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New regional bus center coming to Jax

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Updated: 12/25/2009 4:28 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Transportation Authority wants to build a new regional hub for bus riders.

For the first time, we're seeing pictures of what it would look like and where it'd go. The plans is to build it around the convention center downtown. JTA wants to make it like a Grand Central Station for Jacksonville. Riders say it's a good idea. "I think it'd be a lot of help," said Joshua Grene.

There are new pictures of the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center. It's a 63 million dollar project and the first part of it was just approved by the Downtown Development Review Board.

The old center would still have buses running out of it, but not as many. The new center would better utilize the skyway system. It would put covered bus stops for passengers to wait under and put new technology to help passengers figure out where they're going. It'd also put more environmentally friendly buses in your neighborhood.

A spokesman for JTA says the funding for the project is coming from grants. They should know in the next week or so whether all of their funding is in place and then construction will start. Right now only phase one has been approved by the Downtown Development Review Board. That should be fully constructed by 2012.
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