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Transportation Initiative

Mayor Demings' Seal


Each week, nearly 1,000 residents move to Central Florida – growing to Orange County’s 1.35 million population. This presents challenges in providing proper roads, infrastructure, mass transit, sidewalks, etc.

At the 2019 State of the County, Mayor Demings announced pursuing a transportation sales tax referendum in November 2020.

The Mayor’s Transportation Initiative has reached its first milestone! We have now concluded the initial community engagement phase of this effort. Mayor Demings asked for input by holding community meetings and listening, learning and gathering feedback from residents through both meetings and the County’s transportation survey. Mayor Demings and staff have participated in more than 200 community engagement opportunities, including town halls, stakeholder group discussions, neighborhood meetings, media interviews and community events. In addition, more than 10,000 residents participated in the transportation survey.

Following the community engagement phase, Orange County will be providing the public and the Board of County Commissioners updates on the transportation initiative, which will highlight the feedback received. Based on the feedback, the County will formulate a transportation plan for the Board’s review. See the timeline below for a general overview of the next steps.

Transportation Timeline


May 16, 2019

At the 2019 State of the County Address, Mayor Demings announced pursuing a transportation sales tax referendum on the November 2020 ballot in order to provide a dedicated funding source for long term transportation solutions for Orange County.

Community Engagement

August 2019 - February 2020

To begin this Transportation Initiative, Mayor Demings asked for your input by participating in Town Hall Meetings, community meetings, and stakeholder discussions, and completing Transportation surveys in order to share your ideas and transportation priorities.

Board Update

February 2020

On February 25, 2020, the Orange Board of County Commissioners received an update from County staff on the status of the Transportation Initiative. This was an informational update only and no decisions were made by the Board of County Commissioners at this meeting.

Board Work Session

April 7, 2020

On April 7, 2020, a Work Session will be held with the Board of County Commissioners to discuss the proposed Transportation Plan that is being developed based upon input received during the Community Engagement phase.

Board Decision

April 21, 2020

On April 21, the Board of County Commissioners will make a decision regarding placing the Transportation Initiative's proposed referendum on the November 2020 ballot.

Election Day

November 3, 2020

If the Board of County Commissioners decides to place the referendum on the ballot, then Orange County residents will have the opportunity to vote for or against the Transportation Initiative during the general election on November 3, 2020.