WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a $16.6 million grant to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) for the First Coast Flyer Southwest Corridor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. The project will improve mobility, transit travel times, and service reliability, as well as support population and employment growth.
"This $16.6 million federal investment will provide residents of the Jacksonville region better access to jobs, educational opportunities, and other services," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
The First Coast Flyer Southwest Corridor BRT project is a 12.9-mile BRT line from the Convention Center in downtown Jacksonville, via Florida State College-Jacksonville (Kent Campus), to the Orange Park Mall in Clay County. The total project cost is $33.2 million with $16.6 million in funding requested through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.
"FTA is proud to join our partners in Florida to improve public transportation for the people of Jacksonville," said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. "The Southwest Corridor BRT project will provide fast and efficient service, improving mobility and access to a regional BRT network that carries thousands of riders every day."
Funding for the Southwest Corridor BRT project is provided through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program, which provides funding for major transit infrastructure projects nationwide. Projects accepted into the program must go through a multi-year, multi-step process according to requirements in law to be eligible for consideration to receive funds.
Since January 20, 2017, FTA has advanced funding for 25 new CIG projects throughout the nation totaling approximately $7.6 billion in funding commitments. With today’s funding announcement, this Administration has executed 22 CIG funding agreements totaling more than $4.55 billion in CIG funding.