Cross-Bay Ferry set to expand service and become year-round by 2024 – Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida 2021-06-15 03:32:09 –

Tampa, Florida — Leaders in the Tampa Bay area Crossbay ferry, We will make it all year round within the next few years.

Some Bay Area drivers say that traveling by water rather than by road has many advantages.

“You can do what you want and don’t have to worry about traffic or distractions,” one driver told ABC Action News.

This is behind the impetus for expanding the services of the Crossbay Ferry, allowing people to cross Tampa Bay from St. Petersburg to Tampa and vice versa in 55 minutes.

In 2020, The Crossbay Ferry broke the ridership record in the third season. Transports over 50,000 passengers.

Currently, Tampa and St. Petersburg leaders are planning to expand their crossbay ferry services with a new four-year contract.

The first year will run from October 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022. The second year will run from October 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023. The third year will start on October 1st. From 2023 to June 30, 2024. By the fourth year, the service will run from October 1, 2024 to September 30, 2025.

HMS, the operator of the Crossbay Ferry, will have more options in 2019 by combining ABC Action News with ferries and St. Petersburg downtown loopers, Tampa street cars and a variety of other public transport options. Said that it would be offered. Commuter.

“All of them come together to help commuters take the place of sitting in traffic,” said Matthew Miller of HMS.

Enhanced service options also include mid-week additional services for Lightning Home Games at the start of the regular baseball season and at the Amalie Arena.Riders may also find additional routes added for major events such as the Gasparilla and the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Adult one-way tickets will still cost between $ 8 and $ 12, with discounted rates for children, students, seniors and riders with disabilities.

Hillsboro County Commissioner will vote for part of the plan this week.

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