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Skyway to carry one millionth rider

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Updated: 11/22/2013 6:25 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Melvina Kirkland is one of the thousands who ride the Skyway every week through downtown Jacksonville.

"It takes you places and you don't have to take the bus," said Kirkland.

Rider Chris Mims agrees, and says it also pays to ride because you don't have to spend your own money on gas.

"It's convenient basically for anybody," said Mims.

JTA is expecting to celebrate its one millionth rider Friday.

The Skyway took its first passenger in 1989.

Over the years, it got longer, adding three more phases to bring it to 2 and half miles long.

But JTA says with more passengers every year, they have an even larger goal for the future.

"We would like to expand the skyway. We know there are some areas such as Riverside Avenue where there is a demand and if we could expand it would help those areas," said JTA Vice President of Operations Lisa Darnall.

JTA was turned down for a $10 million grant to help fund that new portion.

It is now looking for other funding to push forward on the expansion plan.

Right now, the Skyway does not make a profit.
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Papakilo - 11/22/2013 11:21 PM
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Sounds like another effort to promote another pail with a hole in the bottom. Jacksonville's own 'White Elephant'. Like the 'Mayport Ferry' just another project which wastes taxpayers money and brings in no revenue. This city needs maintenance, cleaning and easement work, clearing and deepening. When asked, the city's response is 'we don't have the money in the budget'. They found millions for the stadium, which also absorbs our taxes without providing any property tax relief. I would suggest the city start being responsible to accomplish all the city maintenance projects, any and all other investment funding skyway, stadium, ferry, etc. be require to provide a percentage to relieve our property tax burden, or NOT FUND IT. No revenue, no funding. We elected leaders to LEAD the city, to provide safety services, and accomplish all maintenance problems, before squandering on pet projects and trips. Perhaps the city elected positions and all administrators need a 20-30% cut in pay and benefits...retirement included? Food for thought, for the next election?

OCKLAWAHA - 11/22/2013 7:09 PM
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"Right now, the Skyway does not make a profit." The street in front of your house doesn't either Deanna. While I certainly understand the 'fact,' to isolate mass transit and hold it to a higher standard then we do for highways. I'm sure there is a big investigative story in this somewhere, the revelation that roads 'Don't Make Money!' Be glad to chat transit and the 34 year old Jacksonville Streetcar Plan with you anytime, just give me a call. Robert Mann, co-publisher
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