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Founded in May 1972 as Orange Seminole Osceola Transportation Authority (OSOTA). Became Tri-County Transit in 1984. Began doing business as LYNX in 1992, and changed official name to Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority in March 1994.

Area Served

Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties; an area of approximately 2,500 square miles with a resident population of more than 1.8 million people. Small portions of Polk and Lake counties are served as well.

Chair

Teresa Jacobs/Orange County Mayor

Chief Executive Officer

Edward L. Johnson

Operating Budget

$129,700,062 (FY17)

Fleet Size

300 air-conditioned coaches.

Daily Service

  • 76 local routes called Links serve the tri-county area.
  • Earliest service begins at 4:00 a.m. / Overall 3:50 a.m.
  • Last bus leaves downtown at 12:45 a.m. / Overall 3:05 a.m.
  • Peak frequency is every 10 minutes on heavily used links.
  • Average frequency in urban areas is every 30 minutes.
  • Outlying areas receive hourly service.
  • Over 50% of our ridership occurs on routes serving major tourism destinations.

Services

  • Fixed route - Bus service seven days a week and on holidays.
  • LYMMO - Fare Free downtown circulator (a transportation partnership with the city of Orlando).
  • Xpress Bus - Limited stop bus service from Downtown Kissimmee to Sand Lake SunRail Station.
  • Vanpool - Commuter services for which LYNX provides the vans.
  • FastLink - Weekday morning and afternoon commuter service designed to reduce stops along specific corridors providing a quicker trip.
  • ACCESS LYNX - Door-to-door paratransit van service for qualified individuals who cannot access other modes of transportation.
  • Road Rangers presented by State Farm - Roadside assistance program for disabled vehicles on I-4.
  • NeighborLink - 13 flex-service routes designed to make it easier for residents in outlying service area to call ahead two-hours in advance for pickup and connection to stops within a designated area and LYNX fixed-route system.
  • KnightLYNX - partnership with UCF Student Government Association to provide safe Friday and Saturday evening service near the campus and to downtown Orlando.
  • Connections to major community events.

Ridership

  • More than 92,000 rides provided each weekday.
  • 29,377,735 million  passenger trips in FY15. 

Miles Traveled

Nearly 28 million vehicle miles traveled system wide in FY15.

Biodiesel Fuel Used

LYNX uses nearly 3.6 million gallons of Bio friendly fuel per year. Our particle emissions are less than 15 ppi.

Notable

LYNX Maintenance team was crowned the best of the best at the 2016 International Bus Roadeo Championship.

As part of a public-private partnership agreement between LYNX and Nopetro, the nation’s largest public-private compressed natural gas fueling facility opened in April 2016.

LYNX Marketing won a first place award in the 2015 APTA AdWheel Awards for social media. The team also won three first place Best in Class FPTA awards for our social media sites, special events and
Orlando City Soccer Club partnership.

The GFOA of the United States and Canada awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to LYNX for its comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2015. This is the 24th consecutive year the agency has won this award.

In February 2014, LYNX was awarded the FAPPO Excellence in Public Procurement Award.

LYNX Marketing won two first place awards in the 2014 APTA AdWheel Awards for a Social Media Twitter campaign and Shoestring campaign as well as two first place awards for the FPTA 2014 Best in Class Online Communications/Social Media Website and Best in Class Potpourri for the LYMMO Expansion Campaign.

In November 2014, Operator Alvin Randall won the Florida Public Transportation Association Operator of the Year Award.

Operator Pablo Perez won the 2011 International Bus Roadeo Championship. Our Maintenance team won in 2006 and 2010.

In May 2009, LYNX became the first transit agency in the nation to build, operate and blend its own Biodiesel fueling station.