TECO line tram registers record attendance

TAMPA, Fla. — The TECO Line streetcar has seen record ridership in recent months.


What do you want to know

  • The TECO line tram has seen record attendance in recent months
  • In June, more than 91,000 people rode the light rail, according to the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority
  • The TECO Line trolley travels 2.7 miles, connecting downtown Tampa to Ybor City, and is free

In June, more than 91,000 people rode the light rail, according to the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), which is the highest June on record – something TECO light rail operator Shawn Massey has seen firsthand.

He said his job turned him into an unofficial tourist guide for the city.

“Every day is different – you see a lot of tourism,” Massey said. “We are Tampa’s ambassadors. A lot of people ask a lot of questions – they come and we give them that information.

HART officials cite recent major downtown events, such as the Tampa Bay Lightning playoff race and major conventions, to explain at least some of the surge in ridership.

However, more and more people are moving towards the city center, which Massey says he heard from many passengers.

“It’s good,” Massey said. “Let me see that the city is developing in the right direction.”

The TECO Line trolley travels 2.7 miles, connecting downtown Tampa to Ybor City, and is free.

City of Tampa and HART officials say they continue to look for ways to expand service to other areas, especially as ridership increases.

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