First Coast Flyer
Overview
SystemJacksonville Transportation Authority
StatusOperating
Began serviceDecember 7, 2015[1]
Routes
Routes3
LocaleJacksonville, Florida
Length44 mi (71 km)
Stations37 (as of February 2020)

The First Coast Flyer is a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Jacksonville, Florida. It is operated by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA). The first phase, including stations in Downtown Jacksonville and the northbound Green Line, opened in December 2015, with the southbound Blue Line opening under the second phase about a year after the first phase. Additional phases are scheduled to be complete by 2019.

History and planning

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority began studying building a rapid transit system for Jacksonville in 2000, and identified bus rapid transit as the best fit for some corridors.[2] The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization added the BRT system to the city's long-range plan.[3] After years of planning, the system, named the First Coast Flyer, broke ground in 2014 with transit improvements in Downtown Jacksonville.[4] The system opened on December 7, 2015, with service Downtown and on the Green Line, running north to Interstate 295.[5] About a year after the system opened, the Blue Line opened for service, running south to The Avenues at the intersection of U.S. 1 (Philips Highway) and Southside Boulevard near Interstate 95.

Routes

Currently, the First Coast Flyer serves stations in Downtown Jacksonville and along the Green and Blue Lines.[6]

Downtown service runs on Northbound and Southbound routes, and features twelve stations and dedicated lanes for its buses.[7] Downtown service will ultimately run from the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center (planned for the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center), north to the Rosa Parks Transit Station, and south to a station at Kings Avenue on the Southbank.

Green Line

The North Corridor/Green Line Route 102 runs 9.39 miles north through the Springfield and Northside areas. It runs from the Rosa Parks Transit Station to Interstate 295 on Lem Turner Road. It serves 11 stations.[8]

Blue Line

The Southeast Corridor/Blue Line Route 107 runs south through the LaVilla, Southbank, San Marco, and Southside areas. It runs from the Rosa Parks Transit Station to The Avenues at the intersection of U.S. 1 (Philips Highway) and Southside Boulevard near Interstate 95. It serves 12 stations.[9]

Red Line

The Southeast Corridor/Red Line Route 109 runs east from Downtown to Jacksonville Beach along Arlington Expressway, Southside Boulevard and Beach Boulevard.[10]

Future expansion

The Southwest Corridor (Orange Line) is under development. It is planned to run south from the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center through Riverside and Avondale to Orange Park along Blanding Boulevard.[11]

References

  1. ^ "First Coast Flyer". Jacksonville Transportation Authority. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  2. ^ Geddes, Ryan (December 16, 2003). "JTA takes bus tour". Jacksonville Business Journal. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  3. ^ Szakonyi, Mark (November 9, 2009). "TPO plan includes $777 million in bus, commuter rail and more". Jacksonville Business Journal. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  4. ^ Werley, Jensen (November 14, 2014). "First Coast Flyer critical step to revamping city public transit". Jacksonville Business Journal. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  5. ^ "JTA Ready to Launch First Coast Flyer December 7th". Metro Jacksonville. November 26, 2015. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  6. ^ Davis, Ennis (June 26, 2015). "Jax's Rapid Transit System Taking Shape". Metro Jacksonville. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  7. ^ "Downtown Enhancements". fcf.jtafla.com. Jacksonville Transportation Authority. 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "North Corridor/Green Line Route 102". fcf.jtafla.com. Jacksonville Transportation Authority. 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  9. ^ "Southeast Corridor/Blue Line". fcf.jtafla.com. Jacksonville Transportation Authority. 2017. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  10. ^ "EastCorridor". fcf.jtafla.com. Jacksonville Transportation Authority. 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  11. ^ "Phases". fcf.jtafla.com. Jacksonville Transportation Authority. 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016.