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Jacksonville Skyway Offers Extra Hours For New Year's, TaxSlayer Bowl

Lindsey Kilbride

Jacksonville’s free monorail system is extending its hours this weekend in anticipation of big events downtown. 

On Monday, Lloyd Daniels was getting off the Skyway at Hemming Park around lunch time. He said he got on at the bus station, just a few blocks from here. 

“It’s a hot day, and it’s a blessing to be able to ride from point to point without walking, without jumping off and on other buses and stuff,” he says.

About five or six other people are waiting for trains. But this weekend, JTA expects thousands of riders to use Skyway to watch fireworks on New Year’s or come downtown for the TaxSlayer Bowl on Saturday.

Here are the extra holiday hours. As always, rides are free:

Thursday, Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve): 6 a.m.- 2 a.m.

Friday Friday, Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day): 10 a.m.- midnight

Saturday, Jan 2: 9 a.m.- midnight

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP