Tampa Dreams of Turning Novelty Streetcar Into Transit Solution

Streetcar (Daneshjai / Flickr)

With the Tampa Bay region stalled on meaningful public transit investment, the city of Tampa is asking residents whether expanding an existing tourist-centric streetcar might help alleviate their transportation woes. Currently, the novelty line runs 2.7 miles, a short stretch that doesn’t reach downtown’s highest job concentrations and runs infrequently. Now, with $1 million from the Florida DOT, and another $677,390 from the city’s own coffers, Tampa is considering what an expanded streetcar system might look like, and engaging in a series of public feedback sessions.

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