RCC Consultants, Inc. has been selected by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) to recommend voice and data communications system options for its fixed and flexible route and future wide-area transportation services.
JTA currently utilizes the city of Jacksonville's First Coast Radio System (FCRS) to support its voice radio services. However, the radio system is being upgraded to a standards-based P25 trunked radio system, and JTA must determine what radio system technology and equipment best meets its current and future needs. Replacement of the voice radio equipment requires a significant investment by the authority, so they selected RCC to analyze the options and recommend solutions.
In addition to its fixed and flexible route services within Jacksonville, JTA provides a critical function in the area's Hurricane Preparedness Plan, providing emergency evacuation and patient transport services to the public and emergency response personnel in the event of an emergency.
The authority also plans to expand demand response services through the Northeast Florida Coordinated Mobility Plan, a regional cooperative partnership. This partnership will enhance access to transportation in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putman and St. Johns counties. This expansion of services requires improvements in the voice and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technologies such as mobile data and automatic vehicle location (AVL) systems the authority uses.
Through general contractor RS&H, RCC is working with the JTA to meet the local, emergency and widearea demands of its operations. RCC Consultants is ideally suited for this analysis given its expertise with public safety and transportation system communications systems and their operational requirements.