Tampa — Ridership Notes
Rail Transit Online, March 2007
The 2.5-mi. (4 km) TECO Line Streetcar in Tampa saw a
10 percent drop in ridership during fiscal year 2006 compared with the
previous year. The number of boardings were at the lowest level since the
system opened in October 2002. Officials of Tampa Historic Streetcar Inc.
said they don’t know why patronage fell off so drastically, although a fare
increase in October 2005 possibly contributed. In addition, the type of
conventions hosted by the city changed. “Last year we had a lot more
business-type conventioneers and their time is somewhat limited,” convention
center administrator John Moors told The Tampa Tribune. “In '04 and '05 we
had more social-type conventions (where attendees) have more leisure time
and are more likely to ride the streetcar.” Meanwhile, ridership has jumped
during the first four months of fiscal 2007.