Riverside/Avondale Trolley weekend service nearly double that of Downtown trial

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) provided 640 trips on the Downtown Night Trolley during the two-night trial on August 1 and 2. The Downtown Trolley connected with the Riverside-Avondale Trolley from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, where ridership was 1,123, averaging 70 passengers per hour.

According to Leigh Ann Rassler, JTA public relations manager, “We had 270 passenger trips on Friday night and 370 passenger trips on Saturday night for the Downtown Night Trolley. In addition, we had 415 passenger trips on Friday night and 708 passenger trips on Saturday night for the Riverside-Avondale Night Trolley.”

“Programs like the neighborhood trolleys support transportation in our communities and enhance the vitality of Jacksonville,” said JTA CEO Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.   “The ridership numbers are impressive.  The [Downtown] trolleys averaged 40 riders per hour.”

“Reconnecting downtown with our core neighborhoods through convenient and reliable transportation alternatives is important to downtown’s economic vitality,” said Mike Field with Transform Jax.  “The trolleys were filled to capacity all weekend, proving that people will choose to use transit if it fits the needs of their lifestyles. People riding the trolley were even playing fun games like trolley bingo and hide and seek using geotagging from their smartphones.”

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