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St. Johns Ferry Is Back In Service With Free Trips Friday

Ryan Benk
The St. Johns River Ferry

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority resumed crossings between Mayport Village and Fort George Island Friday morning.

The ferry underwent final sea trials Thursday and a final inspection by the U.S. Coast Guard before being certified to resume service.

The ferry had been closed since July 30. Propeller system repairs were done in dry-dock at BAE Systems Ship Repair after the system was damaged by a rope in the water that JTA estimated was approximately six to seven inches in diameter.

The rudder had to be removed so crews could access the propeller, and was welded back in place, according to JTA. The propeller and other components were also reinstalled.

As a thank you to customers for their support and patience during the ferry's repair, JTA is offering free trips on the ferry to everyone, all day, Friday, August 9.

The ferry is open Monday - Friday, beginning in Mayport Village at 6 a.m. and Fort George Island at 6:30 a.m. Service continues with departures on every hour and half-hour through 7 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday service is from 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.