Sun Rail Seeks Your Opinion as it Considers Extension Into Polk

Public Asked to Complete Survey


Last updated 3/4/2023 at 9:47am

Courtesy Sun Rail

The Sun Rail commuter trains currently run to 16 stops between Poinciana in northeastern Polk County and DeBary, north of Sanford. Extending the line westward across Polk County is under consideration.

The Federal Railroad Administration Friday gave SunRail and Brightline, Central Florida's dual passenger train ambitions, an extension of the looming deadline to apply for funding to expand from Orlando's airport to the region's tourism hub and across Polk County to Tampa. Sun Rail currently serves 16 locations between Poinciana and DeBary.

Courtesy FDOT

A survey being conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation Polk County seeks to determine public interest in extending commuter rail service to Polk County. The line offers quick service to downtown Orlando and other locales, and may be extended to Tampa as well.

The Florida Department of Transportation is responsible for coordinating local governments and the private Brightline Trains, which are already constructing a line to connect Orlando with South Florida. FDOT is seeking a grant from the $4.6 billion Federal Infrastructure fund created by the Recovery Act in support of expanded rail service.

To support the grant request, FDOT and Polk County have begun a stud to determine interest in riding the line, and where citizens believe stations should be located along the proposed routes, which closely follow the existing rails and I-4 corridor across the northern portion of the county. A line running south along the crowded US 27 corridor is not currently under consideration.

The survey will be live during February. Those wishing to offer comments may click on this link.


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