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FDOT grants $67.3 million award to Tampa Streetcar Extension and Modernization

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The Tampa Streetcar Extension Project just received a $67.3 million award from the state of Florida – this is the largest transit funding award the state has ever given to a transportation project in the region. This project is about Tampa officials seeking public transportation solutions.

By 2040 we will have 140,000 residents living within walking distance of this streetcar system, said Mayor Jane Castor during a press conference.

Adding public transit accessibility to new neighborhoods

The historic streetcar is set to serve areas in Tampa Heights, and deep into West Tampa.

The Tampa Historic Streetcar System is a 2.7-mile long streetcar transportation network that provides a unique connection from downtown Tampa and the Channelside District to the Ybor City historic district.

In the past, the system had been used mainly by tourists, but the City of Tampa is exploring a future for the streetcar as a true transportation option that better serves the mobility needs of residents, workers, visitors, and students in downtown Tampa, Ybor City, Channel District, and surrounding urban neighborhoods.

Public transit to better serve community needs

The City has been conducting a public transportation feasibility study and project development activities to expand and modernize the Tampa Streetcar system in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART).

The Invision Tampa Streetcar project is supported with funding from the City of Tampa, HART and FDOT, with potential for federal funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Small Starts Capital Improvement Grant program. Project activities include intensive public engagement and close coordination with other local and regional transit initiatives.

First phase of Tampa Invision completed in 2018

The City completed the first phase of the InVision: Tampa Streetcar in Spring 2018 and in June 2018 received approval from FTA to enter the Project Development phase to select a preferred alternative and refine improvement plans and strategies.

Follow the Tampa Streetcar online for updates.

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