YEAR-OLD WHO WAS AT THE CAPITOL WHEN SUN RAIL WAS APPROVED AND THINKS IT’S GREAT THE TRAIN JUST KEEPS ON ROLLING. ONCE we WAS WITH MY MOM IN THE CAR AND WE WERE STUCK IN TRAFFIC FOR LIKE TWO HOURS. WE WERE IN THE SAME SPOT. SO YOU HATED IT. SO THIS IS A LITTLE BETTER FOR YOU? UH-HUH. YES. THE BIG TEST FOR THE BILLION-DOLLAR PLUS RAIL SYSTEM IS WHETHER THE CRUSH OF LOCAL TRAFFIC WILL BE BAD ENOUGH FOR DAILY COMMUTERS TO LURE THEM AWAY FROM THEIR VEHICLES AND ON TO THE TRAIN CARS, ALL EQUIPPED WITH REST ROOMS, FREE Wi-Fi AND TABLES FOR DOING WORK WHILE YOU RIDE. AND WE’RE LIVE ONCE AGAIN OUTSIDE THE SAND LAKE ROAD STATION WHERE YOU CAN SEE ORLANDO MAYOR BUDDY DYER CONTINUING THE PROGRAM HERE, A NUMBER OF DIGNITARIES THAT RODE THE TRAIN ALL THE WAY DOWN FROM VOLUSIA COUNTY, GOT ON AT VARIOUS STOPS ALONG THE WAY, SOME OF THE 12 STOPS, 12 STATIONS OPERATING NOW WITH SUN RAIL. THE SERVICE, WHICH IS FREE, BEGINS TOMORROW. WE’LL CONTINUE TO HOP BACK ON THE TRAIN AND HEAD BACK TO VOLUSIA COUNTY AND WE’LL BRING YOU COMPLETE REPORTS BEGINNING ON WESH 2 NEWS FIRST AT 4:00 AND WE’LL HAVE UPDATES ONLINE AT WESH.COM. LIVE IN ORANGE COUNTY, GREG FOX. WE SHOULD HAVE HOPPED YOU ON IN WINTER PARK. THANK YOU. WHEN SUN RAIL SERVICE KICKS OFF TOMORROW, IT WILL BE FREE TO ALL RIDERS THROUGH MAY 16TH. AFTER THAT, TICKETS START AT $2 DEPENDING ON HOW FAR YOU’RE TRAVELING. THE MAIN GOAL IS TO SERVICE COMMUTERS WEEKDAY MORNINGS FROM

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