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When most of us vent our frustration about SunRail's weekday-only schedule, we talk about all the cool places we could visit on weekends if the train ran Saturdays and Sundays.
But for numerous riders weekend SunRail service isn't about "leisure riding". They need weekend SunRail service to get to work because they don't have a traditional Monday to Friday work week. They work weekends and many can't afford cars.
Recently we heard from an Orlando woman whose adult daughter rides SunRail on weekdays to her waitress job in Altamonte Springs.
When SunRail is running the daughter can get to work in about 40 minutes. But on the weekends when she has to rely on several Lynx buses to reach her job it takes nearly 3 hours to travel to work.
Some will say: "Well before SunRail she was taking the bus. What's the big deal if she has to take the bus two days a week?"
Well, before indoor plumbing everybody had to go outdoors to use the outhouse. Today how many of us would want to go outside to use the outhouse a couple of days every week?
The young woman with the waitress job certainly is not alone. There are many riders who work non-traditional schedules, including folks employed in the hospitality/tourism industry, hospitals, public safety and the airport, to name a few. Their need for reliable 7-day SunRail service is at least as important, if not more important, than our desire to ride the train to the Winter Park farmers Market on Saturday morning.
We need weekend SunRail for the folks who work on the weekends.
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