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SunRail Night Train Cancelled Due To Dismal Ridership

The late-night SunRail has turned into a ghost train over the last couple months and so it will completely stop running as of Friday, Dec. 18 and be re-slotted to a 1 p.m. ride out of DeBary. Because of this move, the previous 12:30 p.m. ride will be moved to noon.

“We want to substantiate the leisure rider,” Miguel Torres said Wednesday at a government agencies meeting. Torres explained that the plan is to pick up more “fun travelers,” riders who may want to grab lunch in downtown Winter Park or Orlando.

Night Train Numbers Haunt The SunRail

The train service, which has only been in place since May 1, 2014, has not maintained the 4,300+ average daily ridership goal officials hoped to meet in 2015. The new schedule will be revisited in three to six months to see if it is attracting enough riders. If not, the train could be moved to another time. SunRail has 12 stops along a 31.5-mile route that links downtown Orlando with Winter Park and Sanford, among other stations. Plans are underway to extend SunRail an extra 30 miles by going south into Osceola County.