Regional Transportation System

Leadership Orlando Explores Future Plans and Innovation

Regional Transportation was the focus as Leadership Orlando Class 92 gathered at the Central Florida Expressway Authority offices on Thursday.  The program included an insider’s look at the comprehensive transportation options that are, or soon will be, available in Central Florida.

At the invitation of Class Chair Waymon Armstrong, CEO of Engineering & Computer Simulations, Inc., U.S. Congressman John Mica stopped by to address Class 92 on transportation from the national perspective.

With Harold W. Barley, Executive Director of MetroPlan Orlando, serving as moderator of the morning session, class members received first-hand accounts from a variety of perspectives, not only on state and regional policies and projects, but also on innovative transportation alternatives now available or under development.  Mr. Barley ‘set the stage’ for our conversations, encouraging questions from the audience along the way.  Additionally, he facilitated a discussion with the class about how we will pay for an expanded regional transportation system.

(L-R) Harold W. Barley, MetroPlan Orlando; Stephen Alianiello, reThink Your Commute; Franklin W. Martz, II, City of Altamonte Springs; Corey Quinn, P.E., CFXWay; Eric T. Hill, MetroPlanOrlando; Dist. 5 Secretary Noranne Downs, Florida DOT; Leila Jammal-Nodarse, P.E., Terracon Consultants, Inc.

District 5 Secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation Noranne Downs shared updates from the state and regional perspectives, including the I-4 Ultimate Project, Wekiva Parkway, also touching on how SunRail is impacting our region – all part of a larger regional transportation strategy being advanced by the Central Florida Partnership that also includes our seaport, space port and airports across Central Florida.

Leila Jammal-Nodarse, P.E., Terracon Consultants, Inc., a member of the Central Florida Transportation Task Force, reported on a meeting of task force earlier this year with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony R. Foxx, during the Central Florida Partnership’s Trip to our nation’s capital, referencing the department’s Ladders of Opportunity—Connect – Work – Revitalize Agenda.  She also reported on the work of the Task Force giving our participants a new appreciation for what it takes to move goods and people in the long term, while keeping them safe in the process.

Innovative Transportation Alternatives were the next topic for discussion giving the class the opportunity to hear how in many instances technology is outpacing public policy.  Franklin W. Martz, II, City of Altamonte Springs, shared leading efforts by his city with Uber, subsidizing fares for city residents and users of SunRail; how technology is changing the transportation industry with Corey Quinn, P.E., Central Florida Expressway Authority; how autonomous vehicles will impact transportation policy and liability with Eric T. Hill, MetroPlan Orlando; and the advent of the sharing economy including bike share, care share, and commuter rail changing the way people think of their commutes with Stephen Alianiello, reThink Your Commute.  

A behind-the-scenes tour of the Road Ranger Program, Toll Enforcement and Traffic Operations gave class members an inside look at the Central Florida Expressway Authority, followed by an update from CFXWay Executive Director Laura L. Kelley, our host for the day.

The aviation security perspective was provided by Ariel Suarez, Assistant Federal Security Director, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Orlando, who highlighted the layers of security program, TSA Pre check, and more; members of his team were on hand from the bomb detection unit sharing insights and vivid examples of what TSA deals with each and every day to protect the traveling public. 

Phillip N. Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA), provided a brief history of the 4th largest airport in the world, Orlando International Airport – its concept and design – along with its Capital Expansion Plans which include the Intermodal Terminal Facility and the South Terminal now under construction. 

Russell Roberts, Vice President, Corporate Development, All Aboard Florida, provided an update on Brightline, a higher-speed rail system under construction in Florida. It is being developed by All Aboard Florida, a wholly owned subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries.  Brightline will use the existing Florida East Coast Railway corridor between Miami and Cocoa, and is building new track along State Road 528 between Cocoa and Orlando to connect with the inter-modal terminal now under construction at Orlando International Airport. Brightline will launch service between Miami and West Palm Beach in 2017, with service from Miami to Orlando following.

It is with much appreciation that we thank our presenters and partners for making our visit possible. 

If you’ve been looking for the ‘right’ time to participate in Leadership Orlando, or if know someone who should be in the room for these discussions, now is indeed the perfect time to be a part of America’s largest Community Leadership program, Leadership Orlando. Preparing for the future of our region is up to each of us.  Take time to learn about the issues and participate in the community conversations that are helping to guide our future.

Class 93 begins in March 2017, with Yolanda Londoño, Vice President, Global Social Responsibility for Tupperware Brands Corporation, serving as Class Chair. The online enrollment form and full schedule is available at  Should you have questions, contact Danielle Permenter at 407.835.2444, or via email at


About Leadership Orlando
Developing regional leaders is important to the future success of the Central Florida Region. That is why Regional Leadership is a primary line of business for the Central Florida Partnership. With more than forty years of proven success, Leadership Orlando, America’s largest community leadership program, continues to recruit, cultivate and encourage emerging leaders to better serve the Central Florida Region. 

Working together with Orlando, Inc., (Regional Entrepreneurship), BusinessForce (Public Policy Advocacy), and (Regional Research & Resolves), the Central Florida Partnership is moving “Ideas to Results.”

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