Now we’re getting somewhere.
For the past couple of weeks we’ve been on a rant about poor pedestrian design of downtown Orlando’s SunRail station at Church Street.
Regular users know that after disembarking SunRail in the morning, riders have to survive a dangerous traffic obstacle course to get to work.
In addition, those boarding the southbound train at Church Street often to walk nearly 4 blocks to reach a ticket machine that accepts cash. The southbound platform doesn’t have a ticket machine that accepts cash, nor is there a sign telling riders where to find a cash machine. Click here to check it out.
|Mayor Buddy at SunRail meeting|
SunRail’s official response has been either silence, or to blow smoke up our you-know-what.
This morning, however, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer Tweeted this response: “We’re working to have a cash machine added and better ped access for that station. It’s definitely an issue.” Or click here.
The mayor’s response is what SunRail should have said months ago.
Granted there are issues where we may not see eye to eye with the mayor, but this is certainly a case where he walked the talk (No pun intended.)
In the mayor’s 2013 state of downtown speech Dyer said the city’s strategic transportation plan included “making Downtown a more pedestrian friendly destination and expanding public transportation options.”
Dyer’s following through, and he’s got the power to make things happen because he was just selected to chair the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission, which oversees SunRail.
We’re certainly grateful that Mayor Dyer has become directly and publicly involved in this matter, and look forward to a resolution.