- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Central Florida’s new commuter rail has exceeded passenger estimates, forcing officials to run an extra train mid-day and add shuttle service to train stations.

SunRail officials say passenger estimates for the first two days of operation late last week were more than 10,000 boardings each day - about twice the number predicted.

Officials expect ridership to return to around the estimate of less than 5,000 riders daily once passengers have to start paying in the middle of the month.

Passengers are getting a free ride until mid-May as part of the rail line’s debut.

To deal with the crowds, SunRail is adding an extra mid-day train, and Volusia County officials are adding weekday shuttle service to the DeBary station from two parking areas.

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