Jacksonville (Flagler to duPont Place)

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ASE Extension Flagler to duPont Place

Jacksonville, Florida

(November 1996)

Description The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is developing a 0.3 mile extension of the Automated Skyway Express (ASE) south of downtown Jacksonville. The extension consists of an elevated, double track guideway running from the Flagler Station through the South Bank business district to the duPont Station (formerly St. Johns Place). This final segment will complete the 2.5 mile ASE system.

JTA estimates that 38,000 riders will use the 2.5-mile ASE system in 2005, depending on development and parking assumptions.

Status A 0.7-mile Phase 1-A segment or "starter line" opened for revenue service in June 1989. The line currently averages about 1,600 riders per day.

Section 3035(vv) of ISTEA directed FTA to enter into a multiyear grant agreement for $71.2 million to complete the 2.5-mile ASE system. In September 1991, at Congressional direction, FTA and JTA entered into a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) for a 0.6-mile north extension of the starter line to Florida Community College. Construction is complete and awaiting vehicle delivery.

In 1994, JTA and FTA amended the 1991 FFGA to extend the system to the San Marco Station on the south bank of the St. Johns River. The 1994 FFGA provides a Federal commitment of $43.86 million in Section 5309 New Start funds towards 2.2 miles of the ASE system. The FFGA commitment was completed in 1994. In FY 1996 and FY 1997, Congress appropriated an additional $9.6 million and $14.9 million, respectively. FTA is negotiating with JTA to amend the FFGA to incorporate these funds and revise the scope.

The 0.3 mile south extension covered in this profile, which is in final design, would be incorporated into an amended FFGA and would complete the 2.5 mile ASE system. The 0.3-mile extension is estimated to cost $31.4 million (escalated dollars) with the $24.5 million in Section 5309 New Start funds already appropriated providing the Federal share.

Source of Funds

Total Funding ($million)
Section 5309 New Start FFGA Amount $43.86 (An additional $24.5 million appropriated through FY 1997)*
Local: Right of Way 64.64
TOTAL $108.50

* The additional funds ($24.5 million) appropriated would be added to an amended FFGA to complete the project.