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Jacksonville Transportation Authority Awarded $1.5 Million for Transit-Oriented Development Planning

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (April 4, 2024) – The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) has been awarded a $1.5 million grant ($300,000 of which is the local match) through the Federal Transit Administration's FY 2023 Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning. 

The Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced $17.6 million in grants for 20 communities in 16 states to support transit-oriented development.  

TOD creates vibrant, well-rounded communities that blend housing, commerce, and services within walking distance of public transit. 

JTA’s TOD study will explore sustainable urban development in Northwest Jacksonville along JTA's Bus Rapid Transit service, the First Coast Flier Green Line corridor. With robust community input, it will focus on enhancing economic development opportunities and increasing transit ridership through TOD.  

"We are incredibly grateful for this grant, which will help us enhance the quality of life for our residents through improved mobility and access,” said JTA Board Chairwoman Debbie Buckland. “Through JTA’s TOD initiatives, we’re working hard to create a better, more livable city.” 

By identifying essential infrastructure needs, the study encourages private sector developers to secure investments for development.  

"This grant follows up on our recent award of $6 million in community project funding and proves the JTA's strength in competing for federal grants," said JTA CEO Nat Ford. " Transit-oriented development is our strategy to build more connected, live, work, and play communities for the citizens of Jacksonville. The best way to make this goal a reality is to take the initiative and make it easier for developers by providing them with a comprehensive plan.  

Since 2013, the JTA has been awarded $355 million in state and federal grants, which are being invested to improve mobility and vital infrastructure projects across Jacksonville. 

About the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) 

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is a state agency and an independent special district serving Jacksonville, Florida, and Northeast Florida with multi-modal responsibilities. The JTA provides varied mass public transit services and is a builder of roads, bridges, and other infrastructure to enhance mobility in Jacksonville. Public transportation services include BRT, regular bus, paratransit, the St. Johns River Ferry, Skyway APM, and other mobility and on-demand services. To learn more about our role in the Northeast Florida community, visit