MetroPlan Orlando Board Approves Bus Rapid Transit on U.S. 192
Posted on: October 11, 2013 in MetroPlan Orlando Board, Transportation News
After more than a year of study, LYNX has recommended an alternative for relieving congestion and improving transit along U.S. 192 between downtown Kissimmee and U.S. 27. The MetroPlan Orlando Board approved the alternative at its October 9 board meeting.
The alternative includes dedicated lanes for fast bus service along the corridor, which is currently overloaded with traffic and has a lot of bus riders. This type of service, known as Bus Rapid Transit, is similar to the Downtown Orlando circulator service, LYMMO.
The proposed project carries an estimated construction cost of $120 million and would require widening U.S. 192 to eight lanes. Before recommending an alternative, LYNX conducted an extensive public involvement effort in Osceola County and tested reactions to various transit solutions for the corridor.
The locally preferred alternative was previously recommended for approval by the MetroPlan Orlando Citizens Advisory Committee, the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Transportation Technical Committee.