transportation

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The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization and the state Department of Transportation want to know what roads people are taking and why. 

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A big change is coming for I-95 southbound motorists coming from the Northside near downtown.

John Burr / WJCT News contributor

Getting between downtown and the Beaches will be faster for mass transit commuters in about a year with work getting underway on the First Coast Flyer East Corridor/Red Line.


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Some Jacksonville Transportation Authority bus riders are in for changes as the transit agency looks at modifying three routes, adding two and eliminating two. 


Tuesday on First Coast Connect, heard about the upcoming Safer Streets Summit with North Florida Transportation Planning Organization CEO Jeff Sheffield (01:07).     

The latest segment of “Moveable Feast” featured St. Augustine’s Smokin D’s BBQ (27:45).   

Jen DeVore Richter, the author and co-founder of Rock My Image talked about the three major mistakes to avoid if you decide to start your own business (35:19).

ElderSource Executive Director Linda Levin told us about what the organization is doing to help seniors affected by Hurricane Irma and the rescheduled Grandparent’s’ Day in Jacksonville (44:00). 


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Florida Governor Rick Scott said in Middleburg Wednesday that there is a chance Interstate-75 could be shut down in Alachua County if the Santa Fe River keeps rapidly rising. 

  Wednesday on “First Coast Connect,” we heard about transportation issues facing people with disabilities with Tyler Morris from the Independent Living Resource Center, board member Sharon Hoffmeyer and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:13). We heard about ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ from Hipcamp CEO Alyssa Ravasio (32:00), and we spoke with actress Morgan Fairchild, who’s currently appearing at the Alhambra Theatre (39:35). 


       

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Daylina Miller

Imagine being stranded without a ride to the doctor or arriving hours late to medical appointments that your life literally depends on. Those are Florida patients’ most common grievances with a company the state pays to arrange medical transportation for people with disabilities.  


  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed a study looking into ways to make roads in Jacksonville safer with Pond Director of Development Allan Iosue (01:15). Our “Movable Feast” segment featured Nicole Franques (35:04) of Claude’s Chocolate, and we spoke with Katherine Ludwig (45:10), co-author of the book “Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age.”  


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Not all Jacksonville bus stops are created equal, says one Jacksonville councilman.

Some have shelters with benches to keep riders shielded from rain or sun. Others are simple signs staked into the grass. Now Westside Jacksonville City Councilman Reggie Brown is questioning how the Jacksonville Transportation Authority prioritizes which stops get shelters, as his constituents complain their neighborhoods seem to be getting left out.


Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

The First Coast has a growing economy and needs to expand its transportation infrastructure to keep up. That’s one of the issues to be discussed Sept. 13 during a panel discussion at the River Club sponsored by CREW Jacksonville and WTS of northeast Florida.

On First Coast Connect Wednesday, JaxAlliance Executive Director Alan Mosley said transportation is the platform for good economic activity.

Detours and traffic cones sprout every year but what is the economic impact of all that highway construction? Wednesday on First Coast Connect, Melissa Ross spoke with Jeff Sheffield, executive director of the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization; Alan Mosley from Jax Chamber; and Lisa Robert, executive vice president at transportation architectural firm RS&H. As part of our ongoing Community Thread program we heard from Dr. Marcus De Carvalho from Beaches Recovery about the opioid epidemic and the treatments being used for recovering addicts. Comedian and actor Tom Arnold spoke about his upcoming concerts in Jacksonville and we heard about next week’s ‘Girls Days Out’ conference promoting a healthy lifestyle for women. We heard from event chair Dr. Patricia McFall Calhoun from Baptist Health and local dermatologist Kristen Stewart. WJCT is co-sponsor of the event. 


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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has reached a deal to design a transportation hub to integrate key local, regional and intracity services downtown.

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Florida Department of Transportation

A week after Florida transportation officials convened in Jacksonville to show off some of the newest in driverless technology, transportation took center stage again Thursday at a downtown hotel.

State officials came together to address transportation infrastructure, technology and funding at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Transportation Summit.


The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization presented plans for updating the Arlington Expressway Corridor to meet the community's changing demands. The group proposed turning the expressway into a bike and pedestrian friendly urban boulevard that could also one day feature a light rail system. We discuss this plan and other transportation issues with Jeff Sheffield, executive director of the North Florida TPO.


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