With the quick adoption of the app-based service and growing ridership, it was clear to us that the fleet needed to expand if it was going to keep up with the first-mile, last-mile demand.
- Christine Burdick, CEO and President of Tampa Downtown Partnership.
TDP expands fleet as demand surges
Similar to the Downtowner’s current GEM cars, the Bolt is 100% electric. The cars are being added to keep up with rising demand downtown. As downtown Tampa continues to blossom as both a tourist and resident destination, the need for rapid transit is at an all-time high.
The Bolts can run 200 miles on a full charge. This app-based, on-demand free ride service is the first of its kind in Downtown Tampa, reaching over 100,000 riders in just under a year of its launch date. According to Stephen Murray, CEO of Downtowner, Tampa is their largest market.
Over 100,000 passengers served in first year
Earlier this summer, the Downtowner celebrated carrying its 100,000th passenger in just half a year of operation. Downtowner vehicles serve within the Special Service District (SSD) of Downtown Tampa. Service hours are 6am-11pm, Monday through Friday and 11am-11pm on the weekends. You can view the full service map online.
Downtown Tampa’s transportation needs continue to grow as our city experiences ongoing development and interest. With the presence of cutting edge technologies like the Downtowner, our city is proving that it is a progressive and desirable place to live.
- Greg Minder, Chair, Tampa Downtown Partnership Board of Directors
Branding opportunities for local businesses
Tampa Downtown Partnership invites local companies to brand a vehicle. Funds raised from these ad campaigns help support the service. Interested businesses can inquire at email@example.com.
The free ride service has revolutionized how visitors experience Tampa. You can enjoy a quick drink at the Sail Pavilion, hop over to Moxies for a smoothie and a sandwich, catch a lift to the Florida Aquarium and get back home without breaking a sweat, or the bank.