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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

Lawson, Rutherford Announce $1M Federal Grant to JTA to Purchase New Zero-Emission Buses

September 21, 2017
Press Release

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Reps. Al Lawson (D-FL) and John Rutherford (R-FL) announced a new $1 million grant to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)  from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to purchase new Low or No (Low-No) emission buses.


The new buses will help JTA provide better services to Jacksonville residents, and help to better protect our environment by adding zero-emission buses to its growing fleet.  In June, both Lawson and Rutherford wrote FTA in support of JTA’s grant application.

 This is great news for the City of Jacksonville, and its residents. I commend JTA for their commitment to expand its fleet of alternative-fueled vehicles.  In the long run, this will help to increase fuel standards for the City and improve the air quality for our city’s residents. I am proud to have supported this funding and look forward to working with JTA on ways to further expand Jacksonville’s clean energy initiative,” said Rep. Lawson.

I welcome the news of JTA’s federal grant award and the investment in new efficient buses to enhance accessibility for Northeast Floridians. This federal investment will not only strengthen our world-class transit system but also improve air quality and lower fuel costs. I commend JTA for its commitment to serving the citizens of Northeast Florida and look forward to seeing their new battery electric buses on the road,” said Rep. Rutherford.

“JTA is committed to capturing the promise of new and emerging technology that enhances the performance and sustainability of our fleet,” JTA CEO, Nathaniel Ford stated.

JTA was one of fifty-one projects in 39 states to receive a portion of the award from FTA this year. JTA plans to use the buses on a new route, from the Armsdale Park-n-Ride to the new Amazon Distribution Facility, which is expected to employ more than 3,000 residents of Northeast Florida. The route will also connect with the First Coast Flyer Bus Rapid Transit North, which serves an economically challenged area of Jacksonville.