St. Johns River Ferry

St. Johns River ferry
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The St. Johns River Ferry is running again after a damaged steering unit had knocked it out of service since Saturday. 

St. Johns River Ferry Out Of Commission For Repair

Sep 13, 2021
St. Johns River ferry
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If the St. Johns River Ferry is normally part of your commute, you’ll want to give yourself lots of extra time this week. 

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.

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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.

Issues discussed included

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

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.

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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.

water and trees at Jax Arboretum
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Updated Wednesday, March 16, 10:30 a.m.:

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.

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

Topics include the investigation into the missing cargo ship El Faro, concerns about public housing in Jacksonville, and more.

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Updated Tuesday, June 23:

Gov. Rick Scott has vetoed $1 million for the St. Johns River Ferry

The Mayport Ferry would have spent the money on badly needed renovations.

Riverside Avondale Night Trolley

Trolleys and ferries are running this weekend on the First Coast.

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The latest plan to save the St. Johns River Ferry involves the Jacksonville Transportation Authority taking over operations.

Marissa Alexander, JEA, the St. Johns River Ferry, and Charlie Crist are in the headlines today.

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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority Board has rejected giving $200,000 to the St. Johns River Ferry Commission.

But the board will come back next month and likely vote again on the appropriation.

The board voted 3-2 in favor of the funding but four votes were needed to pass. Board Chair Ed Burr and trustee Greg Evans were not in attendance.

Ferry Commission Chair John Crescimbeni says a month’s delay shouldn’t be a problem.

The $74.3 billion budget passed by the Florida Senate this week includes $10.4 million for St. Johns River restoration, $144 million for UNF, and $1 million for the St. John River Ferry.

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It could be the financial windfall that keeps the St. Johns River Ferry running.

State Senator Aaron Bean and State Representative Janet Adkins have requested up to $1.5 million be set aside in the state’s 2014 budget to keep the ferry afloat.

The funds would be used for repairs and maintenance while the boats are in dry dock.