A big shift is coming for many Jacksonville bus riders on Monday, May 4.
That day, the new Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center (JRTC) will officially open in LaVilla as JTA’s main Downtown bus transfer facility, which means many of the buses that currently stop at the Rosa Parks Transit Station will instead go to the JRTC. The grand opening, originally scheduled for March 30, was postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
For many bus riders, that will mean changing established habits. The JRTC is located across the street from the Prime Osborn Convention Center at 100 LaVilla Center Drive.
Bus routes affected by the JRTC opening are:
- JTA bus routes: 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 27, 32, 33 and 53
- First Coast Flyer Green Line (102), Blue Line (107) and Red Line (109)
- JTA express routes: Mandarin (200), Clay Regional (201) and Beaches (205)
As JTA opens the new facility to customers, bus routes will continue to operate on a modified schedule.
JTA has launched a hotline to help riders navigate the new terminal and to answer questions about changes to their routes. The JRTC hotline number is (904) 598-8737.
Schedules are available through the Nexbus mobile app, Google Transit and at https://schedules.jtafla.com.
The JRTC will serve as JTA’s new intermodal hub with direct connections to the Skyway and Intercity Bus Terminal, which accommodates the Greyhound, Megabus and RedCoach lines.
It is also the JTA’s new administrative headquarters. However, it will remain closed to visitors and all non-essential JTA administrative personnel until further notice as JTA continues to follow “Safer at Home” orders.
The JRTC was built at a cost of around $57 million and is forecast to serve more than 12,500 daily riders.