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Old May 10th, 2005, 05:54 AM   #1
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Trains of the Kingdom of the Mouse

The following photos are of the trains in a well-known theme park in Orlando, Florida:

Narrow-gauge steam train:



Monorail:



Monorail operating through atrium of Contemporary Resort hotel:



Linear Induction Motor (LIM) powered people mover:

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Old May 10th, 2005, 07:06 AM   #2
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Old May 10th, 2005, 07:19 AM   #3
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I find it funny that the Disney World Monorail is longer than Vancouver's new ridiculously expensive RAV Line and yet carries more people that what RAV can ever do. It is also the longest monorail in North America at 23.6 km.

http://www.monorails.org/tMspages/WDW.html
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Old May 10th, 2005, 07:37 AM   #4
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I find it funny that the Disney World Monorail is longer than Vancouver's new ridiculously expensive RAV Line and yet carries more people that what RAV can ever do. It is also the longest monorail in North America at 23.6 km.

http://www.monorails.org/tMspages/WDW.html
Yes, I remember it! It's in Orlando.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 09:31 PM   #5
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ORLANDO | Public Transport

Hi everyone!

I think that it's about time that Orlando, FL gets its own public transport thread here. The area is currently building a commuter rail system, which the first phase is set to open next year, and intercity rail to Miami by 2015.

I realize that anything regarding intercity rail may not be able to be placed in this forum. But I want to mention it here anyways.

Bus: Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (known as LYNX)
Commuter Rail: SunRail - First phase to open in 2014. Second phase to open in 2016.
Intercity Rail: Florida East Coast Industries (known as All Aboard Florida) - First phase to open in 2015 between Orlando and Miami. Plans are in the works for a second phase between Orlando and Jacksonville. Tampa could be included in a third phase later on.

More to come real soon!
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Old December 2nd, 2013, 05:38 AM   #6
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What happened with Lex Luthor Gov. Scott and the line from Tampa to Orlando. Is that still dead for the foreseeable future?
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HSR is dead for the next 50 years in FL, unless a miracle happens. The innercity rail line is pretty much a consolation prize.
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Old December 4th, 2013, 07:44 PM   #8
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What is the second phase for Sun Rail?
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What is the second phase for Sun Rail?
List of the Sunrail stations from Wikipedia:

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Old March 6th, 2014, 09:16 PM   #10
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On the 5th March, FTA announced list of 32 favorable transit projects for funding for 2015. Region's favored matched in red:

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Definitely great news!
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From Railway Gazette:

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SunRail rises in Orlando
01 May 2014





USA: The SunRail commuter rail route serving Orlando was officially opened on April 30, with two weeks of free travel starting the following day.

The 50 km first phase from DeBary to Sand Lake Road in Orange County serves 12 stations. Construction began January 2012 and included double-tracking the line which the state bough from CSX in November 2011, resignalling and construction of an operations control centre.

The federal government is contributing 50% of the $357·2m construction cost through a $178·6m grant. The remainder is shared equally between the state and local authorities.

MotivePower has supplied seven diesel locomotives and Bombardier 20 double-deck cars. Bombardier is also providing operations and maintenance services under a $195m 10-year contract signed in April 2013.

Services run every 2 h off-peak, and every 30 min in the peak. In addition to single tickets, rechargeable SunCard smart cards will be available for weekly, monthly and annual season tickets.

The second phase would extend the service north to DeLand and south to Poinciana, taking the line to 98 km and adding a further five stations.
Well done, Orlando!!
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More photos from SunRail's Facebook page:







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And from News13 Orlando:

Maitland station:




Sand Lake Road station:










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And it seems that SunRail didn't expect such rideship, even in the first day of operation:

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SunRail Day 1: Trains reach capacity, running 30 minutes behind
May 1, 2014

ORLANDO -- Local leaders hoping for a big turnout on SunRail's first day in service got what they wanted Thursday morning. But the turnout has gotten so big, some trains have filled to capacity, preventing some passengers from boarding.

That's also causing the trains to run about 30 minutes behind schedule as of just before noon.

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After years of planning and waiting, SunRail has arrived, picking up its first set of public passengers Thursday morning as commuter rail in Central Florida finally becomes a reality.

Local leaders and members of the media got a preview ride on Wednesday, but SunRail officially entered service to the public at 5:06 a.m. as the first train departed Sanford for Orlando.

Five SunRail trains began service Thursday morning, running from DeBary to south Orlando, with 12 stations along the 32-mile track.

Best of all for commuters who want to try out the new line, SunRail will be FREE for all passengers through May 16.

The Florida Department of Transportation hopes the next two weeks of free service will draw people to check out SunRail and eventually choose it over heavy traffic on I-4.

"I think it's a good idea," one commuter at the LYNX Central Station in downtown Orlando said Thursday morning as he waited to board his first SunRail train. "It's faster, more convenient, cleaner, nice scenery."

"It is Wi-Fi friendly, it's light and friendly," said Volusia County Councilwoman Patricia Northey. "The chairs are comfortable, the tables to work on. Why would anyone want to get into their car?"

FDOT said it hopes 4,300 people board SunRail daily. The trains will continue making stops until 10:11 p.m., when the final northbound train stops in DeBary.

SunRail first got the green light to begin construction in 2007. Seven years later, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, who fought hard to bring commuter rail to the City Beautiful, is now counting on its success.

"We are on the verge of the most exciting year in the history of Orlando, and I'm proud to be here today," Dyer said Wednesday during a grand opening ceremony. "When I went to a meeting, the question was always, 'Do we really need SunRail?' There were naysayers about whether we should build it, and I haven't heard that question in years now."

Instead, Dyer has been hearing other questions for those eager to see SunRail succeed:
  • When will SunRail start running overnight and on weekends?
  • When will SunRail link up to Orlando International Airport?
Those questions still don't have definite answers, but Dyer — and many others — hope they will come soon.

The cost of the SunRail is already over $1 billion. Half of that came from a federal grant, 25 percent from the state of Florida, the remaining 25 percent from counties and cities the line serves.
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Orlando is a very car-centric city. Ridership will drop by 99% when the free period is over. People are just riding for fun now.
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Thanks, Suzy Sunshine!
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Orlando is a very car-centric city. Ridership will drop by 99% when the free period is over. People are just riding for fun now.
But wait until hyperinflation comes, plus gas prices are horrible.
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We will see how sustained ridership is in a couple months...
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Orlando is a very car-centric city. Ridership will drop by 99% when the free period is over. People are just riding for fun now.
Wasn't it also said about Charlotte? The light rail there has far exceeded expectations. The system in Dallas, another very car-centric city, has also done very well.
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