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FTA Awards $1 Million Low-No Emission Grant to the JTA

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – September 18, 2017 – The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The grant is part of the FTA’s Low or No (Low-No) Emission Bus Discretionary Grant for the implementation of electric bus and solar powered charging stations in Northeast Florida.

“JTA is committed to capturing the promise of new and emerging technology that enhances the performance and sustainability of our fleet,” said JTA Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “We are grateful for the partnership of the Federal Transit Administration, and the support of Congressman Rutherford, Congressman Lawson and Senator Nelson indicated to this application.”

The JTA has been steadily moving forward with diversifying its fleet, incorporating Hybrid and Compressed Natural Gas buses. This grant will support these efforts by initiating an electric bus program including associated infrastructure. The initial service will support shuttle service to the new Amazon Fulfillment Center Warehouse on Pecan Park Road.

“I welcome the news of JTA’s federal grant award and the investment in new efficient buses to enhance accessibility for Northeast Floridians,” said Congressman John Rutherford. “This federal investment will not only strengthen our world-class transit system but also improve air quality and lower fuel costs. I commend JTA for its commitment to serving the citizens of Northeast Florida and look forward to seeing their new battery electric buses on the road.”

As part of the program, charging stations will be installed at the new Armsdale Park-n-Ride lot and at the Myrtle Avenue Campus for vehicle maintenance and service. The charging stations will utilize a Solar Smart Power program, thus allowing the buses to have true zero emissions.

“This is great news for the City of Jacksonville,” said Congressman Al Lawson. “I commend JTA for their commitment to providing the residents of Jacksonville with alternative-fueled vehicles. This will help increase fuel standards for the City of Jacksonville and also improve the air quality for our city’s residents.” I am proud to have supported this funding and look forward to working with JTA on ways to further expand Jacksonville’s clean energy initiative.”