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Ever been to an Orlando Magic basketball game at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando?

It's great fun, especially if Orlando wins. (Here's hoping for a championship season.)

What's no so much fun is getting to and from Amway Center for games. Fortunately, relief is at hand. The SunRail train station at Church Street is about a five-minute walk from the Amway Center. The accompanying photograph was shot from the northbound platform of the Church Street SunRail station. Unfortunately, the SunRain train schedule is out of sync with game time at Amway Center. Sure you can catch SunRail to arrive at the game, but considering that the last SunRail trains leave Church Street before the game is over. How would you get home? Do you just leave Amway before the game is over?

SunRail said the Magic can pay thousands of dollars to charter a train to bring fans to and from the games. But why should the Magic have to do that? SunRail is a public resource for everyone -- including Magic fans.

This is not an Orlando Magic issue, and we're not season-ticket holders. There is much more going on at night in Central Florida beyond Orlando Magic games. Up and down SunRail's 31-mile corridor there are dozens of diverse activities and venues open at night to enrich the lives of residents and visitors. SunRail can make it much easier to experience everything this community has to over. However, SunRail stops running earlier than Andy Griffith's Mayberry rolled up the sidewalks at night. (Millennials, please check the TV reruns and you'll understand the Mayberry reference.)

Failure to provide service on the weekends and during late-night hours makes SunRail look as useful as a deep freezer at the Arctic Circle.

Enormous investments have been made to turn Central Florida into a world-class community with our amazing airport, convention center, public university, sports/events arena and performing arts center.

​This community deserves much more than a part-time train system.


SunRail schedule stops short

We need weekend and night train service

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