Source: Central Florida Future, KnightLYNX has new route to downtown Orlando, by Rebecca Males, contributing writer. Published: Sunday, February, 3 2013; Updated: Sunday, February 3, 2013 16:02
Image courtesy of UCF SGA’s Division of Communications.
The free safe-ride program KnightLYNX was serviced for a tune up on Thursday when Lynx and the Student Government Association announced a new route offered to late-night riders as of Friday.
The new KnightLYNX Red Line (route 212) will take students from UCF to downtown Orlando using Alafaya Trail and the 408 East/West Expressway. The bus will exit the 408 at South Crystal Lake Drive near the Orlando Executive Airport, LYNX spokesman Matt Friedman said.
Friedman said the bus will make stops along South Street on its way downtown at South Bumby Avenue, SouthSummerlin Drive and South Garland Avenue.
According to the schedule on www.goLynx.com, the Red Line will depart from the UCF Arena at the top of every hour from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Returning trips will depart from the corner of South Garland Avenue and South Street at the top of every hour from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.
SGA safety and transportation specialist
Morgan Snyder explained that KnightLYNX has been attempting to establish its presence in the UCF community since its launch in the spring 2011 semester.
“KnightLynx was brought to this community because SGA saw the need for students with or without cars,” Snyder said. “With the increased ridership of KnightLYNX, last year’s administration saw the potential for expansion.”
Friedman said the service is currently averaging 250 riders per weekend night.
Freshman Crystal McColister, who uses the KnightLYNX bus service about three times a month, was very happy when the announcement was made.
“Now I get to go downtown for free, for the most part,” she said.
Students need only show their UCF IDs to be able to use the service free of charge.
SGA’s public relations coordinator Oluwafunlola Falade explained that all three KnightLYNX routes are funded by the Activity and Service fee.
Friedman said the partnership between SGA and Lynx has been very successful.
“Here is a way that people can get downtown from the UCF campus and safely get home,” he said. “We like being able to safely move [students].”
McColister attested to the reliability of KnightLYNX, which makes her feel safer as a rider.
As she sat on KnightLYNX’s Blue Line on Saturday night, she said she already plans to be one of the students using the Red Line next weekend to go out with a group of friends.
For maps and schedules of all three KnightLYNX routes, students can visit www.ucfsga.com/knightlynx or www.golynx.com.