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Commuter train service begins in Central Florida

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.

Commuter train service begins in Central Florida 04/30/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:38pm]

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