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.  Man 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.

Current Transit Services 

Currently there is no single regional transit service operating in the six-county area.  The Jacksonville Transportation Authority provides transit services throughout Duval County.  Transit services outside of Duval County are a best-kept secret in the region.  Generally 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

The Baker County Council on Aging operates the Wildcat and Bobcat shuttles providing local transit service within Baker County, as well as transportation to Jacksonville and Lake City.  The Wildcat Shuttle connects with JTA at four stops in Riverside and downtown Jacksonville.

Clay County:  Clay Transit

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

Duval County:  Jacksonville Transportation Authority

JTA provides bus, bus rapid transit, shuttle, trolley, Skyway, ferry and paratransit services, and works with partner agencies to coordinate transit services to and from Duval County.

Nassau County:  Nassau Transit

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

Putnam County:  Ride Solution

The Ride Solution provides transit service to Satsuma, Welaka, Fruitland, Georgetown, Crescent City, Lake Como, Pomona Park, Interlachen, Palatka, San Mateo, Hollister and Francis in Putnam County.  They also offer service to St. augustine, Jacksonville and Gainesville destinations, including connections to local transit and intercity bus 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 service.

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