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JTA Riders Now Required to Wear Masks; Skyway Reopens Wednesday

Picture of a Skyway train at Hemming Park Station.
The JTA's Skyway monorail system will resume operations Wednesday.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority announced Monday afternoon it is following the city’s new face mask mandate.

JTA riders are now required to wear face masks on buses and other JTA vehicles. The new mandate was going into effect at 5 p.m., Monday, June 29.

The transit authority also announced Monday that the Skyway will reopen Wednesday, running at all existing stations, including Rosa Parks, and the new Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center.

The Skway's hours will be Monday - Friday from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. It will also be running on the 4th of July from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The monorail’s trains will be cleaned ever four hours, in addition to receiving fogging and antimicrobial treatments that takes place every 30 days.

The new Skyway station that is under construction in Brooklyn will not be part of Wednesday’s reopening, according to JTA spokesman David Cawton II.

The JTA did not have an opening date for the Brooklyn station at the time of this story’s publication, although it was previously announced as opening sometime in July.

Credit JTA / Via Jacksonville Daily Record
Via Jacksonville Daily Record
Artist's rendering of the new Skyway station being built in Brooklyn.

Social distancing will be required on the Skyway with an enhanced security presence at all Skyway stations.

JTA staff will have a limited amount of masks to provide to customers at the Central, Hemming and Kings Avenue Skyway stations.

The JTA will also have limited number of masks for customers each day at the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center at LaVilla and aboard buses.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.