Reps. Soto, Demings, Murphy Announce $16 Million Grant for SunRail Phase 2 South Project
Representatives Darren Soto, Stephanie Murphy and Val Demings announced today the Central Florida Commuter Rail, known as SunRail, is receiving a $16 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to complete the Phase 2 South Project, which will extend SunRail services from the existing railroad south of Orlando through Kissimmee and Poinciana in Osceola County.
“Securing SunRail funding and improving Central Florida’s transportation infrastructure has been one of our top priorities in Congress, for both my office and the Central Florida congressional delegation,” stated Rep. Soto. “I am ecstatic to see this project advance as it will help our residents and commuters in Central Florida, all the way from Orange County down through Kissimmee and to Poinciana.”
“Since arriving in Congress, we’ve been laser-focused on delivering results for our central Florida community, including funding for Sunrail Phase 2 South,” Murphy said. “Orlando is a world-class city and it deserves a world-class transportation system, and commuter rail is a critical component of this. I’m proud of everything our delegation did to help secure this funding and of our work to provide central Florida residents and visitors with efficient, safe, and reliable transit options.”
Said Rep. Demings: “Central Florida is not only one of the fastest growing regions in the country, but also one of the most forward-looking. Today, the federal government has stepped up to invest in our innovation with a $16 million grant for SunRail’s southern expansion. As we continue to grow our economy and attract new and returning visitors to Central Florida, it’s vital that our infrastructure keeps pace. Today’s news helps ensure that our region remains a great place to live, work, and play—now and in the future.”
The Phase 2 South expansion project is a 17.2-mile segment that will add four additional stations to the existing rail system and according to SunRail it is expected to be up and running by the summer of 2018. It will link Sand Lake Road in Orange County to Poinciana in Osceola County.
The funding for the project was included in the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Act, enacted into law in May 2017.