The St. Johns River Ferry is expanding its hours in response to growing demand.
The popular ferry, which transports people between Mayport Village and Fort George Island, will run from 6 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. That’s two hours longer during the week and one hour on weekends. The new schedule started Wednesday.
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority said it has seen higher ridership across many of its services.
Fixed route ridership, which includes the First Coast Flyer Bus Rapid Transit service, has increased
12.6% annually, JTA said. ReadiRide, the on-call transportation service that operates in 14 Jacksonville neighborhoods, has increased 21% this year with significant use by senior citizens and those commuting to and from work. The Connexion and Connexion Plus paratransit services also increased ridership by 20%.
JTA attributed the growth to greater awareness of the services.
“There is no question that this has been a successful year for JTA,” said JTA CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “We strive to provide the Northeast Florida community with multimodal services for any of their needs, and our ridership increases across all service modes is a testament to our successes.”
JTA noted that the MyRide2School program provides free rides to Duval County Public School middle and high school students. Students can use the service any day of the week and have generated 33,202 trips last month.