The JTA Skyway has been one of the biggest points of contention in Jacksonville. First opened in 1989, with a final extension in 2000, it has won awards for its design and is regarded as state-of-the-art. Critics refer to it as the “$200 million ride to nowhere”.
The 2.5 mile elevated monorail is one of the nation’s 3 downtown fully automated people moving systems; the other 2 systems are in Miami and Detroit. Terminals are located at Kings Avenue on the Southside, the Convention Center on the West, and Florida State College of Jacksonville to the North. Each train can have 2 – 6 cars and travels up to 35 miles per hour.
Have you ever ridden the Skyway? It is now FREE! Just park your car near a station, hop on and ride!
My conclusion after a first trip: If there were ever a commuter transit system to Union Station, then the Skyway Express could serve as a link for people traveling downtown. For today, it was a pleasant ride to nowhere with an opportunity to see Hemming Park from above.