110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Volusia County gets ready to ride the rails; free SunRail service starts May 1
Line goes from DeBary to south of Orlando
By Pat Andrews
posted Apr 11, 2014 - 11:24:44am
Delays are nothing new in government or construction, and the start of free SunRail service is no exception.
The free rides, originally scheduled for the last couple of weeks in April, have been postponed. Free service will be available Thursday, May 1, through Friday, May 16, instead, giving prospective SunRail riders a chance to check out the accommodations, schedules and connections.
SunRail will be running the regular commuter schedule during that time, with service available to Sand Lake Road, just south of Orlando. Stops along the way are in Sanford, Lake Mary, Longwood, Altamonte Springs, Maitland and Winter Park, and in Orlando at Health Village, Lynx Central Station, Church Street, and Orlando Health/Amtrak.
Departures: Trains will leave the DeBary station every half-hour between 5:30 and 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Midday trains will leave the station at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. During evening service, trains will leave the DeBary station every half-hour between 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Arrivals: Northbound trains will arrive in DeBary every half hour between 7:15 and 9:45 a.m. Two midday trains will pull into the station at 12:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Evening trains will bring commuters home, arriving in DeBary every half hour from 5:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.
For now, trains will run Monday-Friday only.
For the full schedule, go online to the SunRail website.
During the free-ride period and for several weeks afterward, SunRail ambassadors will be available at each station and on the trains to answer questions and assist travelers.
Votran feeder-bus service to the DeBary station will be available beginning May 1; it will cost the same as for other fixed bus routes: $1.50 for adults and 75 cents for seniors, youth and people with disabilities.
Those who connect with SunRail by riding a bus will get a discounted train fare.
Riders who travel to train stations on Votran buses in Volusia County and on Lynx buses in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, will get "seamless transfers and discounted fares," according to SunRail.
Passengers can transfer onto the trains for free, saving the $2 boarding fee, and will pay only the $1 fee for each county line crossed on the commuter train.
Discounted "SunCards" will allow regular travelers to travel SunRail for one fixed cost. For example, a one-month card taking a passenger to Orlando costs $84, and will allow unlimited trips during the month. Cards can be purchased for seven days, 30 days, or one year of service. Cards can be obtained at SunRail stations, or online at www.sunrail.com, and at some authorized retailers.
SunRail ambassadors will assist passengers with ticket vending machines on each train platform.
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