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Lynx routes through downtown Kissimmee changed again

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 2:53 pm

LynxStation01_011414By Ken Jackson

Staff Writer

In response to changes made last week when the downtown Kissimmee Intermodal Station opened for bus traffic, the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (Lynx) has made adjustments to five of the Osceola County routes its buses serve.

When the local transfer hub moved downtown, customers contacted the agency with recommendations for more effective service, mostly to note that many of their destinations were near Osceola Square Mall, the former transfer hub. Some riders noted their trips took upwards of an hour more or required one or two more transfers having to go through the downtown intermodal station.

This week, transportation officials added stops to four routes — Links 10, 26, 55 and 108 — that take it closer to the mall. A route to Disney (Link 56) added extra service to and from the theme park at the end of the day.

Lynx spokesperson Matt Friedman said riders’ concerns were able to be addressed quickly, hence the routes changes after just one week of the Intermodal Station’s opening.

“What may look good on paper may not be the best option once it’s put into plan. We’re constantly getting feedback, and if we can quickly make something work, we will, and that’s what we were able to do.

“It was new for our customers, and it was new for our operators, too, and we recognized that three or four miles in each direction can make a big difference.”

Links 10 (St. Cloud, with a link to NeighborLink 631 at Valencia College serving Buenaventura Lakes), 26 (Pleasant Hill Road), 55 (Lake County/U.S. 192) and 108 (Florida Mall/Orange Blossom Trail; former Link 4) will all have a time point added at the City of Kissimmee Central Services Complex at 100 N. Alaska Ave. Early morning trips on these routes will make courtesy stops between the complex and the Kissimmee Intermodal Station via Osceola Square Mall. The routes will travel along Mabbette Street, Thacker Avenue, Columbia Street and Armstrong Avenue to the mall and then follow the existing Link 55 route into the downtown station. Destination signs for all four routes will show “Kissimmee via Osceola Square Mall”.

Link 108 will also extend at 10:50 p.m. to Osceola Square Mall making all stops along the exiting Link 55 route. Its destination sign will read “Osceola Square Mall.”

The FastLink 441 will remain unchanged, going from the Intermodal Center to the Lynx Central Station in downtown Orlando form 5-7 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. via Orange Blossom Trail and Interstate 4, with stops along O.B.T.

With the changes, route maps are still being finalized, and will be available online at www.golynx.com.

Friedman also said that riders had addressed the lack of restroom facilities at the Intermodal Center.

“It’s something we’re currently addressing, and we hope to have something to announce soon,” he said.

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