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The Jaxson: JTA Skyway Plan Needs Some Tweaks

Mar 11, 2018
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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.

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As fully autonomous cars and other vehicles move closer to becoming a reality on Jacksonville’s roadways, a new study shows the majority of Americans still don’t trust the technology.

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The future has arrived as the Jacksonville Transportation Authority unveils its first autonomous vehicles test track.

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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.


The Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s elevated Skyway monorail system is due for a face lift.  What that looks like will depend, in part, on the public.

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Jacksonville’s free monorail system is extending its hours this weekend in anticipation of big events downtown. 


We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Larry Hannan, Florida Times-Union reporter; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly writer; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include the Jacksonville City Council a $90 million deal with the Jaguars Shad Khan for a new amphitheater and field upgrades, continued discussion about the city's human rights ordinance, and the future of the Jacksonville Skyway.

We speak with Jacksonville Transportation Authority CEO Nat Ford about the future of the Skyway, updates for the First Coast Flyer rapid bus transit system, and other transportation issues affecting the First Coast.

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Jacksonville is seeking public input on what to do with its underutilized Skyway monorail system. The first public meeting of a new Skyway committee is set for next week.


We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Ron Littlepage, Florida Times-Union columnist; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist; and WJCT analyst John Burr.

Topics include the showdown between Mayor Lenny Curry and Planning Commission Chair-Elect Lisa King, the second Republican presidential debate, and the uncertain future of the Jacksonville Skyway people mover.


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Downtown Jacksonville’s hotels are booming this week thanks to several conventions and family reunions happening in the city.

With the extra travelers, Visit Jacksonville has requested longer hours on the Skyway tram system.

Jacksonville Transportation Authority spokeswoman Leigh-Ann Rassler says the trains will run from 6 a.m. until midnight Tuesday through Friday this week.

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Jacksonville's mass transit system was among the city features given a boost by the 2014 One Spark festival earlier this month, with Skyway ridership showing a 104 percent over the same time last year.

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Don’t look for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) to start running the skyway late at night or on the weekends, despite its phenomenal popularity during the One Spark Festival

According to the JTA, the people mover averaged more than 10,000 passengers a day during the five day crowd-funding event, double the number of riders it usually gets. 

JTA Vice President of Transit Operations Lisa Darnall calls the figures encouraging.