Business Briefs 4/18/19

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Posted 4/18/19

DOT approves JTA funding for new bus service to Orange Park MallWASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Transportation has awarded the Jacksonville Transportation Authority $16.6 million in …

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Business Briefs 4/18/19

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DOT approves JTA funding for new bus service to Orange Park Mall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Transportation has awarded the Jacksonville Transportation Authority $16.6 million in additional federal funding for the First Coast Flyer Bus Rapid Transit project, Congressman John Rutherford (FL-4) said.

The new funding will support expansion of the FCF’s Southwest Corridor, known as the Purple Line. Rutherford, who is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, sits on the subcommittee that funds DOT and has used that position to strongly advocate for this project in Washington.

Included in the Purple Line are routes that include neighborhoods around the Orange Park Mall.

“The City of Jacksonville and JTA continue to attract significant federal investments, especially when compared to other peer cities,” Rutherford said. “As President [Donald] Trump and Secretary [Elaine] Chao continue to make infrastructure a national priority, I am committed to working with DOT and other agencies to keep Northeast Florida at the top of the list for federal investments. Our region’s growth as the logistics hub of the Eastern Seaboard is only possible when federal, state, and local leaders work together on a common vision of improved highways, bridges, ports, and transit access. I thank Secretary Chao for her leadership in bringing another $16.6 million to Jacksonville.”

“This grant announcement is significant for our region’s transportation infrastructure,” said JTA CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “It completes the funding needed for the fourth and last line of the First Coast Flyer Bus Rapid Transit system, which will provide premium public transportation between downtown Jacksonville at the new Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center and the commuter neighborhoods near Orange Park Mall. I would like to especially thank Congressman John Rutherford, Senator Marco Rubio, our entire congressional delegation, DOT, the Federal Transit Administration and the Florida Department of Transportation for their strong support on these community projects.”

The FCF Purple Line will include 24 Transit Signal Priority devices, construction of 22 platforms at 13 stations, and 15 buses. With a distance of 12.9 miles, the FCF Purple Line will provide service from the JRTC to the Orange Park Mall. On its way, it will have stops at Blanding Boulevard and at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Kent Campus. The FCF Purple Line is expected to launch service in December 2020. Once the FCF network is fully built, the JTA will have completed and be operating the largest Bus Rapid Transit Corridor in the southeast. At an overall cost of $137.6 million, the JTA has received grants totaling $88.6 million from DOT.

Time finally right for The Hall Closet

ORANGE PARK – Joyce Hall always has wanted to open her own consignment shop. After being a district manager with Avon and visiting numerous shops throughout her district, she had many ideas she would like to put into place. Even when writing down her business plan, time kept slipping away and just couldn’t come into existence. Then, with the closing of a consignment shop in her area, it began to take shape. She finally decided now was the time to Open The Hall Closet at 1871 Wells Rd., Orange Park.

What makes her shop unique is the size, the friendliness, the quality and the variety of the merchandise. It’s all about building community through connections and events held at the shop once a month. Starting with a painting class and next a tea party and future events. The customers and consignors want to be involved and enjoy the friendships being made.

Joyce is involved in local organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Pink Ribbon Symposium, the Orange Park Women’s Connection and her church, it has been made possible through all the support of these organizations and the help of great friends.

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