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Sustainability Program at JTA

JTA Committed to Improving the Community of Northeast Florida;
Announces Sustainability Program

 JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – April 22, 2014 – The steps you take today, impact your tomorrow. The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) announced today a new sustainability program that will make necessary changes to build a greener tomorrow. 

“The JTA is committed to improving the community of Northeast Florida’s economy, environment and overall quality of life, by providing safe, reliable and efficient multi-modal transportation solutions,” said JTA CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “In 2013, I pledged to enthusiastically support the sustainability principles set forth by the American Public Transportation Association.”

"As the JTA progresses forward with researching and implementing green initiatives, I have assigned a sustainability committee to ensure our sustainability goals are being met and to build awareness throughout our community,” Ford added.

The JTA introduced hybrid electric buses into the fleet in 2013.  In addition, as a part of its Blueprint for Transportation Excellence strategic plan, the JTA recently distributed a Request for Proposals with an aggressive timeline for the planning and installation of a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station. 100 buses are slated to be converted to CNG within the next five years.

Other initiatives include recycling programs, bike-sharing programs, LED and solar lighting, solar compact trash receptacles, Transit Signal Priority, promoting Transit Oriented Development and other internal campaigns.   

“Our first initiative will kick-off with an internal recycling program, where we will ask our co-workers to commit to making small decisions today that will add up to significant milestones for a more sustainable tomorrow,” stated Mike Sloan, JTA Vice President of Risk Management and Compliance. 

The committee is also planning clean-up projects with local organizations that will help build healthier and cleaner communities.