Jacksonville Transportation Authority Opens New Bus Rapid Transit Line
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) opened the First Coast Flyer Orange Line, a 13-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) route that connects downtown Jacksonville to Orange Park.
âAfter 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,â said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr, CEO of JTA. said at an opening ceremony. “The Orange Line gives our customers direct access to stores, college campuses, medical facilities and our entire transportation network at the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Hub in LaVilla.”
The Orange First Coast Flyer Line complements JTA’s 58-mile BRT system, the largest in the Southeastern United States. according to a press release.
The $ 33 million project is part of a $ 138 million BRT program that began in 2014 with the inauguration of the First Coast Flyer Green Line. The Federal Transit Administration provided $ 90 million in grants, as did the Florida Department of Transportation, which provided $ 24 million in state matching for JTA’s local investment.
The route heads southwest from the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Hub at LaVilla along Park Street through Brooklyn, Historic Five Points, Riverside, Avondale, and Florida State College on the Jacksonville Kent campus. From there, the Flyer descends Blanding Boulevard with stops at Cedar Hills, 103rd Street, Mores Avenue, and Orange Park Mall.
SOURCE: Jacksonville Transportation Authority