Regional Transit

For many residents in Northeast Florida, the daily commute is regional.

Transit is an important piece of the Regional Multimodal Transportation Plan. Many people in our region travel across county lines for work, school or shopping. In fact, about half of the employees in Baker, Clay and St. Johns counties work outside their home counties. Most of the job opportunities, medical services, higher education and technical schools are located in Duval County. Transit services are availabe within each county, but cross-county services are limited.

Action Plan

To enhance and integrate regional transit services, we’ve developed a Regional Transit Action Plan.  Many of the recommendations come from the Coordinated Mobility Plan developed previously in concert with transit providers across the region.  The Plan includes short-term, low-cost improvements in communication, coordination, training, grant writing, procurement and pricing across all transit providers in the region.  Mid-term projects include expanding technology and marketing to increase efficiency and awareness, shared vehicles and driver training, as well as new and more frequent services.

Regional Fare Study

One of the highest prority projects identified in the Regional Transit Action Plan is the implementation of a regional fare system. The first step is this implementation is the completion of a Regional Fare Best Practices and Feasibility Study (Fare Study). This study identifys opportunities to allow people to easily travel across county lines with a single payment transaction. It explores evolving technologies and lessons learned from transit agencies that have implemented new regional fare payment systems. It outlines the steps the Northeast Florida regional partners will take to implement a regional fare system.

Current Transit Services 

Transit services in the region outside of Duval County are widely unknown. Although most are operated by Councils on Aging, these services are not just for the elderly or transportation disadvantaged.  Public transportation for all riders – commuting to work, school, shopping or other destinations – is more widely available than imagined.   Fares start at around $1 per trip depending on the location.  You can learn more about these services below.

Baker County:  Baker County Council on Aging

Baker Transit is provided by the Baker County Council on Aging.  They operate two flex route services, Wildcat which travels between Macclenny and Jacksonville and Bobcat which travels between Macclenny and Lake City. These shuttles connect with JTA in Jacksonvillle and the Suwannee Valley Transit Authority (SVTA) in Lake City. 

Clay County:  Clay Transit

Operated by the Clay County Council on Aging, Clay Transit offers seven flex routes throughout Clay County and to NAS Jax and Gainesville.  They connect with JTA in Orange Park and in Gainesville with the RTS system.  Communities served within Clay County include Keystone Heights, Green Cove Springs, Middleburg and Orange Park. 

Duval County:  Jacksonville Transportation Authority

JTA provides bus, bus rapid transit (First Coast Flyer), trolley, automated fixed guideway (Skyway), river ferry, Stadium Shuttle and paratransit services. JTA also builds roads and bridges and works with partner agencies to coordinate transit services in the region.

Nassau County:  Nassau Transit

Operated by the Nassau County Council on Aging, Nassau Transit provides service from Fernandina Beach, Yulee, Hilliard and Callahan to River City Market Place and downtown Jacksonville where they connect with JTA by the Rosa Parks Station. 

Putnam County:  Ride Solution

The Ride Solution provides local flex route services with Putnam County and inter-city Greyhound service between Palatka and Jacksonville and between St Augustine and Gainesville. They also operate several van pool services.

St. Johns County:  Sunshine Bus

Operated by the St. Johns County Council on Aging, the Sunshine Bus is St. Johns County public transit system serving primarily the east and southwest portions of the county.  Areas served include Flagler Estates, Hastings, St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach and along the U.S. 1 corridor to the Avenues Mall where it connects with JTA.

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