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Friday, August 8, 2014
SunRailRiders - Kissimmee SunRail passengers have a sweet deal
Kissimmee SunRail riders have a
really sweet deal.
Even though SunRail doesn’t run
to Kissimee yet, Kissimmee residents are already taking advantage of SunRail.
They’re riding an express bus from downtown Kissimmee to the Sand Lake Road
SunRail station in south Orange County.
Actually, it’s a little more
than your average express bus, Lynx 208 is a luxury motor coach and we checked
it out recently.
We picked it up at the
Kissimmee Intermodal Station – that’s just fancy talk for a mini terminal where
most of the buses serving Osceola County come together. And man, is it busy in
the morning. This intermodal station is adjacent to the Kissimmee Amtrak station where SunRail is scheduled to begin service in 2016.
Lynx 208 is actually a big
orange Mears motor coach – you know the type with the high-back reclining
chairs. It even has free Wi-Fi, a feature they need on regular Lynx buses.
The ride on Lynx 208 costs $3.50 -- a little
more than the regular Lynx bus, but you also get a free transfer to SunRail.
Though the motor coach we rode
only had a handful of riders, everybody enjoyed it. We chatted with a couple of
ladies who said this new Lynx service and SunRail has really changed their
lives by relieving them of the stress of driving to Orlando every morning. And
they’re saving a fortune. They explained that their employer is paying their
SunRail fare (employers get a tax incentive for this) and all they have to pay
for is the express bus service.
One woman said she used to
spend $75 per week for gasoline. But now it’s only costing her $40 per month
for the express bus. Cha-ching!
After leaving the intermodal
station the express bus makes one more stop at a park and ride lot on Shady lane in Kissimmee before hopping on
Florida’s Turnpike and zipping over to Sand Lake Road.
The ride took about 30 minutes
and there was a SunRail train waiting in the station.
The coordination and
cooperation between Lynx and SunRail is great to see. Here’s hoping that more
people will get onboard so we can keep it running.