Lynx (stylized as LYNX) is a bus system run by the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, serving the greater Orlando, Florida area in Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties with limited service to Polk County. Bus routes are referred to as Links. The standard adult one-way fare is $2 with free single transfers valid for 90 minutes (not valid on the same Link or for round trips). LYNX runs the zero-fare Lymmo Bus in Downtown Orlando, connecting many downtown destinations to parking and the LYNX Central Station by controlling traffic signals on a three-mile route along a fully separate right-of-way or a combination of separate right-of-way and mixed traffic. All LYNX buses, except the Lymmo, have bike racks (2 - 3 bike capacity) for use at no extra charge.

LYNX
LYNX transportation logo.svg
Lynx 102 bus Orlando.jpg
LYNX bus on the Route 102 line in Orlando
ParentCentral Florida Regional Transportation Authority
FoundedMay 1972 (1972-05)
Headquarters455 N Garland Avenue, Orlando, FL
LocaleGreater Orlando, USA
Service areaOrange County, Seminole County, Osceola County, Lake County, Volusia County, Polk County
Service type
  • Local
  • Limited-stop
  • Express
Routes88[1]
Stops4,441 [2]
Fleet310[1]
Daily ridership83,000[1]
Annual ridership26 million (2017)[3][4]
Fuel typeDiesel, Biodiesel, CNG
OperatorCentral Florida Regional Transportation Authority[5]
Chief executiveEdward L. Johnson (2016)
Websitewww.golynx.com

Other LYNX services include a commuter assistance Vanpool program; Access LYNX paratransit service; NeighborLink (formerly PickUpLine) community circulators; KnightLynx, a transportation option on and near the UCF campus that operates on Friday and Saturday nights only; and the Road Rangers roadside assistance program on Interstate 4 between Kissimmee and Daytona Beach, sponsored by State Farm.

Bus stop signs were designed with a lynx paw in place of the traditional bus stop signs, which show a bus; although newer signs have been placed, adding the paw to the traditional sign. Also, the route numbers are usually attached to the bus stop signs.

The budget for fiscal year 2019, which runs from October 2018 through September 2019 is $142,371,000.

HistoryEdit

 
Bus stop on North Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando, Florida
 
Bus stop on South Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando, Florida

The Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority was formed in May 1972 under the name Orange-Seminole-Osceola Transportation Authority (OSOTA). The bus service was originally named Tri-County Transit, or TCT for short. The authority changed its name in 1994 via a public naming contest and started doing business as Lynx.

The agency opened Lynx Central Station (LCS) in November 2004 and a new operations center called Lynx Operations Center (LOC) in 2007.

LYNX also opened through a partnership with the city of Kissimmee the Osceola Satellite Facility (OSF) to operate their Kissimmee routes Link 10, 18, 26, 55, 56, 57, 108, 306, 416, 426 and 427. The only Kissimmee route that does not operate from OSF is FastLink 441 which is fully run out of LOC.

RoutesEdit

LYNX operates a total of 88 bus routes in the Orlando area, serving Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties with limited service to Polk County. Lynx routes include Link local bus routes, KnightLynx service to the University of Central Florida campus, Disney Direct commuter service to Walt Disney World Resort, FastLink limited stop bus routes, the Lymmo zero-fare service in Downtown Orlando, and NeighborLink community circulator buses providing curb-to-curb service through advance reservations.[6]

FaresEdit

The base fare for Lynx buses is $2 for a single ride, which must be paid in exact change. A single transfer to another route is available for free, but must be used within 90 minutes of paying cash fare. A rolling 24-Hour Pass costs $4.50 and must be purchased onboard the bus. Lynx offers a rolling 7-Day Pass for $16 and a rolling 30-Day pass for $50; these passes may be purchased at the Lynx Central Station, online, and at various retailers in the Orlando area.[6]

A Lynx Discount Fare ID allows for discounted fares for children ages 7 to 18, high school students, senior citizens over age 65, and persons with disabilities. The discount fare costs $1 for a single ride, $2.25 for a rolling 24-Hour Pass, $8 for a rolling 7-Day Pass, and $25 for a rolling 30-Day Pass.[6]

The fare for Links 416 and 427 in Polk County costs $1.50 for a single ride, $1.25 for students, and $0.75 for senior citizens and disabled persons.[6]

Under 7 can board for free with fare-paying rider; 3-kid-limit applies.

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c LYNX Fast Facts
  2. ^ "Bus Shelter Program - Public Transportation Services for Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties". Web.archive.org. 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2014-01-18.[dead link]
  3. ^ >2012 Annual report Lynx Archived 2013-08-16 at Archive.today
  4. ^ 2012 Annual report Lynx Archived 2013-08-16 at Archive.today
  5. ^ LYNX About Us
  6. ^ a b c d "Lynx Schedule Book" (PDF). Lynx. Retrieved July 25, 2018.

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