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Skyway Remains FREE

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors today approved a staff recommendation to continue the Skyway as a fare-free mode of transportation. The Skyway has been fare-free since January 30, 3012, and will remain so for at least the next fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, 2013.

JTA’s latest report on the progress of the Skyway details the positive impact that the fare elimination has had on ridership. In the six-month period analyzed (February-July 2012), Skyway ridership grew by 62.7% or 480,956 boardings, compared to 295,602 boardings for the same period in 2011.

The report also found that the fare-free Skyway has supported JTA’s transit redesign efforts, including the elimination of the Beaver and Bay Street Trolleys, the truncation of bus routes into Skyway stations and the linking of additional bus routes to Skyway stations. The transfer of thousands of passengers to the Skyway to continue travel results in frequency improvements without added cost. 

The Board’s decision to continue the Skyway as a fare-free transportation method was based partially on the report’s findings.

“This is a huge success for JTA and its riders,” said Michael J. Blaylock, Chief Executive Officer of the JTA. “The Skyway serves as a critical link in our transportation system and connects many modes of public transit. Keeping the Skyway fare-free will improve efficiency within the transit system, saving our customers time and money.”