Tampa and St. Petersburg, Fla., April 13, 2022 – The Cross-Bay Ferry immediately introduced it has damaged its document for whole variety of riders in a season by hitting 53,544 riders on Sunday, April 10. The document marks a milestone within the progress of the ferry since its 2016 launch and one other step in its evolution in turning into a everlasting transportation possibility that gives a quick, enjoyable, and reasonably priced option to journey throughout the Tampa Bay space.
“This season’s record-breaking ridership validates how Tampa Bay residents and guests alike are embracing ferry transportation as a handy, cost-efficient transit alternative,” mentioned Kimberly Overman, Hillsborough County Fee Chairwoman. “It continues to offer a congestion-proof transit possibility for residents to get to eating places, museums, occasions, and buying locations. On the identical time, it’s laying the inspiration for everlasting ferry service between Tampa and St. Petersburg.”
With its latest document, the ferry has a 2021-2022 ridership that has exceeded that of its pre-pandemic 2018-2019 season by 2%, with three weeks left earlier than the ferry’s seasonal service pause, on Might 1. The earlier document of 52,528 was set throughout the 2018-2019 season, previous to the pandemic.
“For the reason that launch of our fifth season, on Oct. 21, we’ve seen a powerful restoration in our ridership,” mentioned Matt Miller, President, HMS Ferries, the operator of the Cross-Bay Ferry. “The Cross-Bay Ferry additionally continues to function an financial driver for Tampa Bay, with passenger survey information revealing that just about 70% of respondents have indicated that they spend greater than $40 of their vacation spot metropolis.”
This momentum was not too long ago aided by a federal grant. In February, the Federal Transit Administration awarded Hillsborough Space Regional Transit Authority (HART) a $4.9 million grant to purchase a brand new 350-person boat that HART requested final October. The funding guarantees to additional set up the ferry as a mainstay transit possibility to cut back congestion, create native jobs, help small companies and enhance connectivity throughout the Tampa Bay space.
The ultimate day of service for this ferry season shall be Might 1. The most recent data on the ferry’s remaining season, schedule, and ticket buying is out there at www.thecrossbayferry.com in addition to at ticket cubicles on the ferry’s docks, close to the Tampa Conference Heart and the St. Petersburg Vinoy Basin.
In regards to the Cross-Bay Ferry
The Cross-Bay Ferry is a regional collaboration between Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, town of Tampa and town of St. Petersburg. This season’s service started on Oct. 21 and can proceed till Might 1. The ferry affords 4 journeys day by day between Tampa and St. Petersburg on Wednesdays and Thursdays, eight journeys day by day on Fridays and Saturdays, and 6 journeys day by day on Sundays. In Tampa, the ferry departs from the dock on the Tampa Conference Heart, and in St. Petersburg from the dock at North Straub Park, close to the Vinoy Basin. Extra data on the Cross-Bay Ferry, together with the most recent schedule and ticket-buying choices, might be discovered at www.thecrossbayferry.com.
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