Transportation is still a challenge in Orange County. A sales tax would fund specific Orange County transit and transportation infrastructure needs to increase safety, mobility and connectivity. This includes:

  • Improving county roadways and intersections
  • Improving traffic signal technology
  • Expanding LYNX bus service and SunRail commuter rail service
  • Improving pedestrian safety
  • Adding more bike lanes and bike safety improvements
  • Adding street lighting and sidewalks
  • Providing transportation funding to municipal governments in Orange County

On Tuesday, February 5, 2024, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) voted to seek the community's input to assess their interest in pursuing a sales tax increase.

Throughout March and April, several community meetings will be held across the County, and the BCC will conduct work sessions during a regular meeting. On April 23, the board will conduct a public hearing to decide whether to place a referendum on this year's ballot.

Residents are encouraged to participate and engage with County staff. The meetings will provide the County with first-hand insights and perspectives from residents about multimodal transportation needs and how they have changed throughout the years.

An equitable community offers access to affordable housing, pedestrian-friendly streets, public spaces, employment centers, essential services, and amenities – all connected by accessible infrastructure and reliable multimodal transportation options.

A survey conducted by the County in 2022 revealed that residents feel traffic congestion is the number one transportation challenge they face today, and they believe building a multimodal transit system is a top priority for this initiative. Improving infrastructure for pedestrian and bicycle safety also were top concerns.

Learn more about our previous findings.