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JTA names director of strategic planning and research

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) today announced that it has hired Brad Thoburn as Director of Strategic Planning and Research.

Most recently, Thoburn served as State Transportation Development Administrator for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). In this role, he served as a member of the FDOT Secretary’s senior management team and developed policy positions and advocacy related to the reauthorization of the federal Surface Transportation Act. He also managed FDOT’s planning offices.

Previously, Thoburn, a Jacksonville native, spent 11 years working for the City of Jacksonville. He served in various capacities with the city over the years, including Director of the Planning and Development Department, Director of State and Federal Affairs for the Mayor’s Office, and Director of Intergovernmental Relations.

“Brad Thoburn brings a strong knowledge of planning and development in northeast Florida to this position and will be key in the strategic planning for JTA,” said Michael J. Blaylock, JTA Executive Director and CEO. “I am thrilled to have him as a part of our team.”

Thoburn’s first duty will be oversight of the Regional Transportation Commission. This commission, created by the Florida Legislature, is charged with reviewing ways in which a regional transportation authority might be organized and funded. The commission has been given two years to complete this task.
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority, an independent state agency serving Duval County, has multi-modal responsibilities. JTA designs and constructs bridges and highways and provides varied mass transit services. These include express and regular bus service, community shuttles for a neighborhood ride, a downtown Skyway monorail, the Trolley service, the Stadium Shuttle for various sporting events at Everbank Field, JTA Connexion for the disabled and elderly, and Ride Request on demand service.