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People gather outside a bus marked "Wellness on Wheels"
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is expanding its mobile COVID vaccine program, Wellness on Wheels. 

JTA First Coast Flyer bus
John Burr / WJCT contributor

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is offering free 1-day passes to anyone who wants a ride to a COVID-19 vaccination site in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center at LaVilla.
JTA


The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is considering building a commuter rail between St. Johns and Duval Counties.

Will Dickey / Florida Times-Union

Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is rolling out a new on-demand service transit service for people with disabilities.

@SanMarcoTrain via Twitter

Though it has largely flown under the radar, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and its partners have quietly launched an ambitious bid that could ultimately bring passenger rail back to Downtown Jacksonville and spark millions in development in the process. 

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Our Friday First Coast Connect featured Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duval, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk.

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JTA Sells 9-Acre Park-N-Ride Site To Daily's Gas Company

Jun 22, 2018
aerial view of Park-n-ride lot
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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has sold a 9-acre parcel of land in Mandarin to the First Coast Energy Co., according to our news partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.

The Jaxson: JTA Skyway Plan Needs Some Tweaks

Mar 11, 2018
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Modern Cities

As we’ve known for a while, JTA is planning to expand its Skyway monorail service farther into some neighborhoods adjacent to downtown Jacksonville, with a proposal calling for automated, driverless vehicles.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority unveiled its first track for testing possible replacements for the Skyway’s monorail cars.

JTA will be testing different autonomous vehicles for the next two years.


tram traveling down road
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

A conductor-less train is being tested in China, with plans to take on passengers starting next year.

The Jaxson co-founder Ennis Davis said the groundbreaking autonomous train has smaller-scale, slower cousins already moving through the streets of downtown Jacksonville.


JTA / Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Plans to widen and improve two miles of Collins Road have gotten the official go-ahead from the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable panel included Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, David Cawton from the Financial News and Daily Record, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and A.G. Gancarski (01:33) from Florida Politics. We heard about a rally Saturday in St. Mary’s, Georgia, to protest proposed development on Cumberland Island with Alex Kearns (33:41) with St. Mary’s EarthKeepers. Thrasher-Horne Center executive director Denton Yockey (41:10) told us about what’s in store for their upcoming Broadway Orange Park season and we heard a live in-studio performance by the Sapphire Quartet (46:09). 

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Jacksonville transportation officials and politicians at all levels of government Tuesday broke ground on the area’s Regional Transportation Center in the historic LaVilla neighborhood.


St. Johns River Ferry Ridership On The Rise

May 26, 2017
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Ridership is increasing on Jacksonville’s St. Johns River Ferry. The future of the ferry had been uncertain until the public Jacksonville Transportation Authority took over ownership last year.

Nineteen vehicles were lined up waiting to board at Mayport Friday afternoon. John Wilson and his wife visiting from Georgia were relaxing with the windows down while they waited.


  Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” we were joined by Jacksonville Transportation Authority Vice President of Long Range Planning and System Development Brad Thoburn to discuss plans to extend the Skyway.        

Local environmental activist Josh Weber spoke about his opposition to the proposed Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline and we hear a live in-studio performance by local bluegrass band Grandpa’s Cough Medicine.  


    

Friday on First Coast Connect, our media roundtable included Sebastian Kitchen from the Florida Times-Union, Timothy Gibbons from the Jacksonville Business Journal, A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. Host Melissa Ross spoke by phone with former “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor and former Cummer Museum executive director Hope McMath spoke about Saturday’s commemoration of International Human Rights Day. 

  

Thursday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Jacksonville Transportation Authority CEO Nathaniel Ford about the future of transportation in the city. We also heard from local chef and restaurant owner Kenny Gilbert about his plans to expand the local restaurant scene. Swamp Radio’s Ian Mairs along with chef Stephen Dimare joined the show to talk about their upcoming dinner and radio theater event “Early Thanks” being held Saturday at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. 


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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is considering raising bus fares.

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Upwards of 75,000 fans are expected to attend the Navy Academy vs. Notre Dame game at Everbank Field on Saturday.

Rick Catlett, president of JAXSPORTS, which is hosting the event along with the city,  said he is excited for “this iconic football game between the Naval Academy and Notre Dame — (the) longest intersectional rivalry in the history of college football,” to be played in Jacksonville.

JTA Leaders On Board For Future Of Jacksonville Skyway

Oct 19, 2016
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A group of Jacksonville Transportation Authority leaders deciding what to do with the Jacksonville Skyway has found a cheaper way to fix the people mover.


Florida Department of Transportation

The Interstate-295 West Beltway Express Lanes from the Buckman Bridge to Interstate-95 are expected to be completed in early 2017.

The Express Lanes, which will have a toll, will be another option for commuters. The regular lanes will remain open and free.

Allie George

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority wants seniors to know about their public transportation options.

To demonstrate what’s available, the agency took riders on a journey Wednesday afternoon. The destination was a day at the museum.

Sarah DeNicolais

A modernized Skyway monorail system, improved river ferry and more pedestrian-friendly streets are among the plans in the works at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

Pond/Michael Baker and JTA

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has reached a deal to design a transportation hub to integrate key local, regional and intracity services downtown.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Ferry is getting some federal help to make much-needed repairs.

Jacksonville Transportation Authority officials will receive a $6 million dollar grant as long as it pays a 20-percent match.


Ryan Benk / WJCT News

The St. Johns River Ferry is now under the control of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. The city signed over ownership Wednesday.

But without more funding for renovations, the ferry’s fate is far from certain.


HMS Ferries Inc.

The Jacksonville City Council will soon decide whether to transfer ownership of the St. Johns River Ferry to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. As part of the ferry negotiations, Council member John Crescimbeni says, JTA asked the Council to extend the local option gas tax that helps fund road construction.

Crescimbeni says the gas tax was set to end in August, but the city has extended it for another 20 years.

Crescimbeni says now the Council must decide how much of the Mayport Ferry to give up.

trolley
JTA

Weekend revelers will soon have a more frequent ride around the Riverside neighborhood.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is about to start weekly service of its Riverside Avondale Night Trolley


Beatrice Sanchez / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is asking for Northside residents’ ideas as it begins transforming Moncrief Road, Myrtle Avenue and 8th Street.

The area is one of 14 corridors JTA hopes to improve over the next five years through the JTAMobilityWorks project.

 

We begin the hour by talking about the election going on in St. Johns County today to decide whether to approve a 10-year, half-cent sales take hike to benefit public schools. If voters approve the sales tax, the revenues would be used to build four new schools, and fix up or expand most schools across the county.

 


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