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As SunRail ridership declines, operators ask why

SunRail is running on this Columbus Day morning. It’s a holiday for some workers, but the commuter train is running Monday as usual. Steve Olson of the Florida Department of Transportation says operators don’t know how the holiday will affect ridership. He says ridership is down since SunRail opened in May, and operators are trying to figure out why. They think it might be the recent soggy weather or schools going back into session. “Certainly after a strong start I think the expectation was maybe we would be at that point where we were. Maybe a little higher. So we may be scratching our heads a little here and saying, Why the fall-off?” Construction scheduled to begin next year on …
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SunRail to Run Slightly Later

Catching the last SunRail train will soon be easier.  Starting August 25, the last SunRail train will run 15 minutes later to accommodate healthcare workers.  The northbound line will stop at Orlando Health at 7:37 p.m., instead of 7:22 p.m.  It will reach the Florida Hospital at 7:49 p.m. The change is for healthcare workers who work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Jody Barry is Florida Hospital’s director of strategic development.  He says nurses on that shift need extra time to catch the train. “We have what we call a hand-off period, where the two nurses discuss what’s going on with patients. You know, Mr. Smith has this going on, and Mr. Jones has that going on,” he says.  …
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