In January 2017, JTA unveiled a vision for the future of the Skyway that seeks to modernize and expand it by converting the automated people mover to an autonomous transportation network. Named the Ultimate Urban Circulator, or U2C, it is not just an exciting new program but an Authority-wide initiative allowing JTA to reimagine the future of public transportation.
The U2C expands the existing automated people mover system, elevated above the downtown street network, into an urban circulator system with transitions to the street level, reaching more destinations than it does today.
The preferred technological solution will be the deployment of next-generation autonomous vehicles (AVs). Not only will AVs satisfy all of the program requirements, but they will also be the most cost-effective approach for new service extensions and are rapidly evolving in their capabilities.
JTA continues to advance the design of the Bay Street Innovation Corridor. The federally funded project will be the initial phase of the U²C program and will introduce autonomous vehicles along a key transportation corridor in Downtown Jacksonville.
The second iteration of the Transit Concepts and Alternatives Review (TCAR) planning exercise is underway. The study will identify alternatives for each of the proposed Skyway corridor extensions including:
The project will include extensive outreach in the form of public meetings and events, as well as online public engagement through an interactive survey tool. To share feedback on the extensions and destinations with each corridor, please participate in our online survey.
In December 2017, JTA launched the U²C AV Test and Learn track which serves as an outdoor classroom to test and evaluate multiple vehicles and their associated technologies from the AV shuttle industry.
The Test and Learn track is a vital component to the development of the U²C program and creating an autonomous transportation network. It will enable JTA to gain critical information for the development of the U²C program and other future applications of autonomous transit vehicles as part of its overall public transportation system.
In December 2018, JTA unveiled the NAVYA AV for new vehicle testing. The NAVYA AV is currently available for the general public to ride and provide feedback during events. Contact us to learn more or inquire about scheduling a demonstration.