SunRail project finally starts to leave the station
August 24, 2011, 1:48 am
A torrent of money has been flowing to SunRail since Gov. Rick Scott lifted the crossbars that blocked the Central Florida commuter train. More than $400 million is being spent — or soon will be — as the train begins a slow roll toward startup in May 2014. The tax dollars will purchase everything from locomotives and steel rails to concrete pads for depots. The project is expected to generate 8,000 construction jobs.
Eventually $1.2 billion will be expended getting SunRail from a set of blueprints to reality. About half of the money will purchase the train and accompanying needs and the rest will go to CSX, the Jacksonville rail company that owns the 61 miles of tracks SunRail will use.