Winter Park was a transit-oriented development long before it became trendy. The city was built with a train station at the center of its downtown more than 125 years ago. And while Amtrak still maintains a regular schedule bringing passengers from New England south to our warmer climate, a rail renaissance of sorts has come to Central Florida.
Earlier this spring SunRail, Central Florida’s first commuter rail system, began operations with Park Avenue as one of 12 stops along the 32-mile system. From the very beginning Winter Park has been a leading destination along the route and many local merchants have reported an increase in both foot traffic and sales along Park Avenue.
To keep the momentum going, more than 20 Park Avenue merchants have joined forces to offer special savings and incentives to SunRail riders. Dubbed “Free Ride Summer,” the promotion features a variety of discounts at participating merchants with the idea that each promotion would offset the cost of the average trip to Winter Park for SunRail commuters. Offers range from complimentary admission to The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art to discounts at local shops and savings at several restaurants and cafes.
Merchants will be adding and updating offers throughout the duration of the program, which runs through September 30, 2014. Full details at www.experienceparkavenue.com/sunrail.