• WFTV gets inside look at new Sunrail stations


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Channel 9’s Racquel Asa got a look Friday at what the new Sunrail stations and trains will look like.

    The train, which is expected to take on passengers in May 2014, will run between Debary and Sand Lake Road.

    The station in Altamonte Springs is the furthest along in terms of completion, compared to the other 11 set to open early next year.

    About 90 percent of the Altamonte station has been completed, which will make it the first station to be finished, officials said.

    But City Manager Frank Martz said it will take much longer than the construction phase to determine success.

    "If we're looking for success in the first, second or third year, then we're looking very short term," he said. "Sunrail success is going to be measured over decades."

    The Sunrails are being built in upstate New York, and it'll take about two weeks to bring them down to Orlando when ready.

    The first one is set to arrive in July so the state can test it on the tracks before the end of the year.

    "I think the best marketing is to show it moving," said Martz.

    But before the platforms can open, the state still needs to drop off all the ticket vending machines that will be needed for passengers. Officials said they'll start installation on the machines before the year's end.

    The state expects 4,300 passenger trips in the first year and nearly double by 2030. The entire project costs $1 billion, which covers the first 12 stations that are set to open in May.

    An additional five stops are planned for Volusia and Osceola counties in the future.

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