Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Camden Wants in on Jacksonville Rail Study; Commuter Service a Possibility

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Camden Wants in on Jacksonville Rail Study; Commuter Service a Possibility

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Byline: GORDON JACKSON

KINGSLAND - Commuters making the daily drive from Camden County to Jacksonville may get off the highway in coming years.

Bob Noble, director of the Camden County Joint Development Authority, said Friday he wants Camden County to be included in a study of the viability of commuter rail service in North Florida. Noble said he will meet with officials in Nassau County next week to solicit their support.

The study is being conducted on behalf of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and is expected to be completed early next year. Areas included in the study are Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Green Cove Springs and Yulee, the Times-Union reported in June.

While Nassau County officials aren't the ones making the decision about the potential rail service, Noble said his goal is to "lay the groundwork" in getting Camden included in the study. The county's proximity to a proposed stop in Yulee could help Nassau County's efforts to be included in the rail service, he said.

Noble estimates nearly 6,000 Camden County residents work in surrounding counties, with many driving to Jacksonville each day.

"I think the price of gas is the main justification for it," he said. "I'm trying to see how we can be included."

When asked what it would take to include Camden County in the study, JTA spokesman Mike Miller referred questions to the organization's regional transportation planner, James Boyle. …

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