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Service Changes Finalized

With input from local residents and business owners, as well as evaluation of existing routes and future transit plans, JTA is expanding the service area and frequency of the Beaches and Riverside trolleys, as well as modifying 17 service routes and adding four community shuttles, effective September 6, 2010.

The most noticeable change to the Beaches Trolley is that it will operate year-round. Since its inception in 2008, the trolley has been a seasonal service, running from the first week in May through Labor Day. The trolley will now operate 365 days a year with service from 5 a.m.–7 p.m., Monday through Friday, with 30-minute frequency, and 60-minute frequency from 7 p.m. until 12:43 a.m. On weekends, the trolley will operate between 6 a.m. on Saturday and 12:43 a.m. on Sunday with 30-minute frequency and between 6 a.m. on Sunday and 12:43 a.m. on Monday with 60-minute frequency. As part of the changes to the Beaches Trolley, the BH1 bus route, which serves Regency, Atlantic Beach and South Jacksonville Beach, will be merged with the M4—Moncrief route, offering Northside residents a one-seat ride to the Beaches. The new combined route M4 and BH1 will become the CT4.

A merger with the WS1—Ortega-NAS bus route will also mean expanded hours and a larger service area for the Riverside Trolley. Previously a midday service, the Riverside Trolley will now run from 5 a.m.–7:30 p.m. weekdays with 35-minute frequency and 12-minute frequency between peak hours of 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Additionally, the route has been extended approximately three miles to Florida State College’s Kent Campus with new stops at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and the Shoppes of Avondale. These changes will result in a fare increase from 50 cents to $1 for the trolley. A new community shuttle will serve Ortega and NAS Jacksonville from Kent Campus. The new trolley service and NAS-Ortega community shuttle will be available on Saturday with 70-minute frequency.

Other service changes include:
• Relocation of the L8—Ramona-Lem Turner route from Interstate 95 to Boulevard Street between Golfair Boulevard and Eighth Street • Extension of the Edgewood Community Shuttle to serve the route segment between Amtrak and Lewis Industrial Park • Merger of the NS16—Dinsmore-FSCJ-Imeson and N17—Dinsmore-Gateway routes and the Broward Community Shuttle to create the Lewis Industrial-Dinsmore Community Shuttle, which would provide new all-day service to Dinsmore • Redesign of the Q3—Mayport Village-Mayo Clinic route to operate as the new Beaches Community Shuttle • Extension of the Golfbrook Community Shuttle north to Smyrna Street and Edgewood Avenue and relocation of the Brentwood service to the Northside Community Shuttle • Relocation of the Northside Community Shuttle from Pearl Street to Brentwood • Modification of the WS6—Stockton-Wilson route to include the Rosa Parks Transit Station on weekends only • Modification of the U2—University Boulevard Connector route to serve Baptist Towers in San Marco • Modification of the NS19 Avenue B-River City Marketplace to provide fixed route service to Rosalind Villas on Edgewood Avenue

JTA held a series of public workshops at FSCJ’s Downtown Campus, Gateway Town Center and Jacksonville Beach City Hall in June and two public hearings in July to solicit feedback. Comments and suggestions from the public were considered in the decision to modify routes.

Follow-up meetings to update the public on the final changes will be held at FSCJ Downtown Campus, 101 W. State St., August 19, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 4–6 p.m.; Gateway Town Center, 5000 Norwood Ave., August 25, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 4–6 p.m.; and Jacksonville Beach City Hall, 11 N. Third St., Jacksonville Beach, August 26, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 5–7 p.m.

For more information, call (904) 630-3100.