There has been a lot of hype about the future addition of a commuter railroad train that will travel between Orlando and Poinciana. This would certainly help get some drivers off the congested roads. It appears there is just one problem with the idea at this point, and that is the planned location of the train station.
Sandra Gutierrez is the rail transportation project manager for the Florida Department of Transportation's Orlando Urban office. She recently gave a presentation to a group of business representatives at a Poinciana Area Council meeting. There, she stated that the train station would be located almost 10 miles away from the majority of Poinciana housing, in the Poinciana Industrial Park.
Gutierrez states "we will have feeder buses that will take people to the stations" as a way of helping commuters who do not want to drive to the stations or simply do not have a car.
The reasons given for the location of the new terminal were cost. Railroad tracks already exist in this area, and it was much more cost effective to buy existing tracks from CSX then to build a whole new rail line.
When complete, the new rail system will run a total of 61 miles. The project is to be built in two phases. Phase 1 begins in Volusia County near the town of Debary, and runs 31 miles to downtown Orlando. The second phase begins at Orlando Regional Medical Center and runs 23 miles to Poinciana.
There will be five stations, and the trains will have restrooms, power outlets, bicycle racks and single- and bi-level passenger cars.
Service is expected to begin in 2010.