Yesterday, on the anniversary of SunRail’s first trip, U.S. Representatives John Mica, Alan Grayson, Corrine Brown, and Daniel Webster, along with U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, received notice from the Federal Transit Administration that the signing of a full funding grant agreement, allowing Phase 2 South to move forward, is expected this fiscal year.
Specifically, the FTA has come to an agreement with FDOT on a final cost, scope, schedule and operating costs for the SunRail Phase 2 South project reflecting and confirming that the updated overall project rating for the project is Medium High, based on a Finance rating of Medium-High and a Project Justification rating of Medium.
The next step is for FTA and FDOT to begin developing a formal schedule for the signing of the FFGA, expected to take place this fiscal year.
Members in the Central Florida Congressional Delegation had the following response.
Rep. John Mica:
“While this news was not unexpected, it is certainly welcome, as it will allow us to expand service schedule and move us toward a regional passenger rail system for all Central Florida.”
Rep. Alan Grayson:
“I thank Acting Administrator Therese McMillan for her support of this project, and look forward to continuing to work with her and the rest of my Central Florida colleagues to ensure that all of Central Florida’s residents receive the SunRail service they have been promised.”
Rep. Corrine Brown:
“On the one year anniversary of SunRail, this is great news for Central Florida’s traveling public and will allow for the continued expansion of this critical system.”
Sunrail celebrated it’s anniversary by offering free coffee, and donuts to it’s riders yesterday. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer along with officials from the Florida Department of Transportation to a 3 county celebratory ride to mark the occasion.