The SunRail commuter-train expansion south into Osceola County, which would add four stations, will receive half of its $186.9 million project cost from the Federal Transit Administration, a funding accord that was announced in late September.
Twenty five percent of the balance will come from the Florida Department of Transportation and the rest from Orange and Osceola counties.
The stations that will be added under this project, called SunRail Phase 2 South, are at Meadow Woods in Orange County, and Tupperware, Kissimmee and Poinciana. The project will begin late this year or early next year with service expected to open two years later, an FDOT spokeswoman said.
A northern expansion of the SunRail, a project called Phase 2 North, to DeLand in Volusia County, is still in need of its $35 million in funding.
Regarding Phase 3 of the SunRail's expansion, the FTA in late October gave its approval to the FDOT to proceed with environmental and design work required for the 5.5-mile extension of SunRail to Orlando International Airport. The FDOT has not yet determined a cost for this leg.
The expansion of Phase 2 North and South would roughly double the length of the system to 61 miles. Right now, SunRail serves 12 stations in three counties, from DeBary in Volusia County to Sand Lake Road in Orange County. The project's first phase opened for passenger service on May 1, 2014.
FAST FACTS FOR SUNRAIL PHASE 2 SOUTH, NORTH
LOCATION: Osceola/Orange Counties
OWNER: Florida Department of Transportation until 2021
CONSTRUCTION START DATE: Estimated late 2015
END DATE: Estimated late 2017
PROJECT BUDGET FOR PHASE 2 SOUTH CONSTRUCTION: $186.9 million
PROJECT BUDGET FOR PHASE 2 NORTH CONSTRUCTION: $70 million
GENERAL CONTRACTORS: To be announced.