Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will now have a new role as of Thursday – chair of the Central Florida Expressway Authority Board.
Dyer said he was honored to have been chosen and he didn’t see any major change of course from the CFX board’s priorities with him in charge.
He was also going forward with President-elect Donald Trump, there were many unknown factors right now.
“With Donald Trump’s administation coming in, they’ve said they’ll have a focus on infrastructure,” he said. “We don’t know what that means, and they are saying they want a $1 trillion package and that it will be in the private sector. We’ll see how it plays out. We are looking out for SunRail’s Phase 2 and Phase 3, and we’ll pursue funding for that.”
Osceola County Commissioner Fred Hawkins was selected as Vice Chair.
“I’ll continue to make sure the board is run with transparency,” Hawkins said. “We’ll stay on course.”
He said he would be headed up to Washington D.C. in March to meet with Trump and his team on infrastructure issues.
“I hope to bring things back regionally,” he said. “I’m sure Mayor Dyer will address SunRail.”
He also said he wants to get the best deals he can for Osceola County roads and transportation, however that may happen.