FDOT releases new details about proposed SunRail extension to this local county

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Transportation recently revealed new details about a proposed SunRail extension down to Polk County.

The agency projects expanding the commuter train from Poinciana to Lakeland will bring more than 300,000 additional rides each year, and cut out 14 million car miles.


There would be seven stops including Auburndale, Davenport, Haines City, Lake Alfred and Lakeland.

It’s projected to cost $850 million to complete and would be done in two phases.

Read: Estimates put Lynx, SunRail ridership on the rise. Here’s how much.

If finished, Polk County and its municipalities would be responsible for paying the 12 million in annual operating costs.

The project is now moving into a design phase.

Read: Here’s what must happen before SunRail weekend service begins

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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