After experiencing two collisions on Thursday (Dec. 13) at the same SunRail Colonial Drive crossing, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) conducted a safety evaluation at that location. One collision involved a SunRail train and the other involved Amtrak.
Here is what FDOT reported:
"Westbound traffic on Colonial Drive is extremely heavy during certain times of the day. Under current traffic conditions, back-ups could remain-even with further optimization of signal timing. However, the I-4 Ultimate team is exploring signal timing options. Drivers should not stop on the tracks, as traffic will still need sufficient time to clear during peak travel times. The I-4 Ultimate team is also examining additional pavement marking and signage enhancements in the construction zone to alert motorists not to stop on the tracks, or too close to them. It is extremely important that drivers stay behind the white stop bar facing the tracks and only proceed to the other side when there is a safe distance to fully clear the tracks. A train can come at any time and from any direction."