Uber is giving free door-to-door rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination sites within 10 Jacksonville area ZIP codes as part of a new program with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.


JTA’s autonomous shuttle program, called the U2C (Ultimate Urban Circulator), is now a testbed for an airless tire system developed by Goodyear.

Photo of a JTA bus

More low-income First Coast area residents will be eligible for lower transit fare rates following a Wednesday announcement from the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

Fred Orty / JTA

The colors of the rainbow will be returning to Downtown Jacksonville’s Acosta Bridge Wednesday night in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month after they were temporarily shut off Tuesday at the request of the Florida Department of Transportation after the agency said it received “several complaints regarding the color scheme.”

JTA CEO Nat Ford (right) is pictured last month speaking with Fla. Department of Transportation District 2 Secretary Greg Evans.
Florida Department of Transportation

Now that the Jacksonville City Council has voted to double the local gas tax from 6 to 12 cents a gallon, attention is turning to the projects that will be funded by tax.

A recently purchased JTA electric bus.

Jacksonville’s city-owned utility and its transportation agency are in talks that could lead to the electrification of the city’s entire bus fleet.

Passenger capacity for JTA buses coming and going to the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center is being increased.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority announced Tuesday afternoon it is increasing the capacity of its buses from 25 to 30 passengers as COVID restrictions ease across the country.


The Jacksonville City Council is considering amendments to the 6-cent gas tax increase proposal, which would be used to fund infrastructure projects across the city.

North Florida TPO

The plan to double Jacksonville’s gas tax from 6 to 12 cents is running into some potholes.

A Skyway train is pictured departing the JTA's Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and City Council President Tommy Hazouri have filed a bill to add a six-cent tax to every gallon of gas purchased within city limits. 

Crazy Beans Coffee Opens At JTA Transportation Hub

Apr 19, 2021
Assistant Manager Don Ashton, left, and cashier Dianthe Ashton work behind the counter at the new Crazy Beans Coffee.
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

The newly opened Crazy Beans Coffee at the heart of JTA’s Regional Transportation Center is believed to be the first new restaurant to open in LaVilla in more than 15 years.

North Florida TPO

A major debate is underway about how to fund, grow and expand Jacksonville’s urban core transit system.

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.

The board of the Jacksonville Transit Authority voted unanimously Thursday supporting a 6-cent increase to the city’s gas tax. If passed by the City Council, the tax would be used to fund up to $930 million in transportation improvements throughout the`city. 

The Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center at LaVilla.

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

A city employee stands next to a repurposed vaccine bus.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority and Agape Family Health are making the coronavirus vaccine even more accessible by offering the shot on retrofitted city buses. The program is the first of its kind in Florida.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has formally unveiled a plan to fund more than $900 million dollars of transportation projects with an increase to the local gas tax. 

Riverside business owners were told construction will take two weeks.
Joslyn Simmons / WJCT

Jacksonville may impose a tax on gasoline to fund up to $930 million in improvements to roadways, drainage and transit, according to WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union, which reported Wednesday that Mayor Lenny Curry has been meeting with City Council members.

Jacksonville Mulls Gas Tax Hike For $930M In Projects

Mar 10, 2021
Downtown Jacksonville

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority have been meeting with City Council members about a possible increase and extension of the local gas tax that would pay for a $930 million list of transportation projects.


The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) has purchased its first self-driving ADA-compliant zero-emission passenger van.

Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) has proposed disbanding the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority.

According to Senate Bill 1130, which Brandes filed Monday, TBARTA’s funding would go to the local government members on its board, according to how much each contributes.

Council member Brenda Priestly Jackson urged community members to trust the COVID-19 vaccine.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

The city of Jacksonville will distribute coronavirus vaccine shots on a first-come-first serve basis Friday and Saturday at the Northside’s Clanzel T. Brown Senior Center. 

A recently purchased JTA electric bus.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has taken delivery of two electric buses that will soon be going into service.

A Skyway station will be added at 725 Leila St. near Riverside Ave. in Jacksonville's Brooklyn Neighborhood.

Plans to open a Skyway monorail station in Brooklyn have fallen behind schedule due to the pandemic.

Ferry loaded with cars
Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) will temporarily suspend service of the St. Johns River Ferry for approximately eight weeks starting Wednesday, January 6, 2021, to begin the next phase of upgrades to the facilities and the vessel.

This photo shows a model of the Crazy Beans Coffee planned inside the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Fleming Island-based Crazy Beans Coffee is planning a breakfast and lunch cafe on the ground floor of the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center in LaVilla.

Road construction sign
Rusty Clark / Flickr Commons

A $4 million reconstruction of a half-mile stretch of 5th Street on Jacksonville's Westside between Melson Avenue and Huron Street is underway.

JTA's Orange Line to Orange Park is expected to be completed by Feb. 2021.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority expects to complete its First Coast Flyer Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system late next year with the addition of the Orange Line. 


JTA has been awarded a $11.9 million federal grant that it will use to retire eight diesel buses and replace them with compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which have lower CO2 emissions.

Two zero-emission Tuks Tuks are pictured along with a traditionally-powered Tuk'n Bus.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority announced Friday it is partnering with a local business to offer “micro transit options” for riders traveling in Downtown, Riverside and Avondale.