TAVARES —The Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) will be ending its service for Links 55 and 204 over the next two months.
Effective Sept. 15, Link 55, which travels from Lake County to Osceola County primarily along U.S. Highway 192, with stops on U.S. Highway 27 near Cagan Crossings in the four corners area of the county, will end.
LYNX is advising that current users of Link 55 to consider using Link 427, which travels between Polk and Osceola counties, and will pick up the stops along U.S. Highway 192 being eliminated with the discontinuation of Link 55. Riders are advised that Link 427 will not make stops along U.S. Highway 27 however.
For passengers of Link 204, which is an Xpress Park N Ride service operated by LYNX and travels from Clermont to the LYNX Central Station in downtown Orlando, the service will end on Oct. 18.
LYNX has scheduled a public hearing to discuss the route’s termination, which will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Clermont Community Center, Room B, 620 W. Montrose St., Clermont.
The public comment period will be Sept. 1 through Oct. 15, and can be made at the public hearing, online at www.golynx.com, by calling 407-254-6150 or by U.S. Mail or hand-delivered to LYNX Central Station, 455 N. Garland Ave., Orlando, FL 32801.
“Lake County has been subsidizing both LYNX routes with local tax dollars for some time, but the county has substantially reduced its operating budget over the past several years as revenues continue to decline in a down economy,” said Dottie Keedy, director of the Lake County Community Services Department, which oversees the county’s public transit. “The County has now reached a point where they can no longer afford to continue subsidizing the routes.”
Lake County is currently working on a plan to provide fixed-route bus service in South Lake County, which will eventually connect to LYNX routes along State Route 50.
In the interim, riders can consider utilizing a van pool service through the Florida Department of Transportation’s reThink program. The program offers free ride-matching services to help users find carpool, vanpool or partners. The program also provides a free emergency ride home service for participants. For more information about the program, call 866-610-RIDE (7433) or visit www.reThinkYourCommute.com.
For information about LYNX, contact Matt Friedman at 407-254-6206 or visit www.golynx.com.