ORLANDO — The track wasn't always clear, but commuter train service has arrived in Central Florida.
The region ushered in its first light-rail, mass transit system as federal, state and local officials christened the train and its 12 initial stations during a rolling celebration Wednesday.
The general public can begin using the service for the first time Thursday.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott rejected more than $2 billion in federal high-speed rail funding in early 2011 that would have connected Tampa and Orlando. But after some hesitation, a few months later he approved a deal that opened construction for SunRail after he was sold on its job-creation benefits and potential to reduce congestion on Interstate 4.