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.
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.
Lee Constantine/Seminole County Commissioner
Chief Executive Officer
Edward L. Johnson
More than 300 air-conditioned coaches.
- 77 local routes called Links serve the tri-county area.
- Earliest service begins at 3:50 a.m.
- Last bus leaves downtown at 12:15 a.m. / Overall 3:05 a.m.
- Peak frequency is every 15 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.
- Fixed route - Bus service seven days a week and on holidays.
- LYMMO - Fare Free downtown circulator (a transportation partnership with the city of Orlando).
- Kissimmee Connector - Fare Free circulator in Downtown Kissimmee.
- Vanpool - Commuter services for which LYNX provides the vans.
- FastLink - Weekday commuter service designed to reduced 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 the Waterford Lakes area.
- Connections to major community events.
- More than 83,000 rides provided each weekday.
- 26,011,323 passenger trips in FY17.
More than 31 million vehicle miles traveled system wide in FY17.
Alternative Fuels Used
LYNX uses nearly 3 million gallons of Bio friendly fuel per year for our diesel buses. Our particle emissions are less than 15 ppi.
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is ued to fuel about 15% of its buses and has a private/public partnership with NoPetro to operate the largest CNG facility in the USa near its LYNX Operations Center facility.
LYNX is planning to use grant funding to purchase electric buses to operate on its LYMMO Orange and Lime lines in the near future.
CEO Edward Johnson was recently recognized as one of Orlando Business Journal's 2018 CEOs of the year.
In 2018, LYNX Maintenance team won its 5th consecutive State Bus Roadeo Championship.
In 2017, Operator Melinda Demers won the FPTA Operator of the Year Award.
LYNX Marketing won two first place FPTA awards in 2017 and one first place APTA Award.
LYNX Maintenance team was crowned the best of the best at the 2016 International Bus Roadeo Championship.
Operator Pablo Perez won the 2011 International Bus Roadeo Championship. Our Maintenance team won in 2006 & 2010 and was crowned the “Best of the Best” in 2016.
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 three first-place FPTA awards in 2016 along with the Member’s Choice by conference attendees. The team earned the highest transit marketing award in the state by being named “Best of the Best” for its December 2015 holiday fishing frenzy digital campaign..
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.
In May 2009, LYNX became the first transit agency in the nation to build, operate and blend its own Biodiesel fueling station.