Lynx (transportation)

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Parent Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority
Founded May 1972 (1972-05)
Headquarters 455 N Garland Avenue, Orlando, FL
Locale Greater Orlando, USA
Service area Orange County, Seminole County, Osceola County, Lake County, Volusia County, Polk County
Service type
  • Local
  • Limited-stop
  • Express
Routes 66[1]
Stops 4,441 [2]
Fleet 270[1]
Daily ridership 84,061[1]
Annual ridership 29.2 million (2012)[3][4]
Fuel type Diesel, Biodiesel
Operator Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority[5]
Chief executive John M. Lewis, Jr.

LYNX is a bus system run by the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, serving the greater Orlando, Florida area, Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties with limited service to Lake, Volusia, and Polk counties. 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 (Link 31) 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. All LYNX buses (Links), except the LYMMO, have bike racks (2 - 3 bike capacity) for use at no extra charge.

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

The budget for fiscal year 2013 that began on October 1, 2012 and ended September 30, 2013 was $115,518,832.

The FY2014 budget that began October 1, 2013 is $127,867,296.


Bus stop on North 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 in November 2004 and a new operations center called LYNX Operations Center or LOC in 2007.

LYNX also opened through a partnership with the city of Kissimmee the Osceola Satellite Facility or OSF to operate their Kissimmee routes Link 4, 10, 18, 26, 55, 56, 57, 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.

LYNX changed, added, and eliminated routes and schedules several times throughout its history.

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