JTA Named 2016 Outstanding Public Transportation System

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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is the recipient of the 2016 “Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award” from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). JTA is an independent agency of the State of Florida governed by a seven-member board of directors. JTA operates Jacksonville’s public bus service, ferry service, downtown automated Skyway and paratransit service. The Authority also plans, designs and builds roads and bridges.

“It is great news that our transportation system is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award," said Mayor Lenny Curry. “This national recognition demonstrates the innovative and high-quality services JTA commits to citizens and business practices."

JTA will receive the Outstanding Public Transportation System Award during APTA’s Annual Meeting, which will be held September 11-14 in Los Angeles, California.

Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold said, “The Florida Department of Transportation has great appreciation for the excellent work of Florida’s transit agencies whose partnership is critical to the overall success of our transportation system. We congratulate Nat Ford and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority for this prestigious and well-deserved recognition.”

The award is considered the most distinguished of all honors to be given to a public transportation system at APTA’s national convention. It is bestowed on public transportation systems that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the last three years. There are three awards based on the size of the transit system. JTA won in the mid-size category, for systems providing more than 4 million but fewer than 20 million annual passenger trips.

JTA was judged on safety, operations, maintenance, access, customer service, financial management, sustainability, workforce development, attendance and employee costs, minority and women advancement, marketing, and community relations. JTA was also judged on quantitative measures including riders per hour and total passenger miles.

“This significant award is a testament to the hard work, enthusiasm and innovation of the Authority’s dedicated employees,” said JTA Board Chairman Scott L. McCaleb. “On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to extend my deepest congratulations to the entire JTA team led by CEO Nat Ford.”

From the onset, the JTA has played a pivotal role in Jacksonville’s growth and economic development by providing critical service to thousands of public transit dependent residents in Florida’s largest city by population. With a total of 874 square miles, Jacksonville has the distinction of being the largest city by land mass in the United States.

The JTA encompasses 850 employees, 200 buses and trolleys, 26 community shuttles, 97 paratransit vehicles, and an automated people-mover with an annual $230 million budget.

“This is a great honor and validates our journey to transform transportation in Jacksonville and deliver world class service to Northeast Florida,” said JTA Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “I am so proud of our staff who deliver exceptional customer service and are dedicated to fulfilling our mission to improve Northeast Florida’s economy, environment and quality of life by providing safe, reliable and efficient multimodal transportation services and facilities. The award also recognizes the leadership of our visionary Board of Directors and our amazing customers.”

APTA is the nation's leading force in advancing public transportation. APTA members are public entities providing bus, light rail, commuter rail, subway and waterborne passenger services, as well as high-speed rail and paratransit services.

“Congratulations to all the employees of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), the JTA board, and all the people of Jacksonville,” said APTA Chair Valarie J. McCall. “Working together creates success. Winning the prestigious Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award means that there is a great team in Jacksonville.”

“Jacksonville Transportation Authority will be recognized as the best mid-sized public transit system in North America at the APTA annual meeting in September,” said APTA Acting President & CEO Richard A. White. “Winning the top public transit system award is a high honor that reflects the good work done by the JTA employees.”

For additional information, please contact the JTA’s customer service line at (904) 630-3100; TDD (904) 630-3191 or visit www.jtafla.com.

source: Jacksonville Transportation Authority