Tampa — Better Than Expected
Rail Transit Online, December 2002
The first week of revenue service on the
2.3-mi. (3.7 km) TECO Line streetcar from downtown Tampa to historic Ybor
City attracted nearly 7,100 riders, far more than expected. Daily boardings
at the 11 stations averaged 1,024 compared with the 958 estimated by
consultants prior to opening on Oct. 21, with a high of 1,840 the first day
and a low of 618 on Oct. 24. “It takes time for people to know it's here,”
Michael English, president of Tampa Historic Streetcar Inc., told The Tampa
Tribune, adding he expected to see “major fluctuations” in ridership.
“You'll see big spikes when there are conventions in town.” The mechanical
malfunctions that occurred during opening weekend have all been resolved,
and streetcar and city officials are attempting to improve synchronization
of traffic signals to reduce delays.