UPDATED April 30, 2014 based on the schedule that will be used on May 1 when service beings.
As we get closer to the SunRail start date of May 1 we’ll be walking you through some of the basics of riding SunRail. Today we take a look at the SunRail schedule.
We told you that SunRail would be testing their schedules this week and now we have a better sense of what that schedule looks like. The Florida Department of Transportation published a preliminary schedule on their website this week.
While the schedule is still subject to change we wanted to answer some of the more frequently asked questions about the schedule.
How often will SunRail run?
We’ve been reporting that SunRail will run every 30 minutes during peak times (5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and every two hours during non-peak times.
While that works as a quick way to explain when you examine the schedule you’ll notice that some of the non-peak trains in the afternoon will run every two-and-a-half hours.
How long will SunRail take to get me to work?
To get from SandLake to DeBary, the entire length of the current SunRail route will take just a little over an hour. From station to station by car that would normally take 33 minutes without any traffic.
A more realistic commute would be from Lake Mary to Downtown Lynx Central Station. That route by SunRail will take 35 minutes. That same route would take 21 minutes in traffic. By bus, you would be looking at over an hour easily.
A couple of notes: 1) That assumes no traffic 2)Yes, you still need to get to and from the station 3)SunRail provides free WiFi so you can put that 35 minutes to good use.
How late in the evening will the last SunRail train run?
This tends to be the most disappointing facts for most people.
The current schedule has the last southbound train leaving DeBary at 8:00 p.m. and making its way south and arriving at the Sand Lake Road station at 9:03 p.m.
We assume it will be that same train that will then go to the switching station and return to pick-up northbound passengers at Sand Lake Road at 9:15 p.m. That last northbound train will arrive in DeBary at 10:18 p.m.
This mean passengers who are working downtown and needing to go south will have their final train arrive at Lynx Central Station at 8:48 p.m. and passengers going north will have their last train downtown at 9:28 p.m.
Will SunRail run on the weekend?
Simply put, no. The agreement the cities and counties put together does not allow the Florida Department of Transportation to operate regular service on the weekend. However, it is possible for the train to run for special events.
You can view the current SunRail schedule at SunRail.com. For trip planning purposes you should always check the latest schedule posted on SunRail.com.
Originally published on March 11, 2014.