FASTLANE

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority in partnership with The Florida Department, District II submitted a FASTLANE grant application on April 13, 2016 for the North Florida Freight Rail Enhancement Program (NFFR Enhancement Program), which is a multi-phased freight improvement plan to enhance Jacksonville’s standing as “America’s Logistics Center”. Specifically, the grant addresses Phase II of the NFFR Enhancement Program which is the FEC Signal Modernization and Interchange Upgrade.

Application NarrativeProject Location Map | Letters of Support | Cost Benefit Analysis | Straight Line Diagram | STIP Letter for Phase II | Federal Wage and Certification Document | Photographs

The FASTLANE grant program is offered by U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and provides funding for projects of national or regional significance that address major issues facing our nation’s highways and bridges. FASTLANE grants are intended to address the many challenges identified in the USDOT report Beyond Traffic, including increased congestion on the nation’s highways and the need for a strong multimodal transportation system to support the expected growth in freight movement both by ton and value.  It is also aligned with the USDOT draft National Freight Strategic Plan released in October 2015, which looks at challenges and identifies strategies to address impediments to the efficient flow of goods throughout the nation.

FASTLANE grants, authorized by the FAST Act’s Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects (NSFHP) program, will fund small and large projects, based on project size, that meet statutory requirements. The FEC Signal Modernization and Interchange Upgrade (FASTLANE) is the Phase II component of the North Florida Freight Rail Enhancement Program (NFFR Enhancement Program), which is a multi-phased freight improvement plan to enhance Jacksonville’s standing as “America’s Logistics Center”. Source: https://www.transportation.gov/FASTLANEgrants

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Planning Documents

a. Rail System Plan - 2010 Investment Element - Adopted December 2010

b. FDOT: Freight Mobility & Trade Plan-Investment Element Chapter 5: Florida Freight Project Needs September 2014: Beaver St. Interlocking Project ID #1084, Page 5-46

c. Path Forward 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan: Table 4-11. Freight and Intermodal Needs: Pg. 4-62

d. North Florida Freight, Logistics and Intermodal Framework Plan

e. FONSI (Jan 2009)/Environmental Assessment Jacksonville Transportation Center (2007)