Author Topic: Amtrak ready to spend - is Jacksonville listening?  (Read 10514 times)


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Re: Amtrak ready to spend - is Jacksonville listening?
« Reply #30 on: June 28, 2023, 04:07:08 PM »
There are a number of federal programs now that have begun or will soon begin awarding funds for rail and transit projects across the country. Just this week, the DOT announced $2.2 billion in RAISE grant awards for 162 projects. While other cities are using this funding for transformative street redesigns, rail expansion, BRT, grade separation, and transit hubs, JTA is currently spending their award (from when it was called BUILD) for the first phase of the U2C. St. Augustine, according to North Florida TPO Director Jeff Sheffield, is spending their RAISE grant on "smart city" technologies intended to support AVs. Says a lot about our region's priorities.

The DOT has also opened applications for the Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant program, with over $5.5 billion in funds available between three funding pools. Cities and states across the country are taking advantage of these programs now.

With new leadership in Jacksonville, we have a chance to set transportation priorities with proven technologies that actually support the ability to move our region instead of serving as a science project. There are so many programs out there, especially now from the infrastructure bill, to rethink mobility in (contiguous) America's largest city by land area.
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Re: Amtrak ready to spend - is Jacksonville listening?
« Reply #31 on: June 30, 2023, 11:47:21 AM »

Safe to say Nat Ford is earning his $458k salary + bonus. Think of all the successful projects under his 8+ year tenure. (/s)


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Re: Amtrak ready to spend - is Jacksonville listening?
« Reply #32 on: June 30, 2023, 12:48:01 PM »
^ Most underpaid:  School superintendent (who would want that job at any price in this state and city?) and City Council Auditor (only one keeping City officials half way honest).

Most overpaid: JTA CEO (see numerous Jaxson posts) and VP of Automation & Innovation (are you kidding me?!)