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State Legislators Pass Regional Transportation Bill

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority and members of the Northeast Florida Regional Transportation Study Commission today applauded the unanimous passage of legislation creating a Regional Transportation Commission in Northeast Florida.

“This is welcome news and passage reflects the strong leadership of our legislative delegation” said JTA Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel Ford.  “JTA is especially grateful for the leadership of Senator Audrey Gibson and Representative Travis Cummings who sponsored the legislation.  The support and leadership of House Transportation Chairman Daniel Davis and Senate Rules Chairman John Thrasher were also key to the successful passage of this bill and we appreciate their leadership.”

“This commission will ensure we address transportation regionally and look at all the modes, roads, transit, marine and aviation, collectively,” Ford added. “It will help us avoid fragmentation seen in other areas.”

The Northeast Florida Regional Transportation Commission was recommended by a regional study and will include six counties – Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns.  The commission will develop a regional transportation plan and strategy to fund the plan.  It will also coordinate the regional transit options and advance strategic regional transportation projects.  The commission is funded through local contributions by each county and it will be governed by a 9-member board with representatives from each county.  Last year each of the six counties passed resolutions indicating their support for and commitment to fund the Regional Transportation Commission.

“I applaud the legislature for approving a visionary document that was forged through regional cooperation,” said Doug Conkey, Clay County Commissioner and president of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce. “This legislation was designed to develop and enhance multiple modes of transportation which will improve our business climate and quality of life for our citizens.”

If the legislation still must be signed by Governor Scott the Regional Transportation Commission will begin work in July.