Tampa’s historic streetcar surpasses one million riders in a single year

Everyone loves the Tampa Streetcar. This free service carries passengers from Ybor City to downtown Tampa, with stops near The Florida Aquarium, Sparkman Wharf, the History Center, and other major downtown attractions. Pair it with other alternative mobility services such as the forthcoming Cross Bay Ferry and you have a fun way of seeing all Tampa Bay has to offer completely car-free. The Streetcar smashed its own ridership records throughout FY2022. On September 1, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit revealed that a customer by the name of Arpan was the official one millionth rider of the year.

HART noted that Arpan takes the Streetcar to medical school during the week and was actually on his way to USF Health Morsani College of Medicine when staff surprised him as the millionth ride. Arpan also received a $100 gift to Columbia Restaurant.

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Streetcar operators tweeted the following at the start of September: “The #TECOLineStreetcar carried 94,609 trips in August 2022! Overall, FY22 YTD #streetcar ridership is 1,011,655 trips. We still have one month to add to our ALL-TIME record annual ridership!”

Back in 2022, the streetcar ranked second nationally for overall ridership. The TECO Line Streetcar is a heritage streetcar transit line in Tampa, Florida, run by the Hillsborough Area Regional Transportation Authority, owned by the city of Tampa, and managed by Tampa Historic Streetcar, Inc.

You can view a full streetcar schedule online. Follow the Streetcar on Twitter, and HART Transit on Instagram, to keep up with the latest ridership numbers.

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