The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is looking to the private sector to build and run its Ultimate Urban Circulator autonomous vehicle program — the U2C.
The public transportation system, which features driverless, low-speed electric vehicles, could eventually replace the Skyway.
JTA CEO Nathaniel Ford said Feb. 24 the authority plans to issue a request for proposals for the project JTA officials estimate will cost $350 to $400 million, according to WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.
Ford said JTA would likely offer a 30-year contract for operating and maintaining the U2C, and the authority hopes to have bid proposals to the board by February 2021.
The winning bidder would be repaid over a 30-year period.
JTA hosted an industry forum Feb. 19 to get private sector feedback on the U2C and to begin networking for the proposed public-private partnership.
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