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.
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.