JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It might be hard for some Jacksonville residents to believe, but the JTA Skyway has been moving people around downtown for three decades.
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Skyway with a party Friday at Hemming Park. The celebration included live music, food trucks, giveaways and more from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Skyway is just one of many ways JTA moves people around the city, including express and regular bus service, ferry and on-demand services. But what's in store for its future?
"We think the future is bright for the Skyway. It may not have been so positive in terms of its history, but going forward, it is an excellent platform to build the downtown kind of transportation infrastructure that cities are fighting for," said JTA CEO Nathaniel Ford Sr. "We will have 15 autonomous vehicles operating along the bay street corridor connecting the Skyway to the stadium."
The project is called Ultimate Urban Cirulator, also known as U2C. The first phase is expected to start in the next three years and the full project will take seven years to complete. Until then, JTA encourages riders to make use of the Skyway.
"As this downtown corridor redevelops, there's going to be more congestion, more cars, limited parking," Ford said. "So the Skyway is a great alternative for those short trips that you need in and around downtown."
JTA also designs and constructs bridges and highways. The independent state agency serves the largest city in the continental U.S. in terms of landmass. Learn more at www.jtafla.com.