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Ride Central Florida's SunRail for free

SunRail, Central Florida's inaugural commuter rail system, will offer free rides to passengers for the first two weeks of service beginning on May 1, 2014. The opportunity to try the new transportation option free of charge ends on May 16, 2014.

The new SunRail system will carry passengers between stations spanning the distance between the city of DeBary located in Volusia county to a SandLake Road station in Orange County. The free rides will give passengers a chance to become familiar with the scheduled stops at the 12 stations and to experience the ease and comfort of commuting by rail.

SunRail ambassadors, easy to identify in black polos with SunRail logo and black pants, will be on hand to answer questions and assist with any problems that may arise during the free trial period. Once the trial period ends they will continue to assist passengers and remind them to "Tap On" at ticket validators when boarding and "Tap Off" when they arrive at their destinations.

More than 12,000 pre-sold passes will become activated on May 19 when fares for the transit system go into effect. A one-way fare from DeBary station at one end of the line to Sand Lake Road at the opposite end of the line will cost a passenger $4.00 and to purchase a round-trip between these two stations will cost $7.50.

The Florida Department of Transportation reminds everyone to take care around railroad tracks. Obey all railroad and traffic signals and to look both ways before approaching railroad crossings and accessing SunRail platforms. For more information about the SunRail visit their website.