Creating Regional Connections
Spring 2018
Greetings!

The Florida Legislature created the Northeast Florida Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) to represent Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St Johns Counties. Our focus is on strengthening regional partnerships to enhance mobility, connect our communities and improve overall quality of life in Northeast Florida.

New multi-modal options such as express bus routes and bike share programs coupled with improved connectivity (regional transfer hubs and coordinated schedules) will increase our ability to be economically competitive by enhancing access to jobs, medical facilities, education and recreational opportunities. The six counties represented by the RTC will immediately benefit from expanded transit services, regional park-and-ride facilities and new technologies that make it easier for people to travel around the region.

We hope you will enjoy our first regional newsletter. We invite you to get engaged and participate in future meetings, try a new transportation mode, and enjoy our region. Please watch for future editions of this newsletter to learn how you can continue to help make our region an even better place to live, work and play!

Sincerely,
Alan Mosley
RTC Executive Director
AMosley@nefrtc.com or (904) 446-7376
Northeast Florida Brings Home Roadeo Awards!
Congratulations to all participants in the Florida Bus and Paratransit Triple Crown Roadeo! This state-wide competition provides training and networking opportunities for all participants. A few Northeast Florida drivers and maintenance technicians brought home awards including:
  • Doug French, from Ride Solution (Putnam County), for winning the 2018 Highest Van Operator Test Score!

  • Sherman Polydore, from JTA for winning 1st Place overall Paratransit Maintenance Technician as well as the highest A/C Module score!

  • JTA Fixed Route Maintenance Team: Bill Lovelady, George McGarry and Rudy Wells for 2nd Place overall score as well as the the highest Cummins Engine Module score!

We are looking forward to next year when JTA will host the 2019 Florida Bus and Paratransit Triple Crown Roadeo!
Doug French
Upcoming Events
RTC meetings are open to the public and are typically held at 980 North Jefferson Street in Jacksonville. Meeting agendas and minutes are available at www.nefrtc.com or by contacting Alan Mosley at AMosley@nefrtc.com or (904) 306-7517.

The RTC Board meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m., except in November and December. The next meeting will be held on May 23.

The RTC's Regional Transit Coordinating Committee meets every third Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m., except in November and December. The next meeting is scheduled for May 16.

Persons requiring special accommodations because of a disability or physical impairments should contact the Executive Director at least two calendar days prior to the meeting. If you have a hearing or speech impairment and need assistance to communicate with the RTC, contact the Florida Relay Service at (800) 955-8770.
This statewide workshop offers excellent opportunities to discuss critical issues confronting Florida’s public transportation industry. Session topics include transit response to and communications during crisis events; mobile fare payments; maintenance standards; marketing strategies and more. Register to attend June 4 - 6 in Tampa.
News from the Region and Beyond
Omnibus Appropriations Bill Signed Into Law!
In March, the Senate passed H.R.1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018. The measure was signed later that day by President Trump, averting a government shutdown. 

A table identifying programs where significant funding changes were made under the FY 2018 omnibus appropriations bill can be on APTA's web site. For more details on what is included in the package, please view APTA's previous Legislative Alert​: Congress Introduces Omnibus Spending Package and FTA Partial-Year Apportions Released.
Your thoughts can help establish the State Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Air Resource Management is asking that you complete an online survey. The types of projects they are considering to fund include the repowering and/or replacement of: buses, ferries, tug boats, freight trucks airport ground service equipment, port cargo handing equipment and electric vehicle charging equipment.
The 18.5 mile Red Line will be the longest corridor in the network and nearly doubles the footprint of the existing First Coast Flyer system, connecting more people to jobs, education, healthcare, and entertainment.
Greyhound's move is part of JTA's Regional Transportation Center project. This project unites national, regional and local bus service with the Downtown Jacksonville Skyway system.
RTC Regional Plans
The RTC implements plans. Here are two that we are implementing now:
Regional Transit Action Plan

To enhance and integrate regional transit services, the RTC has developed a Regional Transit Action Plan. The Plan includes short-term, low-cost improvements and mid-term projects to expand regional coordination of services, technology and marketing to increase efficiency and awareness.
Regional Multimodal Transportation Plan (RMTP)
The RTC has identified projects from multiple local and regional studies and have combined these into this Regional Multimodal Transportation Plan. This Plan defines a strategy to fund and implement regional priority projects.
980 North Jefferson St, Jacksonville, FL 32209

904-306-7517

amosley@nefrtc.com