Rail system from OIA to I-Drive in the works



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Just two weeks after SunRail service started transportation, officials are moving forward with plans for another train service.

The Florida Department of Transportation just gave the initial go-ahead for train service connecting Orlando International Airport to the busy International Drive tourist corridor.

The train's route would run parallel to the Beachline Expressway, along Sand Lake Road.

Officials said the train system could transport as many as 1,300 visitors an hour on an elevated rail line that would begin at OIA.

"Sounds like a win-win for everyone," said tourist Mike Gianni.

Gianni said he and his family would like to have been able to climb on a train to take them to their hotel, but they were stuck waiting for a shuttle from the airport.

He said he was surprised Orlando didn't have a public rail system in place..

This video shows what the elevated magnetic-levitation train system will look like.

FDOT has awarded American Maglev Technology the opportunity to move forward and to lease right-of-way space for the rail system.

The train would travel about 15 miles on its route with stops at the SunRail Station near Orange Avenue, the Florida Mall. The ride would end at the Orange County Convention Center on International Drive.

Officials said a one-way trip would take about 30 minutes and cost $10 per person.

The first phase would cost $396 million and would be privately funded, according to officials.

Construction is expected to take 18 months.