The Jobs for Jax plan would generate 7,640 jobs in the Jacksonville metropolitan area when the ripple effect spreads through the economy from doing transportation projects financed by doubling the local gas tax, according to a University of North Florida professor’s analysis.

Mayor Lenny Curry said the study, which was commissioned by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, shows the Jobs for Jax program lives up to its name.

“As I said when we announced the Jobs for Jax program last month, this is about more than building new roads and infrastructure,” Curry said in a statement. “This is about investing in neighborhoods to create more jobs and economic opportunities for the people of Jacksonville.”

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