In late 2011, The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in cooperation with the federal government and local officials in Central Florida agreed to advance a commuter rail transit project known as “SunRail.” The service runs along a 61-mile stretch of existing rail freight tracks in a four-county area.
Conrad Yelvington Distributors, Inc. (CYDI) supplied both the ballast and sub-ballast of this two year Central Florida project. Archer Western Contractors and RailWorks Track Systems, both located in Atlanta, Georgia led the project and CYDI supplied over 250k tons of material.
SunRail trains 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. In the next five decades, the population of Central Florida is expected to more than double. With traffic congestion becoming a growing concern for those who live, work and visit the area, SunRail provides reliable mobility service during peak travel times and provides new opportunities to focus growth in urban areas and improve job opportunities.