Jacksonville looking to invest in transit, better resident’s commute

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The City of Jacksonville is looking to invest in transit and, in turn, better your commute.

WNCT Jacqueline Matter reports on the new plans they hope to bring to the growing city.

Jacksonville Transit and Amtrak riders, members of the military community, and students at the local community college may have an easier commute thanks to a plan for a park and ride service for the city.

The City of Jacksonville and Jacksonville Transit hopes the park and ride will provide a way for you to travel easier throughout the city.

Transit Director Anythony Prinz says he feels the time is right for this to come to Jacksonville, since large strides have been made in all other aspects of transit over the past couple of years.

The lot will be designed to serve the Marine Corps base, Coastal Carolina Community College, and residents who share rides along U.S. 17 and N.C. 53.

“We have folks who commute from Jacksonville to Wilmington, Jacksonville to New Bern, and a lot of these folks actually car pool to save on money,” said Anthony Prinz, City of Jacksonville Transportation Director. “So this is a location where those folks can rendezvous, hop in their car and then take off to their ultimate destination.”

City officials also hope the lot will serve in other ways, such as parking for large events and folks travelling from far distances.

The plans for the park and ride are still in the beginning stages, but city officials are asking the public’s help to choose a location and are asking you to come out to City Hall Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6.

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