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Tampa Streetcar enjoys 3 straight months with more than 115,000 riders

Ybor City trolley in the middle of a street
The Tampa Streetcar departs its Centro Ybor station | Photo by Andrew Harlan

The Tampa Streetcar is an absolute sensation. These fun and funky vessels offer free trips between downtown Tampa, the Water Street area, and Channelside. It well surpassed one million riders in Fiscal Year 2022, and looks to keep up that momentum with three consecutive months with more than 115,000 riders. Tampa Streetcar’s official February ridership was 115,408.

With its surging popularity comes a heightened need for more service. Hillsborough Area Region Transit has announced service frequency is about to increase on weekend. Service frequency will increase to every 12 minutes during peak hours to accommodate the large, standing-room-only crowds the Streetcar experiences on the weekends.

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“The Streetcar continues to break ridership records and carried over a million riders in FY2022,” writes HART representatives in a statement.

Tampa Streetcar travels from Water Street Tampa, just by the new Publix Greenwise | Photo by Andrew Harlan
Riders take the Streetcar from Channelside to downtown Tampa | Photo by Andrew Harlan

Enhanced Tampa Streetcar service is a game changer in Tampa

The new enhanced streetcar service will be effective Friday through Sunday, 1pm to 9pm. This free service is possible thanks to increased funding from the Downtown, Channel District and Ybor City Community Redevelopment Areas (CRAs) and the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

“The TECO Line Streetcar continues to show what an investment in public transportation can provide with enhanced connectivity in the area and increased foot traffic to businesses,” said Tampa Historic Streetcar, Inc. President Michael English. “The TECO Line Streetcar provides a viable transportation alternative for residents, workers and visitors in downtown and historic Ybor City”.

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The TECO Line Streetcar is an agreement between HART, the City of Tampa, and Tampa Historic Streetcar, Inc. and includes the Florida Department of Transportation, the Downtown, Channel District, and Ybor City CRAs and the Tampa Downtown Partnership as funding partners.

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