St. Johns River Ferry again in service; fares waived for 1 week

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Transportation Authority introduced Friday that the refurbished St. Johns River Ferry handed its U.S. Coast Guard inspection and sea trials and has returned to service.

As a bonus to commuters inconvenienced in the course of the two months it was out of service, the JTA has waived the fare for all crossing via subsequent Friday, April 9.

In January, the JTA started upgrades to the Jean Ribault ferry and the services, together with pavement rehabilitation and markings, varied People with Disabilities Act enhancements, new bulkheads and mooring bollards, catwalk entry enhancements, accent and utility constructing enhancements, development of latest public restroom services on the Mayport touchdown, together with landscaping and lighting enhancements on all sides of the ferry.

The estimated prices of the haul-out and refreshing of the ferry was $2.6 million and the estimated value of the Part IV enchancment challenge is $6.6 million.

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The U.S. Division of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration awarded a $5.2 million grant to the challenge via the FTA’s Passenger Ferry Grant Program to proceed enhancements and upgrades to the ferry. That’s along with the $three.9 million FTA Passenger Ferry Grant awarded to the JTA in August 2019.

That is the newest spherical of upgrades spearheaded by the JTA because it assumed operations in 2016. The JTA accomplished Part III in January 2019, which included upgrades to the vessel, in addition to operational and different security enhancements like rehabilitated bulkheads, new terminal bridges and stopping mechanisms.

The Jean Ribault is a automobile and passenger ferry inbuilt 1995 that connects the north and south ends of Florida State Street A1A, linking historic Mayport Village and Fort George Island by way of a zero.9-mile voyage throughout the St. Johns River, 2.5 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean.

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The ferry is as soon as once more open Monday-Friday, starting in Mayport Village at 6 a.m. and Fort George Island at 6:15 a.m. Service continues with departures on each hour and half-hour via 7 p.m. Service on Saturday and Sunday is from 7 a.m.-Eight:30 p.m.

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Tickets may be bought in particular person, on-line or via the free MyJTA app, out there for iOS and Android sensible cell gadgets. For extra info, go to ferry.jtafla.com.

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