JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Transit Authority received a grant to fund JTA's Bus Rapid Transit system.
The Small Starts Capital Investment Grants from the Federal Transit Administration has awarded grants totaling $38 million, according to a JTA press release.
"We have had many years of successful partnering with the FTA. The JTA is honored to be awarded these funds," said Donna Harper, JTA Board Chair. "This grant is instrumental in supporting JTA's goals to provide our community with enhanced transit services."
The grant will fully fund the North and Southeast corridors construction of the "First Coast Flyer" premium transit services. The north corridor will receive $18,882,865 and the south corridor is awarded $19,101,000.
"As a senior member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, I am pleased to see that a total of nearly $38 million in the President's budget was awarded to the JTA to complete construction of its North and Southeast Bus Rapid Transit system Corridors." said Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Florida's Fifth Congressional District. "As a community Congressional Representative, I will continue working to ensure that JTA has all the resources it needs for expanding and improving its transportation system."
The release says that the service will provide 10 minute peak hour frequencies and 15 minute off-peak frequencies, branded low flood CNG buses, transit signal priority, and new shelters with real-time passenger information. The system will provide customers who travel long distances an easier transfer with less stops.
"Effective and efficient mass transit in and around Jacksonville is in everyone's best interest," said Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Florida's Fourth Congressional District. "That's why I support Federal Transit Administration funds for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and its Bus Rapid Transit System. As the region expands, we are helping to build a more streamlined transit system that can grow and improve with the times."
For more information on the JTA's First Coast Flyer, please visit the Future Plans section on their website.