LYNX CEO Jim Harrison has passed away

The Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) announced that James E. (Jim) Harrison, its CEO, died suddenly on the morning of August 12. LYNX Executive Director Tiffany Homler Hawkins will serve as the agency’s interim CEO.

“To say we are heartbroken over the loss of Jim would be an understatement. He cared deeply for everyone at LYNX and we felt the same for him,” Hawkins said.

Harrison, 63, took over as head of the agency in April 2019 amid a budget crisis and has worked to rebuild community trust. Harrison steadfastly led LYNX during the COVID-19 pandemic, oversaw the introduction of the first battery-electric buses on LYMMO, and was instrumental in modernizing transfer stations such as Rosemont, which serves approximately 1,000 passengers per day.

In September 2021 Public transportation cover story on LYNX, Harrison noted LYNX’s history of innovation and how the agency strives to improve its network and services to better serve Central Florida’s rapidly growing population.

“What sets us apart right now is that we are the only tri-county transit agency to experience unprecedented growth over the past decade and that this growth, coupled with our funding challenges in as a regional agency, has challenged us to be innovative in the way we deliver our services,” Harrison said in the interview.

Later in the interview, he added, “As we continue to be one of the fastest growing regions in the country, there is no doubt that public transit in all its forms will be a key to the region’s success; I think our future is very, very bright.

Harrison was a Florida native with a career spanning more than 30 years in Orange County, including serving as an assistant county administrator. He was responsible for the professional and technical staff of Public Works and the Office of Regional Mobility and as a senior policy advisor on regional transportation issues for the county.

Known as a straight shooter and outspoken advocate for public transportation, Harrison has been hailed as “one of the good guys” by Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, who serves as chairman of the LYNX Board of Directors. . “His personality was engaging, infectious and someone I’m proud to call a friend. Jim’s leadership, style and dependability will be missed by all who knew him. My deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and everyone at LYNX.”

This article will be updated if and when the commemorative information becomes public.

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