JEA and JTA discuss the electrification of the Jacksonville bus fleet

The Jacksonville municipal utility and its transportation agency are in talks that could lead to the electrification of the city’s entire bus fleet.

JTA CEO Nat Ford told members of the Green Chamber of Commerce in North Florida on Monday afternoon.

“I met with the new CEO of the JEA. That would be a perfect partnership between the two organizations where they actually help us with the infrastructure of our facilities – the charging stations, things like that, ”he said. “We as the JTA would commit ourselves to buying electricity from them in the next 20 to 30 years.”

Two electric buses are already in operation in Jacksonville, and JTA plans to replace and expand the Skyway monorail system with autonomous electric vehicles that will travel to street level and return on elevated ramps – a project called the Ultimate Urban Circulator (U2C).

JTA also recently hired a chief sustainability officer, and Ford said the agency is in the process of developing formal emissions reduction targets.

Brendan Rivers can be reached at [email protected], 904-358-6396 or on Twitter at @BrendanRivers.

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