JTA Plans To Seek Bids To Build, Run Autonomous Vehicle Program

Feb 28, 2020

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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