Now that plan A for the SunRail DeLand expansion is derailed, leaders are turning to plan B.
That plan may include a SunRail station in Orange City.
County Council Chairman Jason Davis and Congressman John Mica, R-Winter Park, met with Department of Transportation officials, with the outcome being plan B.
“Plan B is to possibly getting it to go to Orange City right now, and build a station there,” said Davis.
Plan B comes after Plan A came to a screeching halt. The federal government did not give the county the needed funds, called a Tiger Grant.
Those funds were needed to extend SunRail from DeBary into DeLand as part of Phase two of the SunRail project.
The business community is on board with the idea of having an Orange City SunRail station. They say it could give the area the economic boost that it needs.
“I definitely think it would increase business,” said Vasha Vanhorn, manager at the local Stavros Pizza restaurant on the corner of French avenue and US 17/92.
"There’s going be more business, more that are coming,” said Ricky Sol, manager at the Fancy Fruit and Produce in Orange City.
But funds for the construction of an Orange City SunRail station are as much an issue in Orange City as building one in DeLand.
Chairman Davis explains cost is not a factor, accessibility is.
Orange City is more accessible to homeowners in Deltona, Orange City and Deland than the Deland site, which is located in a remote area of the county.