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JTA Gets $26.6M Grant for First Coast Flyer

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) was awarded a $26.6 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) North Corridor Project.

Adding to the customer experience, First Coast Flyer™ will feature green low-floor, branded buses with easy-to-understand routes, and real time bus arrival information. The premium service will take customers longer distances more quickly, make fewer stops and offer 10-minute peak and 15-minute off peak frequency.

"The signing of the Small Starts Grant Agreement (SSGA) is a significant step in the next phase of the First Coast Flyer™ program for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority," said JTA Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. "The First Coast Flyer™ will serve as the backbone to the regional transit system and provide higher frequency and faster bus service to attract new riders. First Coast Flyer™ will provide a needed transportation option in a heavily transit-dependent region."

The 9.4 mile North Corridor is the second segment of a five-phased First Coast Flyer™ system planned for the Jacksonville area. The scope includes 18 stations, transit signal priority at 22 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 eight energy efficient compressed natural gas buses. The $33.2 million project is funded by the FTA, Florida Department of Transportation and the JTA.

The Route Optimization Initiative laid the groundwork for the First Coast Flyer™. The first phase of the project, building the Downtown infrastructure, is under construction. The North Corridor is the second phase and construction will begin this spring. First Coast Flyer™ service is scheduled to start at the end of 2015. All corridors of the system should be in place by 2019. The system will provide connectivity to employment centers in Downtown and the Southside of Jacksonville, improving the quality of life for citizens of the Northeast Florida region.

For information about riding JTA, please contact the JTA’s customer service line at 904.630.3100; or TDD 904.630.3191.