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Skyway available for GastroFest

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is excited to provide complimentary transportation via the Skyway for GastroFest, Jacksonville’s food festival in Hemming Park. The Skyway will be operational from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.

Complimentary parking will be available at JTA’s fenced lots on Houston Street and Stewart Street, north of the Convention Center Skyway Station. Paid parking is available at the Kings Avenue Garage (Credit Card Payment Only).

“We are pleased to partner with GastroJax for this year’s festival,” said Lisa Darnall, Vice President of JTA Transit Operations. “We invite you to make the Skyway part of your transportation plan for special events.”

GastroJax brings you GastroFest 2016, an all-day celebration of the culinary world of Northeast Florida. The event will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2015 in Hemming Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition, GastroFest After Dark will run from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Organizers want to foster a thriving local food scene in Jacksonville and put the region on the map as a culinary destination. The event is a collaboration of restaurants, chef demos, educational workshops and food panels along with a kid’s zone and more.

“The Skyway is a fantastic way to show off Jacksonville, and it's a great and convenient way to get people Downtown, directly into Hemming Park,” said Erin Thursby, Executive Director of GastroJax, the organization behind GastroFest. “We're encouraging fest-goers to take alternative forms of transportation to GastroFest this year with a hashtag campaign. Take a picture of your ride on the Skyway and post with the hashtag #GreeningGastroFest for a chance to win gift certificates to restaurants such as Moxie, Mojos, Culhanes, and Harmonious Monks.”

The JTA provides complimentary access to the Skyway weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Skyway trains depart the stations approximately every three minutes during peak periods and about every six minutes all other times.

For a complete listing of Skyway station hours and information about bikes on the Skyway, please contact JTA’s customer service line at (904) 630-3100