Showing posts from March, 2020

Worried about catching coronavirus on Lynx?

A confined space like a bus can be a great breeding ground for the coronavirus, so we reached out to Lynx to see what steps they are taking to protect the public and employees.
Here’s how they responded to us today (March 3): “We are in the process of finalizing our official plan. Rest assured we are monitoring the potential impacts and will respond accordingly. As of today, we have done: 1.Creating preliminary agency plan for the coronavirus. In process. 2.Developing plan on increasing the cleaning of its buses. No issues. 3.Increased the cleaning of our facilities. 4.Educated staff on the coronavirus. 5.Participating in the Orange County Emergency Management daily conference call.”
By comparison, the NY Daily News reported the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York City was disinfecting its 6,400 buses every three days.

Please don't leave Lynx out in the cold

Dang. It’s a shame more Lynx bus riders didn’t participate in a recently completed survey of Orange County transportation needs.
Survey participants were asked to select their top 5 transportation priorities. The survey was conducted by Orange County to see where the public wants to spend money if voters in November approve a proposal to add 1-cent to the sales tax to pay for transportation improvements.

The good news is that “building a mass transit system (to include buses trains and other modes of transportation)” was ranked as the No. 1 priority.
That same priority list ranked improving Lynx service as No. 8.
Improving SunRail service ranked No. 4.
Priorities 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 focused on improving streets for vehicles.
County staff circulated the survey forms at a variety of meetings for months. The survey was widely publicized and could have been completed online.
Nearly 11,000 people completed the survey forms. Only 4 percent (about 440) of the survey participants ride Lynx daily. More…