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Old 04-04-2019, 05:04 PM   #1
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Default UPDATE!: SUNRAIL/VIRGIN trains to link to Airport/WDW (update with more info page 3)

Breaking news here! As for a local I am very happy to hear another SunRail line opening up. My working hours prevent me from utilizing Sunrail but many neighbors take advantage of it. Now I could SunRail over to the parks and avoid I-4 possibly? Super!!

I thought WDW would fight tooth and nail on this but it appears they are in favor of it...
https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news...404-story.html

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Old 04-04-2019, 05:12 PM   #2
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Breaking news here! As for a local I am very happy to hear another SunRail line opening up. My working hours prevent me from utilizing Sunrail but many neighbors take advantage of it. Now I could SunRail over to the parks and avoid I4 possibly? Super!!

I thought WDW would fight tooth and nail on this but it appears they are in favor of it...
https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news...404-story.html
Could you quote the article for those of us still blocked from the news site please?

Aside: Come on, get your act together with this nonsense access issue . It’s ridiculous that some organisations still can’t get it sorted out.
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Old 04-04-2019, 06:13 PM   #3
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Aside: Come on, get your act together with this nonsense access issue . It’s ridiculous that some organisations still can’t get it sorted out.
Like the Telegraph and the Times of London? Ahem. . .

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Old 04-04-2019, 06:41 PM   #4
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If the train links MCO and WDW could that mean DME is eliminated?
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Very intriguing.
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Old 04-04-2019, 08:55 PM   #6
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If the train links MCO and WDW could that mean DME is eliminated?
I doubt it it will get you to a station. WDW is huge you would still need to take a bus to the resort.
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Old 04-04-2019, 08:56 PM   #7
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I doubt it it will get you to a station. WDW is huge you would still need to take a bus to the resort.

Agreed.
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Old 04-04-2019, 09:19 PM   #8
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Depending on where in Tampa this could be a good thing. I hate I-4!
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Old 04-04-2019, 10:50 PM   #9
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Could you quote the article for those of us still blocked from the news site please?

Aside: Come on, get your act together with this nonsense access issue . It’s ridiculous that some organisations still can’t get it sorted out.

Here is most of the article:


Branson said his company’s presence has kept the Orlando link on track.
“Under the Virgin Trains banner, the team was able to raise nearly $1.8 billion here in the last three weeks,” Branson said. “That’s the money we need to build to Orlando.”
Branson said Virgin has “98 percent brand recognition in America and nearly 100 percent in Europe, whereas Brightline is really only known in Miami.”
“So I think the Virgin brand has helped in the process,” Branson said. “I think many people will learn about Virgin Trains in Orlando and jump on them.”
Goddard added that a Disney station “would integrate with their transportation system, hotels and theme parks.”
A nearly 20-mile extension to Disney would include a stop at SunRail’s Meadow Woods station about 10 miles south of downtown Orlando in south Orange County, meaning that the region’s commuter-rail system would finally have a link to Orlando’s airport.
Having started up five years ago, SunRail under the Florida Department of Transportation management no longer even has a proposal in place for linking with Orlando International Airport.
The prospect of Virgin Trains providing a link between SunRail and the airport has tantalized local leaders. But many differences between the two systems would have to be resolved.
SunRail’s base fare is about 10 cents per mile, while Virgin Trains’ charge about 30 cents a mile. With the higher fares of the two trains, Virgin offers more of a luxury experience; SunRail prohibits food and beverage on its trains, while Virgin serves them.
Goddard has said previously his company is ready to resolve operational differences.
“The Meadow Woods connection with SunRail obviously would be a pretty meaningful integration with the Central Florida transportation network,” Goddard said on Thursday.
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Old 04-05-2019, 05:11 AM   #10
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Not really seeing this impact our trips to WDW. I guess its good for locals?
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