Orange County officials share results of transportation survey ahead of key commission vote
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Orange County Board of Commissioners will vote Tuesday on whether to include a proposed penny sales tax increase on the November ballot. 🚶🚲🚗🚌🚆 Since beginning the Orange County Transportation Initiative in 2019, more than 19,000 individuals have completed... Posted by Orange County, Florida Government on Monday, April 25, 2022Orange County residents and travelers who frequent the area were invited to participate in the 2022 version of the survey, which got nearly another 8,500 total replies. 79 percent of the participants said congestion was the biggest transportation issue in Orange County. At least four commissioners have to vote “yes” Tuesday for the Transportation Sales Tax Referendum to be included on the November ballot. READ: ‘Political retribution’: Demings denounces decision to strip Disney’s self-governing powerTo view the full results of the 2022 transportation survey, click here.wftv.com
‘Gas prices are ridiculous’: High gas prices drive more people to public transportation
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — High gas prices are driving more people to ride public transportation. SunRail and Lynx are seeing an increase in passengers. Clock ticking to collect $1.5B in unclaimed 2018 refundsHopping on the bus is something more commuters are doing. “I ride the bus to and from work, so it’s pretty much every day. Gas prices are ridiculous.”Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Orange County mayor to provide update on plan for one-cent sales tax hike
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings will present his plan for a one-cent hike to the sales tax on Monday. Demings said raising the county’s sales tax could bring in almost $18 billion over 30 years. READ: SunRail extends train schedule for spring breakDemings will provide more details about the plan in a meeting with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Orlando City Council at 10 a.m. Monday. If voters approve the increase in November, the county would begin tax collections at the start of next year. READ: County leaders look to the future of Sunrail fundingThe tax does not apply to essential groceries, prescription drugs, medical supplies or utilities.wftv.com
Traffic alert: Crash involving Lynx bus shuts down stretch of Orange Blossom Trail
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A crash involving a Lynx bus is under investigation. Orange Blossom Trail is shut down in both directions at the railroad crossing near Industrial Way, just south of Princeton Street. READ: Two killed in ‘multi-vehicle’ crash on SR 408 in OrlandoCrash involving Lynx busDrone video shows a car smashed. BUS CRASH: OBT near Industrial Way- OBT shutdown both directions- South of Princeton St@OrlandoFireDept on scene. Crash involving Lynx busClick here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Lawmakers say they are ready to fight to improve local infrastructure
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — It could still be more than a month before Central Florida finds out how much money it gets as part of the Biden administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill. With $39 billion of the $1.3 trillion set for public transit nationally, the hope is the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act can create more blue-collar jobs in Central Florida. “When we invest in the people, our community does better, our state does better and America does better,” Demings said. Read: Action 9 exposes the high risk for consumers hiring movers onlineApopka mayor Bryan Nelson hopes Congress can help the city with much needed infrastructure. Apopka’s got a lot of opportunities for road infrastructure, water infrastructure and waste water infrastructure,” he said.wftv.com
Orlando celebrates its one-year anniversary of rolling out electric buses
ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s been one year since Orlando’s first electric bus rolled into The City Beautiful.
As we kick off Mobility Week, which runs through Nov. 5, LYNX, OUC and the City of Orlando are celebrating reaching this milestone.
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Osceola County schools seeking solutions to bus driver shortage
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — Osceola County School district leaders are talking about ways to make sure students are getting to class safely. The district is considering retention bonuses for some employees and a partnership with LYNX, as the county remains about three dozen bus drivers short. One solution could be a partnership with LYNX for public transportation drivers, then students would receive a pass to ride for free. READ: 9 safety tips for National School Bus Safety WeekThe district needs to figure out the feasibility and whether the LYNX times work with student needs. READ: ‘I don’t see an end to it’: Years of low pay leading to shortage of school bus drivers in FloridaSuperintendent Debra Pace said it could help put a band-aid on the problem until they find people for permanent positions.wftv.com
WNBA playoff seeds up for grabs as teams enter home stretch
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy)NEW YORK — (AP) — The WNBA playoff chase may come down to the final day of the regular season on Sept. 19. Six teams have already clinched postseason spots, although where they will finish in the standings is still up for grabs. Connecticut (21-6): The Sun have four of their five remaining games against teams that are under .500 in the standings. Brittney Griner sprained her ankle in one of the victories over New York in the game's final 70 seconds. This game could go a long way to determine the playoff fate for one of these two teams.wftv.com
WNBA teams jockey for position before Olympic break
Las Vegas, Seattle and Connecticut have already created a little separation from the pack as the top three teams in the league. Las Vegas (14-4): The Aces keep rolling, setting a franchise-record for points in a game when they beat Atlanta 118-95 on Sunday. Things don't get any easier for Phoenix with games against Las Vegas and two against Seattle before the break. Other players receiving votes included Tina Charles of Washington, A'ja Wilson of Las Vegas and Brionna Jones of Connecticut. McBride makes her first return to Las Vegas where she starred for the franchise before signing with the Lynx in the offseason.wftv.com
Taurasi will stand alone in 9,000-point club for some time
(Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP) (Chase Stevens)NEW YORK — (AP) — It may be a long time before anyone joins Diana Taurasi in the 9,000-point club. The next closest active player is former teammate Candice Dupree, who is more than 2,000 points behind Taurasi. Las Vegas (11-4): A huge overtime win over Seattle kept the Aces in the hunt to be the West representative in the Commissioner's Cup championship. PLAYER OF THE WEEK:Sylvia Fowles of Minnesota dominated play las week, averaging 28 points, 16.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks to help Lynx win both their games. Chelsea Gray returns to Los Angeles for the first time after leaving the Sparks in the offseason as a free agent for Las Vegas.wftv.com
Lynx offering free rides for seniors to FEMA vaccination site in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – People 65 and older who cannot drive themselves to the FEMA vaccine site at Valencia College’s West Campus can now hitch a free ride through Lynx. The transportation service will have a driver pick up a patient at their residence, drive them to the FEMA site, wait with them through the vaccination process and then take them back home again. Lynx said it needs at least a two-day prior notice for a ride to the FEMA or OCCC sites. AdNo appointments are needed to receive a vaccine at the FEMA site, but people eligible for a vaccine can pre-register by clicking or tapping here. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6′s coronavirus newsletter and go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
New partnership to help schedule, transport seniors in west Orlando to vaccine appointments
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill and Commissioner Robert Stuart announced a new partnership Friday to provide more resources for seniors when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine. AdEqual Ground Education Fund will be reaching out to seniors living in the underserved areas of west Orlando including Parramore, Pine Hills and Rosemont through robocalls and text messages to provide information and resources to help register for the vaccine. Pegasus Transportation and LYNX will be offering free transportation for seniors who need it to get to and from their vaccination sites. Hill said seniors who need help in west Orlando registering for the vaccine can call her office at 407-246-3033. AdTo get a free ride to vaccination sites, LYNX requires proof of a vaccine appointment.
Lynx offers rides to Osceola vaccination site for seniors with appointments
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Lynx will offer free transportation to the Osceola County vaccine site at Centro Cristiano Dios De Pactos Church for seniors and those who qualify for the COVID-19 shots. Residents can call 407-742-0000 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to coordinated a ride to the vaccine site. The transportation service will need 48 hours notice. Rides for Saturday or Monday appointments must be made by Thursday at the latest, according to county officials. “Leveraging LYNX’s expertise and resources to fill this gap was a really practical answer to a troubling issue,” Osceola County Commissioner Viviana Janer said.
Lynx offers seniors with appointments a ride to Orange County Convention Center vaccine site
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Seniors needing a ride to their vaccine appointment at the Orange County Convention Center can ride for free with Lynx. Anyone in Orange, Osceola or Seminole with a vaccine appointment can call 311 to schedule a pickup, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said Thursday during a coronavirus update. Deming said 311 will coordinated with the Office of Emergency Management to arrange the ride. “When a ride is scheduled you’ll get a ride from home to the Convention Center,” Demings said where a “Lynx driver will wait with the senior for entire process then take them home.”Masks must be worn the entire time. The program is for the Convention Center vaccine site only.
LYNX adjusts hours for Thanksgiving holiday
ORLANDO, Fla. – LYNX announced its buses will be operating on a holiday schedule Thanksgiving Day. On Nov. 26, riders could expect reduced service. If a bus or NeighborLink service runs on a Sunday, it will offer the same schedule, LYNX said. However, ACCESS LYNX will be available to transport all customers with an advance reservation on Nov. 26. Administrative offices will also be closed throughout the holiday from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27 with plans to reopen Nov. 30.
First fully electric Lynx bus comes to downtown Orlando
click to enlarge Photo courtesy LYNXclick to enlarge Photo courtesy LYNXOrlando bus service Lynx is set to deploy the first zero-emission electric bus to the streets of downtown, part of a long-term project that will eventually see 14 electric buses added to Lynx's fleet to lower emissions and (hopefully) slow the ever-accelerating climate crisis.A partnership between Orlando city government, the Orlando Utilities Commission and Lynx, these battery-fueled electric buses will be partially funded by a “Low or No Emission Grant” grant of $1.9 million from the Federal Transit Administration.Lynx was awarded the grant back in July , and these 14 buses will augment the 16 energy-conserving hybrid Lymmo buses Lynx already has in use.You'll be seeing these buses gradually appear on the Lymmo Grapefruit, Lime and North Quarter lines.While this doesn't fully address the crisis in public transit that has long plagued Central Florida, we'll take the little wins where we can these days.In related news, watch to see if anything comes of the recent "Bold" public transportation overhaul plan drafted by the Orlando Economic Partnership and its Alliance for Regional Transportation in September.orlandoweekly.com
LYNX bus system to receive $2.8 million in upgrades, purchase electric buses
ORLANDO, Fla. Central Floridas bus system, LYNX, will receive $2.8 million in federal funding to replace buses and update the public transportation system that services three counties. LYNX will use the funding to modernize its fleet including purchasing electric buses for the bus lines that circulate in downtown Orlando. According to a news release, electric buses are less costly to operate and create less noise. The LYNX system provides public transport to Orange, Seminole and Oseola counties, about 2,500 miles of territory. The tax would have helped fund improvements to Central Floridas public transportation, according to the mayor.
