On Monday, October 12, Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is set to unveil their first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) bus. The JTA will receive a total of 23 CNG buses by the end of November 2015, in time for the launch of JTA’s First Coast Flyer Bus Rapid Transit North Corridor “Green Line” on December 7.
With service from Rosa Parks Transit Hub near downtown along Lem Turner to I-295, the Green Line will give riders a frequent and more convenient transportation experience, according to the JTA. Once it’s complete, the First Coast Flyer will connect customers to 57 miles of destination travel downtown and in the north, southeast, east and southwest areas of Jacksonville. The Flyer system will be developed in five project stages. Flyer service requires minimal use of schedules and features fewer stops, shorter waits, easier transfers and frequent trips. As the Northeast Florida region expands, the Flyer will be an essential part of a streamlined transit system that can grow and improve with the times.
Following statements by Mayor Curry and Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., CEO of JTA, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony, from 10:30 a.m to 11 a.m. at City Hall, 117 West Duval Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the bus will be open for a first look.