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JTA Receives $19.1 million grant for First Coast Flyer™ Southeast Corridor

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) was awarded a $19.1 million Small Start Grant Agreement (SSGA) from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA).  The grant funds will be used for the First Coast Flyer™ (Bus Rapid Transit) Southeast Corridor Project.

“The signing of this Small Starts Grant Agreement (SSGA) is another significant step in the First Coast Flyer™ program for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority,” said JTA Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr.  “The First Coast Flyer™ initiative will transform travel in the Northeast Florida region.  It lays the foundation for a regional transportation network that will boost our economy and enhance the quality of life for our citizens.  The Flyer connects customers to jobs, education, shopping and healthcare in a heavily transit-dependent region.”

 The 11.1 mile Southeast Corridor is the third segment of a five-phased First Coast Flyer™ system planned for the Jacksonville area.  The scope includes seven stations,transit signal priority at 18 intersections (holds green lights, allowing buses to move through intersections without stopping) and off-board fare collection.  It also will include the construction of a park-and-ride lot and the procurement of ten energy efficient compressed natural gas buses.  The $23.8 million project is funded by the FTA, Florida Department of Transportation and the JTA. 

The First Coast Flyer is planned in five-phases and serves as the backbone to the regional transit system. When completed in 2019, the Flyer system will cover 57 miles of destination travel, and will be the largest bus rapid transit system of its kind in the Southeast.  The branded Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses serving this corridor have a sleek, aerodynamic design that incorporates a raised, raked-back front cap blended into a full length, contoured roofline. Its modern profile makes a distinguished statement. 

The First Coast Flyer™ “Green Line” launched this morning on the North Corridor.  It operates between Rosa Parks Transit Station and Interstate 295 along Lem Turner with stops at major destinations to include FSCJ, VA Clinic, UF Health and Gateway Town Center. 

For information about the First Coast Flyer™, please contact the JTA’s customer service line at 904.630.3100; TDD 904.630.3191 or visit www.fcf.jtafla.com.