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Feds Award JTA $2.4M Grant

Transit agency also recognized for its handling of past grant money

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Jacksonville Transportation Authority has been awarded a $2.4 million grant from the U. S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA).  The grant is part of the Fiscal Year 2010 State of Good Repair program.

The money will be used to repair and refurbish Downtown bus hub structures, maintain existing drainage ponds and repair the roof at the Rosa Parks Transit Station. 

“We’re grateful for this award,” said Michael Blaylock, JTA Executive Director/CEO.  “It highlights the importance of public transportation in Jacksonville. The money will be very beneficial to our system and will improve the facilities for our riders who use our transit system.”

JTA will follow this award with a formal application to be approved by the Board of Directors in December.  Work on the improvements is scheduled to begin after the first of the year.

Meanwhile, JTA has been recognized for its excellent use of previous grant money. JTA has been notified that it successfully passed the FY2010 ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) review without any deficiencies.  The U. S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration completed the audit of JTA with regard to grant management practices and program implementation.

“A review with absolutely no deficiencies is extremely unique,” Blaylock said. “I am extremely proud of our teams working on these projects.”

The review examined eight areas: technical, reporting, financial and Electronic Clearing House Operation (ECHO) documentation, procurement, DBE program, Title VI program, EEO program, and drug and alcohol program as they related to the JTA’s 39 ARRA funded projects. Projects include maintenance and replacement of facilities and equipment, purchase of new equipment, development of new facilities, transit service, roadway projects, facility improvement and expansion, and security features.

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