110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Apr 30, 2014 - 10:28:14am
SunRail commuter service got off to a bright and cheerful start Wednesday morning, April 30, when an inaugural ride took elected officials, press and others from the DeBary station to the Sand Lake Road station, just south of Orlando. Amenities aboard the train, including Wi-Fi allowed this reporter to post photos to The Beacon website while riding the rail.
Two weeks of free SunRail service, Thursday, May 1-Friday, May 16, will allow potential commuters to get accustomed to the service.
Trains will leave the DeBary station every half hour 5:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Mid-day trains will leave the station 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. During evening service, trains will leave the DeBary station every half hour, 3:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Northbound trains will arrive in DeBary every half hour 7:15 a.m.-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 5:15-10:15 p.m.
For now, trains will run Monday-Friday only. A trip from DeBary to Orlando will cost $4 — a $2 boarding fare, plus a $1 charge for each county line crossed. Purchase of SunRail passes — weekly, monthly or annually — will offer discounts.
During the free-ride period, SunRail ambassadors will be at stations to assist customers with ticket machines and questions they may have. Customers will be able to purchase SunRail passes at each of the SunRail stations from DeBary to Sand Lake Road.
"The free service is designed to allow passengers to experience the comfort and ease of commuting on SunRail, and become familiar with SunRail schedules and cost-savings prior to purchasing or activating more than 12,000 pre-sold passes on May 19," SunRail.com reports.
Votran will help commuters get to the train station, and get to their destination for less money, Votran General Manager Steve Sherrer said earlier.
A passenger's bus fare will include a transfer to board the train for free — eliminating the $2 fee to board the train, Sherrer said. The passenger will pay only the zone fee — $1 for each county line passed.
Fares for the feeder buses are the same as for other fixed routes, Sherrer said — $1.50 for adults and 75 cents for seniors, youth, and people with disabilities.
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