At Wednesday’s meeting of the elected officials who oversee SunRail it was announced they expect to find out whether FDOT will get the $35 million TIGER VII grant it’s seeking from the federal government to extend SunRail service to DeLand, the Volusia County seat.
Currently DeBary is the only Volusia County city with a SunRail station. Money for the DeLand extension was not included in the federal budget, which is why FDOT is seeking the TIGER VII discretionary grant. More than 1,200 people supported that grant application by adding their names to an online petition posted by www.SunRailRiders.com
Competition for a piece of the $500 million grant pot is stiff because hundreds of communities across the country made grant requests. Expanding SunRail service to DeLand would increase employment, economic and educational opportunities in the region.