It was announced this afternoon that the funds needed to complete the 2nd phase of Sunrail was included in the 2015 budget released by the Obama administration.
There were concerns that the commuter train that will ultimately run from Deland through Orlando, all the way to Poinciana could be delayed if the funds weren’t approved. The first phase is expected to be completed in a couple of months.
A short time after budget information was released, Winter Park Congressman and former House Transportation Chairman John Mica praised the decision. In a statement, he said the following.
“The President’s inclusion of SunRail Phase II is a significant step in moving the next phase of this project forward in Central Florida. Now State and local leaders must work together to ensure the completion of this of multi-county regional fixed transit system.
“I will continue to do all I can at the federal, state and local levels to ensure the financial and operational success of this major transportation and infrastructure project for Central Florida’s future.”
Transportation in general has been on a roll here in Central Florida. Last month it was announced that an Intermodal train system or a rail hub was being developed at the Orlando International Airport. This would eventually link up with Sunrail, as well as other rail systems that could take travelers all over the state.