6 injured in crash involving Lynx bus, stolen car
ORLANDO – Six people were taken to hospitals for minor injuries following a three-vehicle crash that involved a car, a truck and a Lynx bus in Orange County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash was reported Sunday near the intersection of Texas Avenue and Honour Road. Troopers said the car was supposed to yield from Honour Road and Texas Avenue, but the driver pulled out and hit the truck. The FHP said the truck went into another lane of traffic and struck the Lynx bus. The truck was stolen and the driver ran away, troopers said.
1 arrested, 2 more sought after burglary at UCF
One person has been arrested and two more are being sought after a burglary at the University of Central Florida on Sunday, according to UCF police. The burglary happened in the area of a hotel construction yard and Lynx transit station, police said. Authorities said they are looking for two male suspects for their alleged roles. Check back with ClickOrlando.com for updates to this story. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
How to share the road safely with Lynx buses
No matter where you walk, bike or drive on Central Florida roads, it's highly likely youll spot a Lynx bus. Here's what you should know when sharing the road with commuter buses:First, if you can't see the driver's mirrors, they pretty much cant see you. Yes, most buses have backup cameras, sensors and all the bells and whistles, but we all know those only help so much. Which brings me to my third point: Florida Statute 316.0815 requires drivers to allow buses back into traffic. I know youve seen it, drivers darting around a bus, traffic tailgating just so they can go first.
How to share the road safely with Lynx buses
No matter where you walk, bike or drive on Central Florida roads, it's highly likely you'll spot a Lynx bus. Here's what you should know when sharing the road with commuter buses:First, if you can't see the driver's mirrors, they pretty much can't see you. Yes, most buses have backup cameras, sensors and all the bells and whistles, but we all know those only help so much. Which brings me to my third point: Florida Statute 316.0815 requires drivers to allow buses back into traffic. I know you've seen it, drivers darting around a bus, traffic tailgating just so they can go first.
Deputies search for man accused of hitting bus driver in face in Kissimmee
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - The Osceola County Sheriff's Office said deputies are looking for the man accused of hitting a Lynx bus driver in the face in Kissimmee back in September. The Sheriff's Office said around 9:30 p.m. Sept. 22, a man exited a bus at Pleasant Hill Road and Pineridge Circle. Investigators said as the man exited the bus, he shook the driver's hand and proceeded to hit the driver in the face. The Sheriff's Office shared photos of the man. Anyone with information about the man or the incident is asked to call the Osceola County Sheriff's Office at 407-348-2222.
Lynx bus overturns on I-4 near OBT, 9 injured
ORLANDO, Fla. - A Lynx commuter bus overturned Tuesday on Interstate 4 at Orange Blossom Trail, injuring the passengers on board, officials said. "As a result, he lost control of the vehicle and performed several hard turns to regain control of the vehicle. The impact from the crash caused the bus to flip on its side and skid on the concrete. Sky 6 aerial video showed people sitting and standing on the side of I-4 near the crash site. The Lynx bus was towed away by 1:40 p.m.
WATCH LIVE: Lynx bus overturns on I-4 near OBT, 8 injured
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A Lynx commuter bus overturned Monday on I-4 at Orange Blossom Trail with passengers on board, according to Department of Transportation highway cameras. The bus overturned around 11 a.m. in the westbound lanes. All westbound lanes are blocked. According to Sky 6 aerial video, people could be seen sitting and standing on the side of I-4 near the crash around noon. The Orange County Sheriff's Office deputy she was interviewing was the first to respond to the overturned bus.
Lynx is bringing fully electric Lymmo buses to downtown Orlando thanks to $1.9 million federal grant
click to enlarge Photo via LYNXLynx is receiving nearly $2 million from federal authorities for more sustainable equipment funds that will go toward zero-emission Lymmo buses.The central Florida bus operator is receiving $1.961 million, to be exact,according to U.S. Representative Stephanie Murphy, D-Winter Park, who announced the news on Twitter Tuesday. the congresswoman tweeted.Lynx spokeswoman Tiffany Homler Hawkins confirmed that the agency will be formally notified that they won the grant on Thursday. There are currently 310 buses in the Lynx fleet, 16 of which are Lymmos. While the Lymmo buses are already electric hybrids, the grant will allow officials to purchase fully electric zero-emission buses.Lynx placed an order for a fully-electric Lymmo before receiving the grant, Homler said. Now, they'll be able to order more, but it's not clear how many.orlandoweekly.com