New SunRail Station Planned for Universal Orlando Resort

Orlando’s Right Rail coalition and Universal Orlando Resort have announced plans to open a new SunRail station at the Orange County Convention Center at Universal Orlando.

This project will advance the development of SunRail’s Sunshine Corridor programme to offer a commuter rail line between Orlando International Airport and the Orange County Convention Center. The Corridor will also connect passengers to Brightline services at the airport.

Universal Orlando Station
An artist’s conceptual rendering

The Shingle Creek Transit Utility Community Development District has been established to realise this vision and is now due to start infrastructure and site planning.

John Sprouls, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Universal Parks & Resorts said:

“We are one step closer to creating a multi-directional commuter rail system that benefits our entire region. The new SunRail corridor and convention center station will make it easier for residents to get to work, the airport and to the places they love. And it will enable business growth within the International Drive area and across the region.”

Universal Orlando is pledging 13 acres of land to the District to be used for the station.

This new site will also have inter-modal capability and will provide more travel options for over 100,000 local workers, as well as visitors to the Universal Resort.

City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Chairman for the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission said:

“The Sunshine Corridor is critical to moving our workforce. Creating a transportation network that connects our workers to their jobs, our residents to our airport, and allows our visitors to have options when they travel is essential.”

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