CLERMONT, Fla. - Lake County will offer Lynx a deal to keep its buses that make the run from Clermont to Orlando on the road.
Lake County residents who take the Lynx bus from Clermont to Orlando know the route's days are numbered. But the county commission will now make a pitch to save it.
Commissioner Sean Parks rode the bus Monday, and found out from riders why it's so important: Most either work or go to college in Orlando.
"I think this route works," Parks said.
A few months back the county cut its $168,000 annual subsidy of the service, Lynx then announced it was
"You're going to encourage people to move to Orange County, because Clermont -- everybody works in Orange County. There are no jobs in Clermont," Parks said.
After complaints from dozens of riders, the commission has agreed to offer Lynx a deal: $50,000, cut the number of runs the buses make each work day and raise the monthly $70 fare riders currently pay.
It's still a tough sell for some members of the commission who
"But for that kind of money, if six people shared a car, we could lease them a car," said Welton Cadwell on the Lake County commission.
Lynx is hosting a public meeting with riders in Clermont on Sept. 24.
The county will try to cut a new deal with the bus company before the route is to be