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Florida DOT OKs construction start of SunRail Phase II

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has given the green light for construction to begin on the second phase of the SunRail commuter-rail line in Central Florida, according to local media reports.


The $187 million project will extend the rail line from the Sand Lake Road area in southern Orange County to Poinciana, Fla. The contractor for Phase II is Middlesex-Herzog II of Littleton, Mass., The Ledger reported yesterday.

A groundbreaking ceremony is being slated for late April in Kissimmee. The SunRail station in Poinciana will be near the intersection of U.S. 17-92 and Poinciana Boulevard.

Phase II will include five stations: one in DeLand in Volusia County, the Meadow Woods Station in Orange County, and three stations in Osceola County, according to SunRail's website.

Passenger-rail service on the Phase II extension is expected to begin in February 2018.

Service began on SunRail's first phase — a 32-mile line from DeBary in Volusia County to Sand Lake Road in Orange County — in May 2014.

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