Central Florida Commuter Rail

What's There Now - A Look At Planned Station Locations

The Project

As is so often the case, this project got  its start as a class project.  I enrolled in an independent study photography class at Crealde School of Art in Winter Park.  I needed a subject, Commuter Rail was in the news, I have a keen interest in transportation issues, and I also intend to pursue documentary photography.  These currents came together and suggested the topic.  The scope of the project took it well beyond the class timeframe.  The pictures were taken primarily during 2008.  In the spring of 2008, Commuter Rail was debated in Tallahassee during the Florida Legislative session.  The schedule received a set back when the Florida Senate failed to approve enabling legislation.  At this writing Commuter Rail supporters are hopeful for a positive outcome in the 2009 legislative session.

Central Florida Commuter Rail, now called Sun Rail, has the potential to have a dramatic impact on the Greater Orlando area.  Central Florida grew up depending on the automobile and has suffered all the classical ills of auto dependence - urban sprawl, congestion, degraded air quality, long commute times and poorer quality of life in general.  Commuter Rail will be the impetus for development of a world-class mass transit system that people will use, resulting in fewer automobiles on the road and focused development and growth that preserve the environment and lifestyle we have all grown to cherish.

The objective of this project is not just so we can reflect on the past, but also so that we can make intelligent choices for the future.

About The Photographer

William Carpenter lives in Winter Springs, Florida.  He has been involved in photography since he got his first camera at age 8.  In the last several years he has been able to spend the time and effort necessary to improve his skills and apply them in a meaningful way.

You can see more of his work at the following web sites:


Mac Photo Gallery