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Balfour Beatty V2R Team Selected for Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s Bay Street Innovation Project

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Balfour Beatty Vision 2 Reality (V2R) Team has been selected to deliver the Bay Street Innovation Corridor (BSIC) project on behalf of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA). The JTA Board of Directors selected the Balfour Beatty V2R Team during a recent meeting, following the conclusion of a two-step procurement process to launch what will be Phase I of the JTA’s Ultimate Urban Circulator (U2C) autonomous vehicle service in Downtown Jacksonville.

The U2C is the JTA’s vision for the conversion and expansion of the Skyway automated people mover (APM) system in Downtown Jacksonville and the surrounding neighborhoods. The three-phase U2C includes the Bay Street Innovation Corridor, the full conversion of the Skyway superstructure, and the expansion into nearby neighborhoods. When completed, the system will expand the current Skyway from a 2.5-mile system to the 10-mile U2C, levering the latest autonomous vehicle technologies.

“We are honored to be selected by Jacksonville Transportation Authority to construct another successful project for the Jacksonville community,” said John Harris, Senior Vice President of Balfour Beatty’s Buildings operations in Florida. “To be a part of the Ultimate Urban Circulator program is an opportunity of a lifetime, and we look forward to remaining a Relentless Ally to our client, our partners, and the community as we work to provide an innovative and revolutionary transportation network for the future of Jacksonville.”

Balfour Beatty will leverage an integrated progressive design build method and partner with Superior Construction Company Southeast, Beep, Inc., WGI, Inc., Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., and Miller Electric to deliver the project.

Through this consortium, Balfour Beatty and its partners will oversee 60 percent design of the BSIC, a three-mile, at-grade service along Bay Street that will run from Hogan Street to the Sports & Entertainment District. The approximately $44-million project is fully funded and supported by local, in-kind, state, and federal funds including the $12.5-million BUILD grant awarded to the JTA in 2019.

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