February 21, 2023

Season 2 Episode 3

Transit Planning


Tara Crawford

Next Stop, America’s Largest City, is an episode all about the happenings in transit, particularly in the largest geographic city in the nation. What is working, what is not, and how is the world of transit adapting to a post pandemic landscape? Tara Crawford answered those questions and much more in an episode that may have just helped us find our fourth commissioner!


Tara has over thirteen years of experience involving policy and legislative support, public involvement, stakeholder coordination and consensus building, strategic communications, economic and financial analysis, transit planning and analysis, and systems and corridor planning.

Tara currently works at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. She leads the design and preparation of transit service plans, near-term transit ridership projections, and monitors key transit performance indicators and transit service standards for JTA’s fixed-route services. Tara’s passion is to promote mobility and accessibility for all and strive for community engagement in the transportation process.

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In a first for a Planning Commission guest, Tara Crawford suggested her own whiskey pairing–whiskey by the distillery Uncle Nearest. The whiskey is named in honor of Nearest Green, America’s first known Black master distiller and the person who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey. Join us in making a donation to Uncle Nearest’s HBCU Old Fashioned Challenge to raise money $1 million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Uncle Nearest

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