JTA Holds Autonomous Vehicle Demonstration
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – March 9, 2017 – The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) hosted a demonstration of the Easy Mile EZ10 autonomous vehicle yesterday afternoon. More than a hundred people attended the event to learn more about the future of the Skyway and take a ride in a vehicle that utilizes next generation autonomous vehicle technology.
On February 23, the JTA Board of Directors approved the recommendations of the Skyway Modernization Program report and authorized staff to begin work on the Development of the Ultimate Urban Circulator Program or U²C.
“The U²C program will help drive economic growth through enhanced mobility, connectivity, sustained economic growth and vibrancy for Jacksonville,” said JTA Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “This is a defining project for the City of Jacksonville and Northeast Florida and we are excited to be a leader in the effort to harness this new technology.”
The U²C plan includes using existing investments in the Skyway and harnessing the potential of emerging technology to better connect people and places in and around Downtown. Implementing this bold, but necessary vision to enhance the transportation system of tomorrow will take innovation and successful partnerships, community buy-in and essential financial resources.
JTA CEO Nat Ford asked the audience to envision a future in which they can park their car in a Downtown lot, visit a local restaurant and then ride the JTA along Bay Street to a concert at Daily’s Place. His visualization also includes a future 10K run across the new pedestrian bridge.
About the Skyway: Jacksonville’s Skyway continues to serve as an integral part of the mobility and revitalization of downtown. Today, the Skyway supports approximately 4,500 trips per day and reached 1.18 million trips in 2016. The Skyway operates on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and special events.
For a complete listing of Skyway station hours and information about bikes on the Skyway, please call JTA customer service at (904) 630-3100; TDD 904.630.3191.