FDOT District Five Secretary Noranne Downs, P.E. welcomes the crowd to the DeBary SunRail groundbreaking.
SunRail accepts delivery of its first new rails December 2011. Each piece of rail was 1,600’ long and weighed more than 30 tons. The rail, to be used to lay a second set of tracks along much of the corridor, was brought in by train and laid alongside the existing tracks.
The rollers of the rail unloader ramp car carefully supported and guided the 30-ton rails off the train and on to the ground. The new rails were delivered December 2011 and will be used to build a second set of tracks along much of the SunRail corridor.
U.S. Representatives Corinne Brown and John Mica celebrate the beginning of SunRail construction at the groundbreaking event Jan. 27, 2012. They were among more than 500 who turned out at the site of the future Altamonte Springs Station to witness the transition from planning to building the commuter rail system.
Members of the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission joined the Federal Transit Administration Regional Administrator for Region 4 Yvette Taylor, Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad, and District Five Secretary Noranne Downs, and U.S. Representatives Corinne Brown and John Mica to drive ceremonial spikes marking the official start of SunRail construction.
LYNX helped celebrate the official start of SunRail construction by displaying its specially painted tandem bus. The bus is painted to look like a SunRail locomotive.
Contractors remove vegetation from alongside the SunRail corridor to make room for the second set of tracks. The clearing and grubbing work began in the DeBary area and crews are working southward from there.
Working in the shadow of the Florida Power and Light DeBary power plant, SunRail contractors prepare the ground for the installation of a second set of tracks.
Crews complete installation of a second set of tracks at the Barwick Road crossing in DeBary. SunRail contractors will be improving crossings throughout the SunRail corridor, including adding a second set of tracks and upgrading the crossing signals.
Workers lay down railroad ties alongside the existing tracks in the SunRail corridor. The ties will be part of the second set of tracks that will laid through much of the SunRail corridor.
Once the ties are laid, the rail is placed on top with plates keeping the rail in place and spikes holding it all together. Once completed, this second set of tracks will allow SunRail trains to travel bi-directionally over most of the corridor.
Concrete is poured into the forms for the SunRail station platforms. The platforms are being built adjacent to the SunRail tracks at the 12 stations in Phase 1.
FDOT District Five Secretary Noranne Downs, Orlando District 3 Commissioner Robert Stuart, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Lake Mary City Commissioner Jo Ann Lucarelli help cut the ribbon at the SunRail City Center in downtown Orlando. The SunRail City Center is a drop-in location for stakeholders who want information on SunRail.
Safety is very important to SunRail, and Operation Lifesaver helps communicate rail safety to pedestrians and drivers. SunRail contractors are working with groups throughout the area to spread the word about the need to stay safe near the tracks.
New segments of track to be used at crossings are first built alongside the existing tracks, then lifted into place after the ground is cleared and ready. Crews then insert crossing panels to smooth the ride, and repave the approach to the crossing.
The concrete footers for the SunRail platforms are cured to prevent them from getting brittle. As soon as they are ready, crews will build forms and pour the concrete for the platforms.
SunRail crews are also responsible for routine maintenance on SunRail’s 61.5 miles of railroad. This tamping machine is used to correct the alignment of the rails to make them parallel and level, in order to achieve a more comfortable ride for passengers.