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Re: Is U2C serious? Help me make it make sense....
« Reply #435 on: November 15, 2023, 01:52:54 PM »
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Bernard Schmidt resigns as JTA automation and innovation vice president
Schmidt’s responsibilities at JTA included supervising the authority’s Armsdale Test & Learn Facility, where the authority operates and tests prototype automated vehicles expected to replace the aging Downtown elevated Skyway monorail system.

He also was one of JTA’s lead executives to procure and coordinate design/build services for the U2C, which could be a $400 million project.

Schmidt’s $278,491 annual salary was the second-highest-paid employee at JTA next to Ford.

https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/news/2023/jul/12/bernard-schmidt-resigns-as-jta-automation-and-innovation-vice-president/

Update, since I don't think he's been mentioned anywhere since:

According to his LinkedIn, Bernard Schmidt has been a Vice President at NextEra Energy (FPL's parent company) since August 2023.
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Re: Is U2C serious? Help me make it make sense....
« Reply #436 on: November 15, 2023, 05:36:55 PM »
Good for him!
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Re: Is U2C serious? Help me make it make sense....
« Reply #437 on: April 18, 2024, 06:31:29 PM »
Just saw this on Facebook - JTA to hold 'conversations' on the U2C at the Main Library on Monday.
Curious schedule. If you work downtown you can either go on the way to, or from, work - perhaps arriving late or leaving early. If you don't work, or live, downtown, you get to fight rush-hour traffic to attend.



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Re: Is U2C serious? Help me make it make sense....
« Reply #438 on: April 18, 2024, 07:27:48 PM »
Oh, that reminds me: I’ve got something fun coming next week, stay tuned.
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Re: Is U2C serious? Help me make it make sense....
« Reply #439 on: April 24, 2024, 02:52:04 PM »
The fun’s here! I sat down with Well There’s Your Problem, a podcast about engineering disasters, for a 2.5 hour dive into the Ultimate Urban Circulator in all its glory (or madness). Watch on YouTube or listen wherever you get your podcasts.
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Re: Is U2C serious? Help me make it make sense....
« Reply #440 on: April 24, 2024, 03:15:45 PM »
I'll be happy to give this a listen later. Are you going to the JTA public presentation at the JRTC today? I want to go just to heckle the U2C but IDK if I'll be able to break away from work...

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Re: Is U2C serious? Help me make it make sense....
« Reply #441 on: April 24, 2024, 03:30:01 PM »
Afraid not, definitely curious if there will be any public pushback on the U2C today or at tomorrow’s board meeting.
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Re: Is U2C serious? Help me make it make sense....
« Reply #442 on: April 25, 2024, 07:24:22 PM »
Afraid not, definitely curious if there will be any public pushback on the U2C today or at tomorrow’s board meeting.

Any update on that?

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Re: Is U2C serious? Help me make it make sense....
« Reply #443 on: April 25, 2024, 07:38:25 PM »
Couldn’t attend the presentation yesterday but watched today’s board meeting. No public comments of substance, but I imagine that’s because folks with concerns are often working at 2:30pm on Thursday and not able to stand in JTA’s board room to express those concerns.

One bright spot is that they are finally proposing to restore the Flyer’s Green and Blue lines to their promised frequencies this fall:



But no, they remain resolute on the U2C. During Ford’s report to the board, he claimed that his peers in other cities are being asked by politicians what they are doing in “this new autonomous shuttle space,” and that JTA is “leading the pack.” I would note here that in the early 2010s, a number of medical science executives asked their employees why their companies were not doing what Theranos was. We know how that ended.

Ford also announced that a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Bay Street Innovation Corridor will be held on May 29th at the “Autonomous Innovation Center at LaVilla”. During updates on system development, SVP Greer Johnson Gillis reported that the first Ford van is being reconfigured by a contractor to add the sensors and cameras that will allow them to proclaim they have accomplished an autonomous vehicle. They have to date spent over $18 million on the Bay Street Innovation Corridor.
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Re: Is U2C serious? Help me make it make sense....
« Reply #444 on: April 25, 2024, 09:49:53 PM »
$18 million already? On what?!
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Re: Is U2C serious? Help me make it make sense....
« Reply #445 on: April 25, 2024, 10:47:46 PM »
Innovation?  ;D

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« Reply #446 on: May 02, 2024, 06:23:22 PM »
JTA is having another "Project Update" for the U2C.
Two sessions on Monday, May 13, in the Conference Center at the Main Library downtown. Each lasts 2 hours, one at 7:30 AM and the other at 4:00 PM.

From the image in their FB post
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"Join the JTA and our U2C partners for a drop-in style, informational session on upcoming work activities."



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Re: Is U2C serious? Help me make it make sense....
« Reply #447 on: May 03, 2024, 09:25:14 AM »
$18 million already? On what?!

Filling potholes with dollars...
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Re: Is U2C serious? Help me make it make sense....
« Reply #448 on: May 03, 2024, 10:13:44 AM »
I'm glad to see the Facebook comments are all lambasting this massive waste of money. I try my best to post a negative comment when they tweet about this stupid project.

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Re: Is U2C serious? Help me make it make sense....
« Reply #449 on: May 03, 2024, 12:04:06 PM »
The Facebook comments are hilarious. Thanks for the entertainment.
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