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ROUTE OPTIMIZATION

New System. New Routes. New Way.

What is the Blueprint?

The Blueprint for Transportation Excellence (BTE) is the JTA's 20-year strategic plan to transform travel in Jacksonville.

What is the Blueprint 2020?

Blueprint 2020 is the JTA's five-year strategic plan to implement select initiatives designed to immediately enhance the economic viability of greater Jacksonville.

 

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ROUTE OPTIMIZATION

New System. New Routes. New Way.

What is Route Optimization?

Route Optimization is a JTA initiative to completely redesign the Authority's bus and community shuttle service to make it more appealing to current and potential riders.

Timeline for Implementation?

The schedules and routes changes will be completed by Fall 2014.

Route Optimization Goals are to:

  • Provide more direct service
  • Improve bus frequency
  • Increase bus stop amenities
  • Extend hours of operation

Fare Increases?

There are no proposed fare increases at this time.

 

 Latest News

 
  
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JTA Receives Small Starts Funding for First Coast Flyer

​The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) has been awarded grants totaling $38.0 million from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The Small Starts Capital Investment Grants will fully fund through construction, the North and Southeast Corridors of the JTA’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) administers the Section 5309 Capital Investment Grant program, which provides capital funds for major transit investment projects. The JTA received FY14 Grant allocations in the amount of $18,882,865 for the North Corridor and $19,101,000 for the Southeast Corridor.

"We have had many years of successful partnering with the FTA. The JTA is honored to be awarded these funds.” said Donna Harper, JTA Board Chair. "This grant is instrumental in supporting JTA’s goals to provide our community with enhanced transit services."

The BRT system, branded as "First Coast Flyer", is a premium transit service. The service will provide 10 minute peak hour frequencies and 15 minute off-peak frequencies, branded low floor CNG buses, transit signal priority, and new shelters with real-time passenger information.

The system includes four corridors connected by a downtown project. The downtown project includes significant portions of dedicated bus lanes and will begin construction this summer.

Improving mobility throughout the region is a key priority for the JTA. First Coast Flyer allows for customers to travel longer distances more quickly with fewer stops and easier transfers. The system will be the foundation of a new route structure under development as part of our route optimization initiative.

Local Congressional Representatives who support the JTA’s First Coast Flyer were equally excited about the opportunities this new service could mean to residents in our community.

"As a senior member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, I am pleased to see that a total of nearly $38 million in the President’s budget was awarded to the JTA to complete construction of its North and Southeast Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system Corridors." said Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Florida’s Fifth Congressional District. "As a community Congressional Representative, I will continue working to ensure that JTA has all the resources it needs for expanding and improving its transportation system."

"Effective and efficient mass transit in and around Jacksonville is in everyone’s best interest," said Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Florida’s Fourth Congressional District. "That’s why I support Federal Transit Administration funds for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System. As the region expands, we are helping to build a more streamlined transit system that can grow and improve with the times."

For more information on the JTA’s First Coast Flyer, please visit the Future Plans section on www.jtafla.com.

 
JTA Kicks Off National Transportation Week with Customer Appreciation Day

National Transportation Week (NTW), May 11-17, is an opportunity for our country to show appreciation to and generate awareness of the transportation industry.

To help celebrate NTW this year, JTA will be holding its annual Customer Appreciation Day Monday, May 12.

As a part of the Customer Appreciation, JTA staff will hand out breakfast snacks and water from 6:30 to 9 a.m. at the Rosa Parks, Gateway and Regency transit hubs. Later in the day, from 3 to 6 p.m. staff will be at the Skyway Central Station lower platform area providing snacks and beverages to our Skyway patrons.

Throughout the rest of the week, JTA staff will be telling customers about the agency’s new Route Optimization Initiative (ROI) at all three major transit hubs, Tuesday to Friday from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Rosa Parks station only.

