JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) was named the recipient of this year's Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Wednesday.
JTA will receive the award during APTA’s annual meeting in September in Los Angeles. The award is considered to be the most distinguished of all the honors handed out at the convention.
“It is great news that our transportation system is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award," Mayor Lenny Curry said. “This national recognition demonstrates the innovative and high-quality services JTA commits to citizens and business practices."
There are three awards, based on the size of the transit system. JTA won in the mid-size category.
JTA was judged on numerous factors, including safety, operations, maintenance and community relations.
Nat Ford, CEO of JTA, told News4Jax that he credits improvements in routes, equipment and on-time delivery of service.
JTA operates Jacksonville’s public bus service, ferry service, downtown automated Skyway and paratransit service. It also plans, designs and builds roads and bridges.