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New Transportation Links in Tampa Bay

Transportation around downtown Tampa has never been easy and parking can be expensive and hard to find. Great news! There are two new projects coming to the Tampa Bay area to help ease this problem!

The Downtowner

Thanks to the partnership with the Tampa Downtowner Group and the Tampa Downtown Partnership, the Downtowner Shuttle is set to start in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The Downtowner will consist of 12 six passenger street-legal electric low speed vehicles.

Best of all the service will be free! Riders will either hail the vehicles from the street or use an app for on demand rides around the downtown area.

Currently the connection from east to west is non existent and this may increase traffic to the Channelside area of Tampa and the Aquarium.

The proposed schedule is Monday – Friday 6am-11pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am – 11pm.

Tampa/St Petersburg Passenger Ferry

The passenger ferry will run from the Convention Center in Downtown Tampa to the Vinoy Basin in Downtown St Petersburg and has just received final approval from Pinellas County.

Tampa Bay’s four biggest governments (Tampa, St Petersburg, Pinellas and Hillsborough) have agreed to fund a six month pilot program to test the viability of the program, although it is unlikely they will agree to fund it after this time.

Currently set for a start date of November 1st, the ferry schedule is geared heavily towards weekends and special events and is likely to cost in the region of $10 each way for passengers, although monthly passes and discounts to Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays game attendees have been discussed.

Each ferry will have 149 seats and the journey time will be around 45 minutes plus loading and unloading times. Currently no set timetables have been agreed.

Saint Petersburg offers First Friday each month which may be more accessible now for Tampa residents and the ferry may prove to be an alternative commute to driving I275.

With these new transportation links Tampa Bay continues to be a great place to live and work. For more information on the housing market in Tampa Bay please email us today!

Nicci Tomlin-Baker

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