Project schedule updating
However, the cost of construction ended up being above the 5 million quoted and the agreement still allows CSX to run a limited number of freight trains along the line at night, although the majority of the freight traffic has been rerouted west to CSX's "S" Line.
The system was financed by the federal government, the state and the counties.
Instead of building an entirely new rail line, the State of Florida purchased a 61-mile segment of the existing "A" Line between De Land and Poinciana from CSX Transportation.
The total cost of the system was originally estimated at 5 million for construction plus 2 million to purchase the right of way and tracks.
At the end of July 2007, Orange County, Seminole County, Osceola County, Volusia County and the City of Orlando all voted on and approved the Sunrail project.
Additional federal money may be attracted to reduce the financial cost to the state.Volusia County, Seminole County, Orange County, the City of Orlando and Osceola County are the partners in the project.Fifty percent of the funding came from a federal transit "New Starts" grant.During its first year of operation, Sun Rail made a total of .2 million from a combination of fares, advertising and fees paid by CSX and Amtrak to run their trains through the corridor.
However, Sun Rail spent a total of .4 million during that same year, ending it with a .2 million deficit and an average daily ridership of 3,700 passengers.
On December 8, 2009 the contractual requirement necessary to move forward with Sun Rail was passed along with funding for South Florida's Tri-Rail system.