BRT North Corridor Project Moving ForwardFebruary 10, 2011 20 comments Print Article
With a public hearing approaching on February 15th, Metro Jacksonville takes a look at JTA's proposed BRT North Corridor Project.
The BRT North Corridor Project would bring a new, high-quality, high-capacity mode of public transportation to this area. BRT service would result in more frequent service, which would reduce travel delays, improve transit accessibility, and enhance the land use and transportation relationship, thereby attracting more choice riders.
Study alternatives examined the need for the following improvements at or near intersections (within a quarter-mile), including along the corridor, to enhance transit travel times: (1) re-designation of existing pavement currently striped for non-use as bus-only lanes; (2) provision of new stations and park-n-ride facilities; (3) creation of queue jump lanes at certain intersections; and (4) implementation of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components. The proposed action would include the following elements:
- 10 to 15 minute headways
- Dedicated bus-only lanes
- New low floor vehicles
- Substantial and branded transit stations or stops
- Transit signal priority
- Real-time travel information
These improvements would result in lower travel times, greater schedule reliability, easier transfers, shorter wait times, greater customer satisfaction, improved pedestrian features, and increased system operating efficiencies. The implementation of the BRT North Corridor Project would benefit 4,683 riders on existing transit routes.[/quote]
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The proposed BRT North Corridor Project would be a 9.28-mile alignment on existing surface streets and predominantly within existing right-of-way, connecting Downtown Jacksonville with Walmart at Lem Turner Road and Interstate 295. Of this length, 7.06 miles would be on mixed use lanes and 2.22 miles on exclusive bus-only lanes. A total of approximately 0.35 acres of right-of-way may be required in station areas where right-of-way is limited.
BRT North Corridor Public Hearing/Notice of Availability
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is conducting an Environmental Assessment for the BRT North Corridor project. This project will provide near-term improvements in transit service for the North Corridor beginning downtown at Broad and State streets, along Boulevard Street to the Gateway Shopping Center, along Golfair Boulevard and Norwood Avenue, and continue along Lem Turner Road to Armsdale Road near 1-295.
Tuesday, February 15
4:307 p.m. (Formal Presentation at 6 p.m.)
Gateway Mall indoor stage (near JTA's Gateway Transit Hub)
5258 Norwood Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32208
The purpose of the public hearing is to share project information and seek comments in a formal setting for the proposed North Corridor BRT Environmental Assessment. The Federal Transit Administration Region IV office has authorized the Notice of Availability of the North Corridor BRT Environmental Assessment for public review and comment. All interested parties are invited to review and comment on the Environmental Assessment.
The meeting will be an open house where citizens can review information and maps and provide input. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meetings and to discuss the study and ask questions of staff. A copy of the Environmental Assessment is available for review on JTA's Future Plans website and at the locations below:
Jacksonville Public Library
1755 Edgewood Ave. W.
Jacksonville, FL 32208
Tax Collector's Office
Gateway Shopping Center
910 W. 44th St.
Jacksonville, FL 32208
JTA Administration Building
100 N. Myrtle Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Anyone requiring special accommodations should contact Winova Hart-Mayer at (904) 630-3185 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday, February 7, 2011. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or familial status.
Article by Ennis Davis