Introducing Municipal Drive 3, a $14 Million Project to Improve Mobility & Public Safety
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and the Jacksonville Jaguars are teaming up to improve safety and mobility to the Downtown area. Approximately 1,000 parking spaces will be added for both public and private usage, in addition to a new light rail station along the Northeast Rail Line at the current platform location. The project also includes the extension of Jacksonville’s Trackless Trolley (Jaguar Line) to the Duval County Courthouse Station. The project is slated to take place over a year and will be completed in Spring 2017.
About the Expansion Project
The Municipal Drive 3 expansion project will create a new gateway at the Northwest end of Downtown Jacksonville by adding a stop along the existing Northeast Rail Line. It will replace the existing Duval County Courthouse Station, which is currently located on Union Street and Duval Street. Through the project, JTA and its partner have identified an opportunity to enhance mobility and safety in this part of Downtown Jacksonville while improving access to public transportation across Jacksonville.
About the Northeast Rail Line and Duval Street
New City Plan from Mayor Gets Approval From Commissioners
On May 12, 2016, Mayor Lenny Curry submitted a comprehensive, long-term plan for the city to grow Jacksonville’s population and improve quality of life. This included efforts to promote sustainability and green initiatives, boost tourism throughout the city and create an environment that makes it easier for people to live and work in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville City Council unanimously approved the plan at the beginning of their meeting on May 24, 2016. The plan is part of the city’s vision for infill development and increasing land and jobs.
Mayor Curry requested a public hearing be called for June 6, 2016 to present the plans that were approved by the Council. Those plans included:
The “Florida Times-Union” and other local media outlets covered the meeting at which Mayor Curry presented these ideas to citizens in attendance. The meeting was held at the Jacksonville Public Library at 6762 Roosevelt Blvd in Jacksonville, Florida, on June 6, 2016.
“The Florida Times-Union” ran an article about the meeting in which Jacksonville residents voiced their concerns about the plan.
A brief summary of Mayor Curry’s plan is as follows:
Mayor Curry presented the following goals that he believes will help to meet these objectives: