About commuter rail
Commuter rail transit (CRT) uses steel-wheeled technology similar to a traditional train and is generally powered by a diesel locomotive. Existing CSXT railroad tracks will be utilized for SunRail's planned route. SunRail trains will consist of 1-3 cars, in addition to a locomotive, and can carry about 150 seated passengers per car. Maximum operating speed is generally between 65-79 mph.
What It Is Used For
Since Commuter Rail uses existing rail lines, it cannot mix with commuter or bus traffic. Because of this, commuter rail is usually used to connect outlying regions to centralized cities over longer distances (typical travel times can be 45 minutes or longer). Riders need to follow a schedule because CRT provides long-haul, limited-hour service. That is, it primarily operates during "peak" commuter times - i.e. morning and evening rush hours - to shuttle folks to a downtown or employment center area and then back home.
SunRail proposes to use existing railroad tracks as its main artery. This route would consist of 61 miles of service to DeLand, through Orlando and downtown Kissimmee to Poinciana. Phase 1 is 31-miles and will connect DeBary to Sand Lake Road in Orange County. SunRail trains will operate every 30-minutes during "peak" morning (5:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.) and afternoon (3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.) rush hours; and at two-hour intervals during non-peak hours.