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JTA's Ford Named Champion of Change

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., chief executive officer, Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority (JTA), was honored Oct. 13 honored as one of 11 White House Transportation Champions of Change—and the only one representing ­public transportation.

The White House is honoring Ford for his leadership in overhauling JTA’s public transportation system by implementing the Route Optimization Initiative, which has increased ridership, decreased travel times and made safety upgrades to buses and stations. His efforts have transformed JTA into a more reliable, efficient and safer system for the people of Jacksonville.

“Public transportation is essential to the quality of life,” Ford said. “I am honored and grateful to be recognized as a White House Champion of Change for the implementation of ROI. This award belongs to the entire JTA team of professionals that I have the honor of working with. I want to thank the JTA Board of Directors, our staff and our customers.”

President Barack Obama created the Champions of Change program, part of his Winning the Future Initiative, as an opportunity to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities in a broad range of fields.

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., left, shakes hands with DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx during ceremonies honoring him as a White House Champion of Change.

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