JTA receives $19.1M fed grant for First Coast Flyer BRT corridor

Posted on December 8, 2015

Rendering: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Rendering: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
The Jacksonville (Fla.) Transportation Authority (JTA) was awarded a $19.1 million Small Start Grant Agreement (SSGA) from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).  The grant funds will be used for the First Coast Flyer™ bus rapid transit (BRT) Southeast Corridor Project. Additionally, the first phase of the system, the “Green Line” launched Dec. 7, 2015 on the North Corridor.

“The signing of this Small Starts Grant Agreement (SSGA) is another significant step in the First Coast Flyer™ program for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority,” said JTA CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr.  “The First Coast Flyer™ initiative will transform travel in the Northeast Florida region. It lays the foundation for a regional transportation network that will boost our economy and enhance the quality of life for our citizens. The Flyer connects customers to jobs, education, shopping and healthcare in a heavily transit-dependent region.”

Rendering: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Rendering: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
The 11.1-mile Southeast Corridor is the third segment of a five-phased First Coast Flyer™ system planned for the Jacksonville area. The scope includes seven stations, transit signal priority at 18 intersections (holds green lights, allowing buses to move through intersections without stopping) and off-board fare collection. It also will include the construction of a park-and-ride lot and the procurement of ten energy efficient compressed natural gas buses. The $23.8 million project is funded by the FTA, Florida Department of Transportation and the JTA.

The First Coast Flyer is planned in five-phases and serves as the backbone to the regional transit system. When completed in 2019, the Flyer system will cover 57 miles of destination travel, and will be the largest BRT system of its kind in the Southeast.  The branded Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses built by Gillig serving this corridor have a sleek, aerodynamic design that incorporates a raised, raked-back front cap blended into a full length, contoured roofline. Its modern profile makes a distinguished statement.

Rendering: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Rendering: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
The first phase of the BRT system, the “Green Line” launched Dec. 7, 2015 on the North Corridor. It operates between Rosa Parks Transit Station and Interstate 295 along Lem Turner with stops at major destinations to include FSCJ, VA Clinic, UF Health and Gateway Town Center.

Features of the system include:

High-Frequency Service
When you are standing at a station, the Flyer’s branded buses will arrive every
10 minutes (peak) hours and every 15 minutes (non-peak) hours

Simple, Direct Routes
The direct routes quickly connect people to greater employment and
entertainment opportunities, and eliminate the need for downtown transfers.

Wi-Fi on the Fly
The Flyer is a consistent hotspot of complimentary Wi-Fi, allowing customers
to catch up on email while traveling.

Stations That Stand Out
Flyer stations have unique branding, are well-lit and feature (in most
locations) two shelters with benches, bike racks and a display kiosk with
real-time bus arrival information. Downtown stations will also have ticket vending machines (TVM.)

Load Your Star Card Downtown
Load your STAR Card before you board the Flyer by taking advantage of ticket vending machines at the Flyer’s downtown stations and at the Rosa Parks Transit Hub on the Flyer’s Green Line. Just tap your STAR Card on the Flyer’s farebox and you’re ready to ride.

Park-n-Ride lots can connect you with the Flyer and add convenience to your commute. The first lot – at I-295 near Lem Turner – will open late Fall 2016.

Dedicated Downtown Lanes
The Flyer will travel between downtown stations on dedicated
bus lanes, making travel seamless and frequent.

Clean and Energy Efficient
The Flyer fleet is comprised of 100% compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles
for a ride that’s quieter, more fuel efficient and better for the environment.

Price to Ride
The Flyer’s initial fare cost is $1.50, the same as JTA’s regular fare.

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