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See how Lynx stepped up its game in Kissimmee

Starting Monday (1/28) public transit in Kissimmee will get a big boost.
That’s when Lynx’s Kissimmee Circulator -- also known as Link 709 -- begins service.
This mini-bus was launched to make it easier for people to get to popular destinations in Kissimmee’s downtown core. The Kissimmee Circulator begins its route at the Kissimmee Super Stop on Neptune Road.
The service, which will run from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, will link the intermodal transit station with the Osceola County Courthouse and administrative center with Kissimmee City Hall, Osceola Regional Medical Center, Florida Hospital Kissimmee.
Until now, it’s been a pretty good hike between the intermodal station – which serves passengers from SunRail, Lynx, Amtrak, and Greyhound -- and the county courthouse.
The Kissimmee Connector will travel on Dakin Street, Lakeview Drive, Emmett Street, Church Street, Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Oak Street, Central Avenue, and Main Street.
For the first 6 months of service, pe…

Our elected officials should be blamed for the Lynx deficit

No one should be surprised by the recent TV news story reporting that Lynx has a $21 million deficit.
That’s the inevitable outcome when you have a fast-growing 3-county metropolitan region served by an underfunded, poorly equipped public bus system.
Our elected officials – local, state and federal – have ignored Lynx for decades. They’ve never given Lynx the resources it needs and that riders deserve. Now the suits are acting surprised.
The best suggestion some people have come up with to address the problem is laying off drivers and cutting routes.
Anyone suggesting cutbacks is both an idiot, and an elitist!
Maybe those Lynx critics don’t ride the bus, but tens of thousands do every day.
For the record: Lynx provides 83,000 rides daily.
Lynx serves Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties with about 300 buses. By comparison, the Orange County school district has 900 buses to serve one county.
Lynx needs more drivers, more buses and more routes – not fewer.
The overw…

Want a fast ride to a Disney job on Lynx?

Our bad!
A few months ago, we suggested that SunRail’s Southern Extension into Osceola County would make it easy for people to reach Disney by taking the train to Kissimmee where riders could transfer to Lynx bus route 56.
Later we learned the bus ride from the Kissimmee Intermodal Station (used by SunRail and Lynx) to Disney could take an hour or more. In a car, that same ride would take 30 minutes give or take -- depending on the time of day and the traffic.
The Link 56 bus uses U.S. Highway 192 and makes stops so you can see why the trip takes so long.
It would be much quicker if Lynx ran an express bus straight from the Tupperware SunRail station down Osceola Parkway to Disney. That trip takes 20 minutes or less.
Lynx has said it has considered such a route, but that has not been included in the bus service changes that go into effect this month.
People need the bus service now, not some time in the future.
That’s why we’re asking people to CLICK HERE to sign a petition to launch a Lynx …