We are pleased to announce that the Midtown Greenway has received a 2014 Great Places Award from... MORE
There are many modern streetcar systems in the United States, and there are even more systems that are being studied and planned for future development. We've put together a sampling of the diverse systems that criss-cross this country; this article, Streetcar Projects Advance Nationwide Thanks to Local Initiative, illustrates just how widely-spread streetcar programs can be found!
Route: The line is 2.7 miles long with 11 stations. In fiscal year 2012, streetcar ridership has averaged about 28,000 trips per month. The streetcar line connects Downtown and Channelside to the historic Ybor City district.
Economic Development: The Federal Transit Administration estimates that there has been $1.2 billion in economic development along the original 2.4 mile streetcar line. Additionally, the streetcar has become integral to City’s image and invaluable to national events, local festivals, conferences, and tourism.
Distinguishing Features: The system has eleven operating streetcars: nine modern replica double-truck Birney cars resembling those originally used in Tampa beginning in the 1920s, one fully restored Birney car that ran on in the Tampa streetcar system from 1923 to 1946, and one replica open-air "Breezer.”
Service every 20 minutes during most hours of operation. Each of the eleven stations reflects the district where they are located and incorporate public art elements celebrating the lives of Tampa and Ybor City workers.