JTA cancels Riverside/Avondale Night Trolley

A year ago, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s board of directors agreed to give the Riverside Avondale Weekend Night Trolley a six-month extension, beginning Sept. 1, 2016. Eleven months later, the JTA has finally pulled the plug on the service which ran on the first Friday and Saturday of the month from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. At one time, the service ran every weekend.

A 2014 pilot program was deemed promising, but two years later the trip average was 150-200 when 500 trips were needed each weekend to continue the service. Recently ridership had fallen to 35 passengers for Friday and Saturday nights combined. July was the route’s final month. The route closure is expected to save JTA $17,000 annually.

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