LYNX Orlando

Role in This Project:

K & J has been supporting LYNX by providing safety and security certification support services as well as system safety, system security, safety engineering, safety and security training, safety auditing, rules/procedures development and emergency management consulting services.

2020 – 2021

1. Development of a new agency Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) 

2. Tabletop Exercise developed for agency based on final COOP

2018 – 2019

  • No new projects


1: Safety and Security Certification of the LYNX Parramore Bus Rapid Transit, Construction Phase.

Key certification tasks:

  • Conducted the Full-Scale Exercise (FSX) for the Parramore BRT on January 19, 2017


1:  Updated LYNX SSMP and SSCP for Parramore Bus Rapid Station (BRT).

2:  Currently performing Safety and Security Certification for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) extension project:

  • Parramore Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) extension project
    • Performed all certification related activities and closed out project
  • Conduct SSCRC meetings
  • Assisting with Readiness Review meetings and documentation
  • Participated in Safety Walks
  • Provided interim certificates for use of phase one of the BRT project 

3:  Presently working with LYNX to provide a Table Top Exercise for the Parramore BRT.

4:  Working with LYNX to provide Final Close out documents and Final Certification.


1:  Updated LYNX SSMP, SSCP and TVA for Parramore Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

2:  Currently performing Safety and Security Certification for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)  extension project:

  • Parramore Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) extension project
  • Conduct SSCRC meetings

2012 – 2014

1:  Conduct Effectively Managing Transit Emergency (EMTE) training for agency supervisors and management

2:  Conduct Responding to Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training for employees.

3:  Perform Safety, Security and Emergency Management On-Call Professional Services as requested 

4:  Update the agency Security Program Plan (SPP)

5:  Perform Safety and Security Certification for two Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) extension projects for the Central Florida Regional Transit System (LYNX) in Orlando Florida:

  • East/West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) extension project – Completed project
  • Parramore Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) extension project

6:  Updated the System Wide Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA)

7:  Completed a Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA) on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) extension projects:

  • East/West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) extension project
  • Parramore Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) extension project

8:  Parramore BRT Certification project start up


1:  LYNX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Projects:

  • Safety and Security Management Plan (SSMP)
  • Safety and Security Certification Plan (SSCP)

For the following Projects:

  • Project A, E2009-NWST-034/FL East/West Circulator System
  • Project B, FL-79-0001 Parramore Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

2:  Updated the continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs) for the:

  • Executive Department
  • Finance Department
  • Operations Department
  • External Affairs & Communications Department
  • Administration Department


1:  Conducted Information Technology (IT) emergency preparedness exercises

2:  Conducted Effectively Managing Transit Emergency (EMTE) training for agency supervisors and management

3:  Conducted Responding to Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training for employees 

4:  Performed Safety, Security and Emergency Management On-Call Professional Services as requested.


1:  Updated the agency Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA)

2:  Updated the agency 5-year Safety and Security Master Plan

3:  Updated the agency System Safety Program Plan (SSPP)

4:  Through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) trained 240 LYNX employees on each of the following topics:

  • Transit Oriented Screening Of Passengers by Observational Techniques (TO-SPOT)
  • Terrorist Activity Recognition and Reaction (TARR)


1:  Developed Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs) for the Finance and Information Technology (IT) Departments that interfaces with the agency-wide COOP.  The main objectives were to assure that capability exists at the agency to continue essential Finance and IT Department function across a wide range of potential emergencies

2:  Performed a System Safety Assessment for LYNX.  Key objectives:

  • To identify any previous unidentified or newly occurring events, conditions or hazards and to take proactive steps to immediately develop and implement corrective action
  • To allow management the ability to monitor safety department effectiveness and activities, as well as safety conditions at the transit agency, and to ensure compliance with all required programs
  • To review all previous assessments, audits and corrective plans
  • To utilize FDOT requirements, FTA recommendations and LYNX system safety and security documentation to establish system requirements for the assessment

3:  Updated the Security and Emergency Preparedness Plan (SEPP).  Key objectives:

  • Provide guidance in providing technologically current, accurate, understandable and useful recommendations for improvement of the SEPP
  • Hands-on methodology development in collaboration with LYNX staff
  • Ensure that all on-site support that was needed was provided as well as follow-up assistance to LYNX

4:  Developed and provided a training class for LYNX employees as well as external emergency responders and law enforcement personnel for Managing Transit Emergencies.  Key objectives:

  • Define the nature of emergencies and disasters and dissecting the differences between the two
  • “What if” scenarios to test key participant’s ability to properly respond to the incident as information is provided

5:  Developed and provided an agency specific training class on Threat Management and Emergency Response to Bus Hijackings


1:  Development of a Five-Year Safety and Security Business Plan

2:  Development of a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)

3:  Updated the LYNX Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)

4:  Development of a Security and Emergency Preparedness Program Plan (SEPP)

5:  Annual Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA) update to include the new LYNX Operations Center (LOC)


1:  Emergency incident drills and tabletop exercises in general accordance with the guidelines established by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA):

  • Developed, organized and moderated the exercises in conjunction with LYNX staff and local emergency response teams (Police and Fire departments)
  • Ensured compliance with all FRA, USDOT, FTA and other applicable Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), State and local ordinances and the transit agency’s policies and procedures
  • Ensured all hazards associated with the exercise were appropriately identified, addressed and mitigated or eliminated before any persons, agencies or employees of the transit agency participated in the exercises
  • Ensured all appropriate external agencies/parties were interviewed, received a written invitation, polled to ascertain participation or observation of the exercises and were provided appropriate documentation
  • Held debriefings with participants and stake holders to critique the exercises and identify findings and recommendations to meet all previous requirements
  • Generated an After-Action Report (AAR). The AAR was reviewed and approved by the consulting staff and designated LYNX personnel to document the briefing, and were distributed to all parties that LYNX designated for distribution of the report

2:  Original TVA of 3 major facilities and 8 Super-stops

3:  Formal presentations to LYNX Management Teams and Board of Directors on the results of the TVA