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JTA to operate the Skyway on March 18 for GastroFest

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – March 6, 2017 – The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is excited to provide complimentary transportation via the Skyway for GastroFest, Jacksonville’s food festival in Hemming Park. The Skyway will be operational from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 18.

“We are pleased to partner with GastroJax for this exciting festival,” said Lisa Darnall, Vice President of JTA Transit Operations. “With more than 30,000 people attending the event, we encourage you to “TryTransit” and use the Skyway or a JTA bus as part of your transportation plan.”

GastroFest 2017 is an all-day celebration of the culinary world of Northeast Florida. The event will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2015 in Hemming Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Organizers want to foster a thriving local food scene in Jacksonville and put the region on the map as a culinary destination. The event is a collaboration of restaurants, chef demos, educational workshops and food panels along with a kid’s zone and more.

“The Skyway is a fantastic way to show off Jacksonville, and it's a great and convenient way to get people Downtown, directly into Hemming Park,” said Erin Thursby, Executive Director of GastroJax, the organization behind GastroFest. “We're encouraging festivalgoers to take alternative forms of transportation to GastroFest this year with a social media campaign. Take a picture of your ride on the Skyway and post with the hashtag #greeninggastrofest for a chance to win prizes, including a $50 gift card from Restaurant Orsay and two tickets to Sun-Ray Cinema. The Organic Adventurer will be offering “green solutions” prizes such as reusable bags, stainless steel straws, and more!

The JTA provides complimentary access to the Skyway weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Skyway trains depart the stations approximately every three minutes during peak periods and about every six minutes all other times.

For a complete listing of Skyway station hours and information about bikes on the Skyway, please visit www.jtafla.com or call JTA customer service at (904) 630-3100; TDD 904.630.3191.