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Bike/Ped Advocates Desire Change For Jax's Future
« on: September 15, 2014, 03:00:02 AM »
Bike/Ped Advocates Desire Change For Jax's Future



The deadline for providing final comments and suggestions for roadway, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit projects that will be built in Northeast Florida, over the next 30 years, is quickly approaching. Unfortunately, there's a growing fear that bicycle and pedestrian projects may once again end up getting the short end of the stick. For those who desire safe connected sidewalks, cycle tracks, shared use paths, and other bicycle and pedestrian enhancements along our deadly roadways, the opportunity to tilt mobility decisions in your favor presents itself in the form of Path Forward 2040 public meetings scheduled this week.

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Re: Bike/Ped Advocates Desire Change For Jax's Future
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2014, 07:34:39 AM »
2040 Draft Plan for BRT, Commuter Rail, Skyway, and Streetcar expansion.

It looks like BRT is proposed for Park Street through Brooklyn, Five Points, and Riverside/Avondale.



A public meeting will be held on the plan showing this project and more, today from 5-7pm at the Main Library.
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Re: Bike/Ped Advocates Desire Change For Jax's Future
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2014, 01:09:50 PM »
Seems kind of foolish to me, instead of taking 17 to 10 to Forsyth, they will add another 15-20 minutes onto the ride by going through Avondale/Riverside/Brooklyn? Kind of defeating the purpose. Also, how "experimental" are these maps, because it is definitely useless to run BRT all the way out to Middleburg. Anything further than OP Mall on Blanding is wasteful in my opinion.  I mean right now the express bus comes all the way down to Doctors Inlet at 220 and though ridership is growing, (avg 5 or 6 cars in the park and ride instead of none to 2 that were there in the beginning), it still must be a money loser. Shorten up those BRT lines, run a streetcar down Park from JRTC to FCCJ-Kent and all those wishing to go that way can connect there, while those heading downtown or to points east can move on with some speed.
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Re: Bike/Ped Advocates Desire Change For Jax's Future
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2014, 02:31:00 PM »
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Seems kind of foolish to me, instead of taking 17 to 10 to Forsyth, they will add another 15-20 minutes onto the ride by going through Avondale/Riverside/Brooklyn?

They most likely need riders from denser neighborhoods to make their ridership numbers better in order to win funding.  The map also shows a JTA accessibility and mobility improvement project for Park Street. Perhaps, they are willing to pay for the complete retrofit of Park Street, if allowed to operate BRT on it? On the other hand, no real need to add a streetcar to Brooklyn or Riverside if you're running BRT two blocks away from the corridor.  Take that fixed transit money to another neighborhood like Springfield instead of investing in duplication.
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