The ribbon cutting was attended by officials from the Jacksonville City Council, Clay County Board of Commissioners, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Region IV Administrator Dr. Yvette Taylor, JTA officials and Dr. John Avendano, president of Florida State College at Jacksonville. - Photo: JTA

The ribbon cutting was attended by officials from the Jacksonville City Council, Clay County Board of Commissioners, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Region IV Administrator Dr. Yvette Taylor, JTA officials and Dr. John Avendano, president of Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Photo: JTA

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) opened the First Coast Flyer Orange Line.

This is a 13-mile Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route that connects Downtown Jacksonville to Orange Park.

The announcement was made during an official ribbon cutting hosted Sept. 27 at Florida State College at Jacksonville Kent Campus.

“After more than 10 years of planning, building and opening new routes, the First Coast Flyer Orange Line is finally open, completing our BRT program in Jacksonville,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., JTA CEO. “The Orange Line gives our customers direct access to shopping, college campuses, medical facilities and our entire transportation network at the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center at LaVilla."

The First Coast Flyer Orange Line completes the JTA’s 58-mile BRT system. The Orange Line features 13 branded stops and stations in both directions with real-time passenger information, premium amenities, onboard Wi-Fi, traffic signal priority at busy intersections, and segments of bus only lanes.

The route heads southwest from the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center at LaVilla along Park Street through Brooklyn, Historic Five Points, Riverside, Avondale, and Florida State College at Jacksonville Kent Campus. The Flyer then goes down Blanding Boulevard with stops at Cedar Hills, 103rd Street, Mores Avenue, and the Orange Park Mall.

First Coast Flyer is a $33 million project that is part of a $138 million BRT program that began in 2014.

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