 
 

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Route optimization is a Blueprint 2020 initiative to completely redesign the authority’s bus and Community Shuttle service to make them more appealing to current and potential riders. Route Optimization will restructure the existing, 30‐year‐old route plan and optimize transit routes to make them more frequent and direct. Route optimization will also improve bus hours of operation on key corridors, provide express service to park‐n‐ride facilities, align routes with the upcoming First Coast Flyer (BRT), and make the overall system simpler and easier to use.
collapse Title : How will it benefit the JTA? ‎(1)
Route Optimization will create higher levels of service, both in frequency and hours of operation, to many areas of the JTA service area. It will also create a more direct and simpler route network. These changes will provide a greater opportunity for JTA to offer enhanced services to existing customers, attract choice riders and the estimated 10,000 transit dependent residents who currently do not ride the system.
collapse Title : What is the estimated timeline for implementation? ‎(1)
The route overhaul will be completed by December 2014.
collapse Title : What is the initiative estimated to cost? ‎(1)
The initiative and related community outreach costs are estimated to be about $550,000 to $600,000. The service changes will cost little to nothing. The major cost will be to passengers who are negatively impacted, which is why the outreach plan will be critical to lessen the impact as much as possible. 4.17.14
collapse Title : Why is the JTA implementing it? ‎(1)
The last overhaul to the JTA bus network was more than 25 years ago. Since that time, there have been a series of incremental changes to the routes. However, the JTA currently ranks behind its peers in many measures of service effectiveness largely because the route network is infrequent, circuitous and does not function well as a system.
  
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Description
JTA Receives Small Starts Funding for First Coast Flyer

​The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) has been awarded grants totaling $38.0 million from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The Small Starts Capital Investment Grants will fully fund through construction, the North and Southeast Corridors of the JTA’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) administers the Section 5309 Capital Investment Grant program, which provides capital funds for major transit investment projects. The JTA received FY14 Grant allocations in the amount of $18,882,865 for the North Corridor and $19,101,000 for the Southeast Corridor.

"We have had many years of successful partnering with the FTA. The JTA is honored to be awarded these funds.” said Donna Harper, JTA Board Chair. "This grant is instrumental in supporting JTA’s goals to provide our community with enhanced transit services."

The BRT system, branded as "First Coast Flyer", is a premium transit service. The service will provide 10 minute peak hour frequencies and 15 minute off-peak frequencies, branded low floor CNG buses, transit signal priority, and new shelters with real-time passenger information.

The system includes four corridors connected by a downtown project. The downtown project includes significant portions of dedicated bus lanes and will begin construction this summer.

Improving mobility throughout the region is a key priority for the JTA. First Coast Flyer allows for customers to travel longer distances more quickly with fewer stops and easier transfers. The system will be the foundation of a new route structure under development as part of our route optimization initiative.

Local Congressional Representatives who support the JTA’s First Coast Flyer were equally excited about the opportunities this new service could mean to residents in our community.

"As a senior member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, I am pleased to see that a total of nearly $38 million in the President’s budget was awarded to the JTA to complete construction of its North and Southeast Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system Corridors." said Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Florida’s Fifth Congressional District. "As a community Congressional Representative, I will continue working to ensure that JTA has all the resources it needs for expanding and improving its transportation system."

"Effective and efficient mass transit in and around Jacksonville is in everyone’s best interest," said Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Florida’s Fourth Congressional District. "That’s why I support Federal Transit Administration funds for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System. As the region expands, we are helping to build a more streamlined transit system that can grow and improve with the times."

For more information on the JTA’s First Coast Flyer, please visit the Future Plans section on www.jtafla.com.

 
JTA Kicks Off National Transportation Week with Customer Appreciation Day

National Transportation Week (NTW), May 11-17, is an opportunity for our country to show appreciation to and generate awareness of the transportation industry.

To help celebrate NTW this year, JTA will be holding its annual Customer Appreciation Day Monday, May 12.

As a part of the Customer Appreciation, JTA staff will hand out breakfast snacks and water from 6:30 to 9 a.m. at the Rosa Parks, Gateway and Regency transit hubs. Later in the day, from 3 to 6 p.m. staff will be at the Skyway Central Station lower platform area providing snacks and beverages to our Skyway patrons.

Throughout the rest of the week, JTA staff will be telling customers about the agency’s new Route Optimization Initiative (ROI) at all three major transit hubs, Tuesday to Friday from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Rosa Parks station only.