Tampa — Streetcar Support
Rail Transit Online, May 2007
The City Council on Apr. 19 voted to support
construction of a controversial one-third mile (536.4 meter) streetcar
extension north into the center of downtown. The project, to cost between
$3.7 million and $5.6 million, depending on whether single or double track
is built, will run from the Southern Transportation Plaza along Franklin
Street to Whiting Street and the Fort Brooke parking garage. The
Hillsborough Area Rapid Transit Authority, which still hasn’t authorized
construction, expects to receive a Federal Transit Administration grant of
$4.3-million. The expansion of the 2.3-mi. (3.7 km) TECOLine streetcar is
expected to get more local residents on board; currently most of the 400,000
annual boardings are tourists. The project is due for completion in 2010.
The ultimate goal is to loop the streetcar through downtown and back to its
starting point in Ybor City.