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Tampa Tribune  - Streetcar Nuts and Bolts

The Streetcars: Eight, 46,000-pound streetcars are the first air conditioned streetcars ever built, can go up to 30 miles per hour and carry 88 riders each and are all wheelchair accessible. They are almost 50 feet long and eight and one-half feet wide.

The Ride: A ride from downtown Tampa to Ybor City will take 22 minutes.

The Track: The track is 2.3-miles long with 10 stops along the way.

Operation: Streetcars will run seven days a week with extended hours on the weekend. Tampa Historic Streetcar Inc., a non-profit corporation will manage the streetcar system and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) will operate and maintain it.

The Cost: A one-way fare is $1.25. The cost to build each wheelchair-accessible streetcar was $605,000. The total cost for the construction was $53 million. The funding came in a combination of state and federal grants.

Tampa History: Tampa's first electric streetcar was in 1892. Tampa's last was in 1946.

Link to this story the Tampa Tribune website:  Streetcars Back On Track - Multimedia Report


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