Winter 2019 Service Changes

It’s that time again…

It’s that time again, time to roll out the next batch of transit system service changes. Effective dates and scope of changes will vary greatly by transit agency. For this post, I’m going to divide each of the changes by transit agency and arrange by effective date.


Agencies included in this post

Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX), Volusia County Transit (Votran).


Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX)

Orlando Metro Region (Osceola, Orange, & Seminole Counties), FL

What’s changing?

Several routes will be undergoing scheduling and/or routing changes to reflect ridership patterns & funding levels. There will also be a new route introduced in Kissimmee.

When are the changes effective?

Changes will take effect on Sunday, January 27, 2019.

Where can I get more information?

On the LYNX website, or by calling (407)-841-5969.

There are two sections pertaining to the service changes, listed below…


Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)

Pinellas County, FL

What’s changing?

Several routes will undergo minor routing and/or scheduling changes to improve efficiency.

  • Route 19: Southbound trips entering Clearwater Mall will traverse eastbound on Drew St to McMullen Booth Rd, then proceed southbound to Gulf to Bay Blvd, then westbound to the Clearwater Mall entrance. The current southbound routing along Hampton Rd will no longer be served. However, northbound buses will continue to serve Hampton Rd & will experience no changes.
    • Personal Opinion: I’m wondering what the intention of this specific change is. Is this change being made to provide an alternate avenue for those wanting to connect to McMullen Booth Rd between Drew St & Gulf to Bay Blvd, as well as Gulf to Bay Blvd between McMullen Booth & Clearwater Mall? Or is PSTA intending to eventually phase out the limited Route 60 trips east of Clearwater Mall? Something tells me the latter will occur at some point.
  • Route 52LX: The 5:22am northbound & 5:28am southbound trips currently operate as “hybrid” trips – meaning that they begin as a Limited Express (LX) trip, making limited stops. At the PSTA 34th St N Transfer Center, buses switch to a local operation, making all stops. This practice has been inefficient & thus will come to an end. The two aforementioned trips will therefore become entirely LX.
  • Suncoast Beach Trolley (Route 777): Scheduling changes will be enacted to improve overall efficiency.

When are the changes effective?

Changes will take effect on Sunday, February 3, 2019.

Where can I get more information?

On the PSTA website, or by calling 727-540-1900.
The link above will go straight to the dedicated service changes page.


Volusia County Transit (Votran)

Volusia County, FL

What’s changing?

Several routes will undergo minor routing and/or scheduling changes to improve efficiency. There will also be a new route introduced in Deltona.

When are the changes effective?

While Votran announced the changes on their website back in November of 2018, an effective date has not yet been announced.

Where can I get more information?

On the Votran website, or by calling…

  • (386) 761-7700 (Daytona Beach)
  • (386) 424-6800 (Southeast Volusia)
  • (386) 943-7033 (West Volusia)

Disclaimer

While I strive to maintain the highest level of accuracy, the information put together in this post originated from the transit agencies themselves. If you spot something that isn’t quite right, please let me AND the respective transit agency know so that we can convey the correct information. Thank you.


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