Jacksonville's ASE Crosses the Riverby Joseph D. Abbas, ICF Kaiser Engineers, Inc, Jacksonville, United States,
Costande Yacoub, ICF Kaiser Engineers, Inc, Jacksonville, United States,
Abstract: After over three years of operation, the Jacksonville (Florida) Automated Skyway Express (Skyway) downtown people mover system is expanding. The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), commenced operations of the 0.7 mile (1.1 KM) three station Starter Line on May 30, 1989. The system presently has two vehicles and operates in shuttle mode between the three stations. This was the first leg of the planned Phase 1 system, which when complete will consist of 2.5 miles (4.0 KM) of double track and nine passenger stations. The remainder of the Phase 1 system will be completed in steps. The next step will be to expand the system to the north through the older historic part of downtown to the downtown campus of the Florida Community College at Jacksonville (FCCJ). The final expansion will cross the St. Johns River. This paper briefly describes the history of the ASE system, the plans for the future, and some of the unique features of the present expansion, and more specifically, the unique design challenge presented by crossing the St. Johns River for the next expansion.
Subject Headings: High-rise buildings | Business districts | People movers | System analysis | Automated transit systems | Automation | Vehicles | Colleges and universities | Passengers | North America | Florida | United States | Jacksonville
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