ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
For business owners that expected a big boost from SunRail, the results are mixed so far. JoAnn Corvoisier opened JoAnn's Kitchen just across State Road 436 from the Altamonte Springs station for one simple reason.
"SunRail was 100 percent the reason why I opened!"
She's been thrilled with the results so far, even though food is not allowed on the SunRail trains. Corvoisier simply changed her menu.
"I've tailored my menu for some grab and go items, so that its easier for the commuter to just grab something on the run."
Winter Park restaurants have seen a boost as well, with people riding the train to grab a quick lunch along Park Avenue. There is less enthusiasm for the train on Church Street. Several businesses there tell FOX 35 extra business has dried up since the free service stopped in mid-May. Those businesses did have customers in them, but FOX 35 is told they are not coming as a result of SunRail. Corvoisier and the businesses along Church Street all say the more trains the better.
"I would like to see more SunRail service in the evenings and possibly the weekends. I'm sure if there was service on the weekends, we would definitely have more customers traveling on the weekends to come eat here."
Right now, there is no extra funds for the extra trains on nights or weekends. SunRail is falling just short of the expected ridership of 4,300 daily, but is greatly exceeding those numbers on Fridays.