Orange County mayor rides Sunrail to work, pushes to expand public transportation

He took the train from the Sand Lake Road Station to Church Street

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Mayor Jerry Demings took the SunRail on Thursday morning as part of "Mobility Week" in Orange County. 

He took the train from the Sand Lake Road Station to Church Street in Downtown Orlando. 

During the trip, he chatted with commuters and got feedback from them about  public transportation.

I was just trying to understand from them what they see as the positives and the negatives of the current system," Demings said.

Demings said the county is facing new growth, with hundreds moving into the area, which is why he's encouraging people to use SunRail and Lynx buses in order to save time, gas and money.

"The vision that I have for our county is to try and deal with some of the traffic congestion issues that we have now but also look to build a system that is robust enough that it would take care of the needs of our community maybe four or five decades from now," Demings said.

The mayor is pushing for a one-cent sales tax referendum to fully fund a transportation system, and he's hoping voters will help during elections in 2020.

"We are talking about a 1% or one penny tax. So for every dollar that you would purchase items, with some exceptions, you’d pay an additional penny," Demings said.

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Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!