“Public transportation provides an affordable and reliable mobility option that connects people to jobs, education, healthcare, entertainment and more,” said JTA Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “JTA is pleased to partner with Nassau County Council on Aging and NassauTRANSIT in offering Nassau County residents a new direct and convenient mobility option that provides more access to downtown and the Nassau community.”
Early plans include two morning and three evening trips. Details are still being worked out, however when launched, this service will be life changing for many Nassau County residents. While the NCCOA currently offers transportation services from Nassau County to Duval County, there are no direct routes into downtown Jacksonville. Instead, residents are driven to JTA connection stations and have to board a second bus to reach their desired destination.
NCCOA President and CEO, Janice Ancrum, stated, "We are excited about offering another public transportation option to all residents in Nassau County. JTA has the expertise and resources to leverage NassauTRANSIT's mobility services within and across our County".
NCCOA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of older adults through services and compassionate care designed to improve the health, independence, and economic security of Nassau County seniors and their families. They are currently the only source of public transportation in Nassau County, operating a fleet of 25 modern, wheelchair-accessible buses and vans. The organization operates through funding of Federal grants, fundraising events, and donations from residents, businesses, and various foundations, including annual funding from the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners. The NCCOA has applied for grant funding through the Florida Department of Transportation and will contract with the JTA to provide the new direct transportation service to Jacksonville for an initial three-year period. The NCCOA has been notified that if the program is successful, they can apply for additional funding for an additional period.
For additional information, please contact the NCCOA at (904) 261-0701 or visit their website.
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