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Article By: Will Robinson


Nat Ford, CEO of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), notified the board Thursday of a grant application that would quicken freight trains traveling through San Marco, where trains have caused long delays, and help bring passenger rail service back to the downtown area.

The Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement grant is a joint effort by the City of Jacksonville, JTA and the Florida Department of Transportation with the support of Florida East Coast Railway and CSX. At an estimated cost of about $35 million, the project would update aging rail and signal infrastructures, which Ford said were to blame for slow freight train speeds through the area.

“The grant would provide the funding necessary to fix the train chokepoint problem in the San Marco area,” Ford told the board.