One of the biggest questions surrounding Sunrail, the commuter train system that will eventually run from Volusia to Osecola counties, is a relatively simple one that hasn’t found a good answer, from any of the lawmakers or transportation officials behind the highly scrutinized project.
What happens when you get to the rail station on the second half of your commute? How do you get to work/school/shopping center when you’re stranded? How do you get to your true final destination?
The City of Lake Mary has the answer to those questions, but it’s going to cost a little money.
According to a WFTV Report that aired last night, the city is considering renting vans from Lynx, to get commuters through the final leg of their journey.
As you heard, the proposal is still up for a vote from the City Commission. $690 a month per Van is the cost but the city will pay half. So, 345×12 (the number of vans wanted)= + the cost of paying the driver (unless there is another plan for that).
So, about $4100 a month to ensure Sunrail isn’t a bust in your town?
Plus, Lake Mary is arguably the most fertile ground for higher paying jobs in the area. Verzion, Florida Blue are due to expand, and it’s already a growing tech hub. There might also be riders going to work on the Wekiva Parkway at some point.
Other cities with big employers located miles from the spine of Sunrail, should look into similar arrangements if they want Central Floridians to separate from their cars. An analogy once put by an expert that would be like “Getting Mickey Mouse to Divorce Minnie Mouse”.
This is only one half of the equation. Riders still have to consider the first part of their journey, and weigh whether it’s worth parking their cars at a station, just to jump on a train. Instead of slugging it out with I4 traffic.