At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., announced that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)

The funds come from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability & Equity (RAISE) Grant program.

“The funding will expand the area served by the existing 2.5-mile Skyway Automated People Mover through the use of fully electric autonomous vehicles operating along specific corridors in both dedicated facilities and mixed traffic. This project will include four new routes – adding 7.5 miles to the system,” Lawson’s office noted. “The first expansion (Bay Street Innovation Corridor) is currently under construction, while this grant will fund pre-construction activities for 7.5 additional expansion miles consisting of North Extension (UF Health) Corridor, West Extension (Riverside) Corridor, South Extension (Medical Complex) Corridor, and Southeast Extension (San Marco) Corridor.”

“These funds from the Department of Transportation will allow the City of Jacksonville the opportunity to further modernize and allow accessibility to all of its residents,” Lawson said on Friday. “This will serve to connect the community of Jacksonville and stimulate our vibrant economy.”

First elected to Congress in 2016 after spending almost three decades in the Florida Legislature, Lawson represents all of Baker, Gadsden, Hamilton and Madison Counties and parts of Columbia, Duval, Jefferson and Leon Counties.

Kevin Derby
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