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Skyway could expand to Riverside

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Updated: 5/16/2013 7:49 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- The Skyway is moving on up, or in this case, moving over. If everything falls into place, the downtown transit rail will extend into Riverside. 

"It's really a cost-effective way for us to add a destination to the Skyway where we see a lot of development happening or in the works," Brad Thoburn said.

The Skyway saw record usage during the One Spark Festival.

Leaders believe events like that and projects like 220 Riverside will take the system to the next level. It will cost millions to add the new stop, but some existing rail on Riverside Avenue could help JTA cut down the bill.

"We know it's going to be in the ballpark of $10 million. It's funding that's provided through the Tiger program, which is a federal grant," Thoburn continued.

Riverside is home to a number of insurance companies and businesses, which is why Tanya Cummings is all for the expansion.

"It helps us be able to keep our parking spaces and take us to more places it takes us now. It saves that gas money. It's an awesome idea. I think JTA should do it," she said.

This isn't the only project JTA has in the works. It's also taking part in a $550,000 study that will give them the most rigorous look at the system since the 1980s.
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