Jacksonville, Florida. The Jacksonville Transportation Authority plans to spend $ 1.2 million building a Skyway passenger terminal on the edge of the growing Brooklyn neighborhood. The first new Skyway station in 25 years is due to open by September.
The JTA placed the request earlier this month to build a light rail platform elevated on 0.11 acres on Layla Street, next to the Skyway maintenance facility near the old Florida Times-Union building facing the river on the Acosta Bridge. It will link with Skyway Central Station in West Bay and Lee Street in LaVilla, and continue to existing Downtown and San Marco stations.
Passenger parking will be provided at a JTA rooftop space located off Riverside Street. A fabric canopy will be installed over the passenger hold and boarding areas.
Two refurbished Skyway trains will be used for the station wrapped in the “Brooklyn Shuttle Theme,” according to the JTA project summary obtained Jacksonville Daily Record.
“All the development that’s going on there, FIS is building its new campus over there, you have a shopping mall located in that area and you have a number of apartment complexes there,” said JTA CEO Nat Ford on Wednesday. “There’s no better destination right now than the activity that’s happening in Brooklyn.”
Buses will be linked from Brooklyn Station to take people into the depths of Riverside.
Ford explained that while there are limitations to expanding the elevated routes of the Airway, this project and the future expansion of its footprints with autonomous vehicles at the Bay Street Innovation Corridor are coming. The ground vehicles will eventually connect to the TIAA Bank field.
“I’ve always said the Skyway was built long before its time. Ford (he) has not really reached its full potential. As a JTA, we have the ability and ability to realize its full potential.”
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