Designing a Regional Transportation Hub and Catalyst for Growth

June 27, 2016

Jacksonville Transportation Authority selects Michael Baker for Innovative Transportation Center

jaxis-2.JPGEarlier this year, Michael Baker International was selected by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority to design JAXIS, a state-of-the-art regional transportation center in the LaVilla area. The innovative project design represents a shared vision for a modern transit facility that sets the stage for future development in the area.

JAXIS-4.JPGThe $33-million combined mass transit hub will improve the flow of traffic for hundreds of thousands of travelers expected to pass by and through the new center each day. It will integrate multiple modes of transportation, including local and regional bus networks, taxis, rental car services and any future rail service. The urban plaza will also feature a large courtyard with mixed-use retail opportunity.

Components of Michael Baker’s progressive design includes:
  • -Widened sidewalks and new walking and bike paths linked to the existing roadway system to provide convenient access to the JAXIS building, surrounding neighborhoods and the historic convention center
  • -Skyway Terrace, a raised outdoor public space between the second floor of JAXIS and the existing elevated station, to provide a vibrant shared space where visitors can relax and enjoy views of the Jacksonville skyline. The Terrace is the future home for restaurants, outdoor seating, public art displays and a variety of community events and gatherings.
  • -Guided portals called gateway features to ease traffic congestion by smoothly transitioning a high volume of fast-moving vehicles into a network of neighborhood streets and transit drop-off points.
Michael Baker’s work on the project includes transit architecture, urban planning, construction administration, civil engineering and site design services. Construction of the facility is anticipated to begin in early 2017 and the project is expected to be completed by 2019. 

Click here for a video of the winning design for the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center.