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The event will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. next to Lake Mary City Hall, which is 2 blocks from the Lake Mary SunRail station. Lake Mary Shuttle will provide free transportation to and from the train station. Look for the van with the SunRailRiders logo on the side.
We organized the meetup to:
- Strongly support SunRail. Now more than ever, it’s critical that we stand together to show the community that we believe mass transit is critical to our community.
- Call for weekend SunRail service. Central Florida is one of the most dynamic communities in the United States. Many people don’t have the luxury to work a conventional Monday to Friday 9 to 5 schedule. They need trains on weekend to get to work. What’s more there’s so much going on during the weekends – social, sports, and cultural events – that it doesn’t make sense to park the trains in the yard for the weekend. We need weekend service. We deserve weekend service
- Celebrate the signing of the full-funding agreement for the southern extension of SunRail and the construction of new stations in Meadow Woods, Osceola Parkway, downtown Kissimmee and Poinciana.
- Demonstrate our support for the northern extension of SunRail to DeLand in Volusia County. Connecting to DeLand is essential to completing the dream of a commuter rail line that connects Volusia, Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties. Uniting those four counties creates a new universe of educational, cultural, business and cultural opportunities. Currently we’re waiting to see if the federal government approves a special grant to expand that service. Regardless of whether that grant is approved, we still need to extend SunRail to DeLand.
The SunRailRiders meetup is a great excuse to stop off for a few minutes and visit us after work and to check out WineArt Wednesday, a wonderful monthly street party that features art, music, food trucks and wine.
At the SunRailRiders tent we’ll be handing out SunRailRiders swag and Halloween treats.
Riders will also have a chance to test their SunRail trivia knowledge. The trivia contest winner gets a shopping spree at Florida Mall in Orlando — a 5-minute bus ride from the Sand Lake Road SunRail station.
You can make your mark on the SunRail graffiti wall. Let’s just say that those who grew up in cities like New York, Baltimore, Chicago and Boston know that graffiti is part of the urban train experience.
We will not be alone at the SunRailRiders tent. Our friends from Juice Bike Share and the Orlando Conductor Crawl will also be at the tent. This is a great opportunity to get signed up for the bike share program and check out their bikes. The Orlando Conductor Crawl – the original SunRail-oriented pub crawl – will hold one of their events 2 days after the Lake Mary meetup. Drop by to find out more about the Conductor Crawl.
The best reason to attend is that we’ll get to meet and have some fun. Drop by for 5 minutes, or drop by for an hour. We’d love to meet each and every SunRail rider.
See you at the meetup!
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