Welcome to the theme park capital of the world! You are attending college in the middle of central Florida, just steps away from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, countless malls and outlet centers, and the International Drive tourist trap.
One problem: most of you don’t have a car.
Some of you will be lucky; you will quickly make friends with upperclassmen with vehicles or you will end up being roommates with one of the magical freshmen that fit one of the multitude of exceptions that allow them to bring a car to campus. For those of you that are not so lucky, you are either looking at piles of expensive cab receipts or sticking around Winter Park during your first (and possibly subsequent) years.
How do you solve this problem? I present to you the joys of public transportation: the LYNX bus system.
I will warn you up front: it is not always convenient. It is time consuming. Unfortunately, you can’t use the buses to get to the beach.
However, if you can deal with spending some time staring out a bus window (or completing readings for your classes), you have landed on a gold mine. Forget gas, insurance, and mechanic’s bills and welcome to getting where you need to go for $2 one direction, $5 a day maximum.
If you do get stuck downtown, it is only a $15 cab ride back to Rollins, and any cab company you call will know the Lynx Central Station. When waiting for a cab at night, stay alert and stay on the opposite side of the station from where the buses drop off.
Make sure you keep aware of your surroundings at all times, particularly at the Lynx Central Station. The first time you ride any route, ride during the daytime with a buddy.
Know your route ahead of time. Bus drivers and people riding are not always helpful. Know what stops are a few before the one you want to get off at and a few after. Know the streets leading up to your stop, as the buses do not always announce each stop before arrival. Check out
Google Maps; it shows all of the bus routes, making it easy to know exactly where your bus is going at all times.
I have used the Lynx Bus System for the last three years, and I have never had a problem. They are cheap, easy to use, and give me extra time to do my homework before arriving wherever I want to go.
Make sure to check out www.golynx.com for more information!