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Skyway Advisory Group Created; Will Decide Train's Future

JTA Board of Directors Announces Skyway Advisory Group

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – September 22, 2015 – The Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s (JTA) Scott L. McCaleb, Chairman of Board of Directors has formed a subcommittee of the Board to review options for the Skyway and to engage the community in a conversation about its future.

“After JTA staff shared the options for the Skyway at the August Board Retreat, I felt it was important to get input from the community stakeholders.” said McCaleb. “I appointed Board Vice Chairman Isaiah Rumlin to lead the Skyway Subcommittee comprised of Directors Kevin Holzendorf and Ari Jolly.

Rumlin, Holzendorf and Jolly will be joined by 15 community stakeholders who will form the Skyway Advisory Group (SAG). The SAG will meet with the subcommittee about five times in the next three months to provide guidance and a recommendation on the proposed options related to the future of the Skyway.

The Members of the SAG are made up of customers, downtown residents, business owners, educators, civic leaders, government officials, and sports and entertainment professionals. The Skyway Advisory Group members are: Paul Astelford (Visit Jacksonville), Michelle Barth (Feeding Northeast Florida), Debbie Buckland (BB&T and Downtown Vision), Rick Catlett (Jacksonville Sports Council), Alex Coley (Hallmark Partners), Steve Crosby (CSX Real Property), Husein Cumber, Esq.(Florida East Coast Industries), Dr. Marie Foster Gnage (FSCJ Downtown Campus), Dane Grey (Parking Services of America), The Honorable Tommy Hazouri (Council Member At-Large, Group 3), Janice Lowe (Jacksonville Landing), Jeanne Miller (Jacksonville Civic Council), Alan Mosley (JAX Chamber), Kerri Stewart (Office of the Mayor) and Aundra Wallace (Downtown Investment Authority).

“I look forward to working with the downtown stakeholders and the community on this very important issue,” said Vice Chairman Isaiah Rumlin. “The advisory group is an integral part of any discussion related to the future of the Skyway and how it affects downtown Jacksonville.”

The Skyway Subcommittee plans to have at least one open house and one public forum beyond the regular public comment period that will be held at each meeting. The JTA Board of Directors Subcommittee will submit their recommendations to the full JTA Board of Directors at its December 10, 2015 meeting.

“This isn’t the JTA’s Skyway,” said JTA CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “It belongs to the people. Having a community-wide discussion about the future is the right thing to do.”

The first meeting of the Skyway Subcommittee and Skyway Advisory Group will be held on Monday, September 28, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Skyway Operations & Maintenance Building.

 

Leigh Ann Rassler | Public Relations Manager | 904.630.3153 | lrassler@jtafla.com