Here’s our rundown of the top ten things you need to know this week in Downtown Orlando area news.

  1. SunRail train tracker provides real-time train arrival information. now includes real time information on when trains are arriving at the stations along the SunRail route. SunRail schedule information is still not available in Google Maps.
  2. UCF adds $95 million for Downtown Orlando campus to five-year plan. While there are no specific plans and they are still investigating the idea, the board did pass line items in the five-year capital plan for the downtown campus.
  3. New Beefy King signage maintains original’s yellow charm. The Beefy King sign has been replaced with one that looks very similar to the original. We told you about the replacement last month.
  4. UberX competitor Lyft launches in Orlando today with two weeks of free rides. UberX has a new competitor in town. The Lyft vehicles typically have a pink mustache on the front grill and passengers are encouraged to sit in the front of the vehicle.
  5. Dyer to propose tax increase to bridge budget gap. The Mayor’s office is putting forward a $1 property tax rate increase. The increase would not cover the entire budget gap so further cuts are also needed.
  6. Mayor gives Citrus Bowl reconstruction tour. Mayor Dyer gave a tour of the Citrus Bowl reconstruction. Be sure to checkout the photos from the tour and the new video fly through of how it will look when complete.
  7. Ferg’s Depot to open in Church Street Train Depot this Fall. The Tampa based restaurant/bar is close to beginning construction. Don’t miss our photo tour of the inside of the historic train station.
  8. Megabus adds direct service from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale is the latest city to add direct bus service from Orlando.
  9. Organizations crowdfunding mural in Ivanhoe Village. Ivanhoe Village and the Orlando International Fringe Festival are looking to raise some money to have a cool mural of a sketch of Orlando from Thomas Thorspecken painted on their office in Ivanhoe Village.
  10. Ivanhoe Wine & Spirits at Savoy opens in Ivanhoe Village. The owners of Savoy Orlando opened a packaged liquor store next door selling beer, wine liquor and other alcohol related items.

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