Winter Park SunRail station grand opening - FOX 35 News Orlando

Winter Park SunRail station grand opening

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WINTER PARK, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Winter Park cut the ribbon Monday on its brand new SunRail and Amtrak station as Central Florida gets closer to the May 1 start date for commuter rail service.

The more than one-million-dollar station was paid for with federal grants, and Congressman John Mica, (R) of Winter Park, says the taxpayers did well.

"I think taxpayers can be very happy," he said. "This station came in under budget and was done ahead of schedule."

But, there could be a major issue with the station, located on West Morse Boulevard. It will be called a "kiss and ride" station, meaning riders are expected to be dropped off.

Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradley says there will be a three-hour parking limit in the lot that serves this station.

"This is not designed to be a place where people will come to and then park, then continue on their journeys."

The parking lot at the station is actually designed to reduce parking problems in downtown Winter Park. Most of the spaces in the lot will go to city employees that cannot find spaces at the City Hall parking lot and employees that work along Park Avenue.

Those employees take up valuable spaces along Park Avenue. Mayor Bradley says people that don't live in walking distance to the Sunrail station should not plan to leave their cars there for the day.

"This is a limited parking spot, so obviously parking is an important part of this, but I'm excited because Lynx and others will have their buses timed in such a way that people will be able to get to other parts of our city or our region."

SunRail service begins on May 1.

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