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Facts at a Glance

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

Buddy Dyer/Mayor City of Orlando

Chief Executive Officer

Jim Harrison

Operating Budget

$148,911,424 (FY20)

Fleet Size

More than 310 air-conditioned coaches.

Daily Service

  • 74 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.

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).
  • 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 - 12 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.
  • Connections to major community events.

Ridership

  • More than 79,000 rides provided each weekday.
  • 25,157,382 passenger trips in FY19.

Miles Traveled

More than 29 million vehicle miles traveled system wide in FY18.

Alternative Fuels Used

LYNX uses nearly 2.7 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.

Notable

LYNX is planning the purchase of battery powered electric buses to support the vision of our community to deploy environmentally friendly vehicles. The first delivery is expected in Spring 2020.

LYNX Marketing won three first-place FPTA awards in 2019 along with the highest transit marketing award in the state by being named “Best of the Best” for its December 2018 holiday Gingerbread Hunt digital campaign. The team also won Judge’s Choice award and Member’s Choice by conference attendees. In 2016, LYNX Marketing won “Best of the Best” for its December 2015 holiday Fishing Frenzy digital campaign. The team also won awards 14 out of the last 15 years.

LYNX Marketing won APTA Awards in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015 and 2014.

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, 2019. This is the 26th consecutive year the agency has won this award.

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.

The LYNX Maintentance team was crowned the “Best of the Best” at the 2016 International Bus Roadeo Championship. The team also won in 2006 & 2010.

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.

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.

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