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JTA gets $7.2M to improve First Coast Flyer project

Money to be used for fixing sidewalks, ramps, pedestrian access

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has received $7.2 million from the Federal Transit Administration to improve infrastructure connected to the First Coast Flyer program.

The money will be used to improve sidewalks and ADA ramps within a half mile of the First Coast Flyer North Corridor stations and construct pedestrian access to the Armsdale Park-n-Ride facility, JTA said.

Armsdale Road will be reconstructed to include a curb and gutter, providing lane widths with adequate sidewalks to the Park-n-Ride facility opening this October.

The changes will improve bus and pedestrian safety at a location with one of the highest riderships for the First Coast Flyer service, JTA said.

“We look forward to working with Mayor (Lenny) Curry and his administration to improve safety for pedestrians and transit accessibility on the Northside,” said JTA Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “Our goal is to enhance the quality of life, create jobs and break down the barriers of public transportation in the community.”

Recently, JTA completed construction of the FCF North Corridor along Lem Turner Road.

First Coast Flyer service started on Dec. 7, 2015.

The community along the corridor is targeted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Ladders of Opportunity Initiative, and received funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

The North Corridor is an area that continues to need improved and enhanced infrastructure to create and connect workforce opportunities that move more people into the middle class, JTA said.

Even with the improvements made during the FCF North Corridor project, this roadway continues to have significant infrastructure issues with missing sidewalks and lacking ADA accessibility for pedestrian movements.

The FCF is composed of four strategically planned corridors, covering 57 miles of roadway, converging to the Downtown bus infrastructure project.

When completed, it will be the largest BRT network in the southeast area of the United States.

The North Corridor “Green Line” operates between Rosa Parks Transit Station and Interstate 295 along Lem Turner with stops at major destinations, including FSCJ, VA Clinic, UF Health and Gateway Town Center.

For information about riding JTA, please contact the JTA’s customer service line at 904-630-3100; TDD 904-630-3191 or visit www.jtafla.com