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Tampa - March 2001
   

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Tampa – Ready to Start

Rail Transit Online, March 2001

Construction of the $31.5-million heritage streetcar line connecting Tampa with Ybor City is finally ready to get underway now that a lawsuit over the price of a 1.25-acre piece of land needed for an intermodal terminal has been decided.  The four owners of the property, located adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center, sued because they were dissatisfied with the price offered by the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority.  A jury decided $9.5 million was fair, $4 million above what was proposed but $1.1 million less than the owners’ valuation.  Work on the 2.3-mile route is projected to be completed in spring 2002, about a year behind schedule, and it’s expected to carry more than a million riders annually.  Eight air-conditioned replica Birney Safety Cars similar to those that operated in Tampa until 1946 have been purchased from Gomaco and are now being delivered.  Naming rights to the line have been sold to TECO Energy and the project is now officially the TECO Line Streetcar System.  There are plans to extend the route north from the Convention Center through the heart of downtown via Franklin Street.

 

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