The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) held a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning to celebrate the completion of Phase I (Intercity Bus Terminal) of the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center (JRTC). The ceremony was held at 1111 West Forsyth Street in the historic LaVilla neighborhood.
“The Intercity Bus Terminal is the first pillar of the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center,” said JTA CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “JTA is pleased to provide Greyhound Lines, Inc. with this new state-of-the-art home. The JRTC is fast becoming a gateway to the region and a catalyst for economic activity.”
The Intercity Bus Terminal was designed and built by the JTA and will be leased to Greyhound. The one-story 10,000 square foot bus terminal features an indoor waiting area, ticketing offices, a cafeteria, restrooms, nine bus bays, parking, and a customer drop off area on Stuart Street.
The bus terminal has been built to meet Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification requirements. LEED is a globally recognized symbol of excellence in green building. LEED certification ensures electricity cost savings, lower carbon emissions and healthier environments for the places we live, work, learn, play and worship. The building utilizes an energy efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system and LED lighting and windows.
“The Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center will undoubtedly play a critical role in the continued progress of this community,” said Evan Burak, Regional Vice President, Greyhound Lines, Inc. “Being able to offer service from this beautiful location is an honor, and we are grateful to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority for making us an integral part of this project.”
The state-of-the-art transportation hub will connect local, regional and intercity modes of transportation, including the First Coast Flyer bus rapid transit system, fixed bus routes, the Skyway/U²C, Greyhound and other intercity carriers, ride share, bike share and possibly Amtrak and Commuter Rail stations in the future. Phase II includes an approximately 40,000 square foot Administration Building. The estimated completion date for Phase II is January 2020.
In attendance at the ceremony were State Senator Audrey Gibson, State Representatives Jason Fischer, Tracie Davis and Kim Daniels, Jacksonville City Council President Anna Brosche, Jacksonville City Council Members Garrett L. Dennis, Jim Love, Sam Newby, Greg Anderson, and Tommy Hazouri, JTA Board Chairman Isaiah Rumlin, Vice Chairman Kevin Holzendorf, and Board Members Ari Jolly and Denise Wallace, JTA CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., Greyhound Vice President of Operations Myron Watkins and Regional Manager Emma Gray and representatives from the Congressional offices of Senator Bill Nelson, Congressman John Rutherford and Congressman Al Lawson.
For information about JTA, please contact the JTA’s customer service line at 904.630.3100; Florida Relay at 800.955.8771 or visit www.jtafla.com.
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is an independent agency of the State of Florida governed by a seven-member board of directors and led by CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. JTA operates Jacksonville’s public bus service, St. Johns River Ferry service, a downtown automated Skyway and paratransit service. The Authority also plans, designs and builds roads and bridges under the JTAMobilityWorks program.
Contact: Lanesha Gipson at 214-849-7846