St. Johns River Ferry

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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority resumed crossings between Mayport Village and Fort George Island Friday morning.

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Next year the currently closed St. Johns River Ferry will receive another multi-million dollar upgrade, thanks in large part to a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.


The Jacksonville Transportation Authority now has a better idea how long it’s going to take to repair the St. Johns River Ferry, which went out of service last Thursday. 

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The St. Johns River Ferry has been shut down indefinitely after the operations team reported hearing an unusual noise Thursday morning.

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Ferry service between Mayport and Ft. George Island was interrupted during part of the Monday morning commute.


Thursday is your day to hitch a free ride to just about anywhere in town.

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The St. Johns River Ferry in Atlantic Beach officially reopens Thursday, after being taken out of service for 45 days for repairs and maintenance.


After the holiday weekend is over, motorists who use the St. Johns Ferry will have to take the long way around to cross the St. Johns River.

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David White has been one of the captains at the helm of the St. Johns River Ferry’s Jean Ribault 40-car vessel for five years.

Friday on First Coast Connect our Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan.

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The St. Johns River Ferry will be getting $3.35 million in improvements thanks to a federal grant.

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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.

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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.

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Money for the St. Johns River Ferry and developing downtown Jacksonville are among the items Gov. Rick Scott has decided to veto.

Overall, Scott is trimming more than $256 million worth of projects out of the state budget Florida lawmakers passed last week. He made the announcement Tuesday.

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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.