InVision: Tampa Streetcar

The Tampa Historic Streetcar System is a 2.7-mile long streetcar transportation network that provides a unique connection from downtown Tampa and the Channelside District to the Ybor City historic district. In the past, the system had been used mainly by tourists, but the City of Tampa is exploring a future for the streetcar as a true transportation option that better serves the mobility needs of residents, workers, visitors, and students in downtown Tampa, Ybor City, Channel District, and surrounding urban neighborhoods. The City has been conducting a public transportation feasibility study and project development activities to expand and modernize the Tampa Streetcar system in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART). The Invision Tampa Streetcar project is supported with funding from the City of Tampa, HART and FDOT, with potential for federal funding through the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Small Starts Capital Improvement Grant program. Project activities include intensive public engagement and close coordination with other local and regional transit initiatives.

The City completed the first phase of the InVision: Tampa Streetcar in Spring 2018 and in June 2018 received approval from FTA to enter the Project Development phase to select a preferred alternative and refine improvement plans and strategies.

The preferred alternative for the project consists of the following project elements:

  1. replacement of the existing replica streetcar vehicles with modern streetcar vehicles;
  2. construction of a 1.3-mile fixed guideway with overhead power within existing rights-of-way from the western terminus of the existing system through the core of Downtown Tampa to Tampa Heights;
  3. construction of stops along the extension guideway;
  4. modifications to the existing 2.7-mile alignment guideway, power system, and stops to support modern streetcar operations; and,
  5. modifications to the existing vehicle maintenance and storage facility to accommodate the new vehicles.

The City will be wrapping up the Project Development and Environmental phase of the project in late Spring 2020 and in coordination with HART, will submit a project ratings request to the FTA in August 2020.

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FAQ

Q. Why is the project necessary?
A. The current Tampa Streetcar System was constructed to replicate the historic feel of Ybor City and to be appealing to tourists. Today, the City of Tampa believes the system can be transformed into a viable transportation option for people who live, work and visit downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. To guarantee the best investment is made, the City will evaluate a range of alternatives for the system’s extension and modernization.

Q. How will this planning affect traffic in Downtown Tampa?
A. This planning will not affect traffic in Downtown Tampa at all. If and when a selected alternative moves into construction, traffic may be impacted at that time. However, it is too early in the study to know any specifics, and we will be identifying ways to minimize impacts on downtown traffic.

Q. Who came up with this initiative? How much is it going to cost and who is going to pay for it?
A. The City of Tampa is working closely with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) in planning for the best and highest use of the Tampa Streetcar. InVision: Tampa Streetcar will cost $1,677,390 and is being funded by both FDOT ($1 million) and the City of Tampa ($677,390).

Q. Who is running the research behind the plan, and how is that being done?

A. The consultant team selected for this project is headed by HDR Engineering, Inc. Planning will be conducted in two phases. Phase 1 will identify a limited number of alternatives for extensions and modernization of the existing Tampa Streetcar system, culminating with a letter to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requesting approval to initiate consideration for federal funding. If approved by the FTA, Phase 2 will commence, which includes identifying a locally preferred alternative (LPA) for extension and modernization and complete project development activities.

Q. How do you define success for this initiative?
A. Success will result in a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) that has

federal funding and broad public support allowing the City to invest in its existing infrastructure and ensure the Tampa Streetcar best meets Tampa’s growing need for transportation options.

PAST MEETINGS

First InVision: Tampa Streetcar Brainstorm Session
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa, FL 33602

Second InVision: Tampa Streetcar Brainstorm Session
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa, FL 33602

InVision: Tampa Streetcar Results Roundtable
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Ybor Room, Hillsborough Community College – Ybor City Campus
2001 N. 14th Street, Tampa, FL 33605

InVision: Tampa Streetcar Preferred Alternative Workshop
uesday, October 24, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Chester H. Ferguson Law Center, Cohen Hall
1610 N. Tampa Street, Tampa, FL 33602

InVision: Tampa Streetcar Project Recommendations Open House

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, River Center

402 W. Laurel Street, Tampa, FL 33607

STREETCAR EXAMPLES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

For those that can’t attend one of these public meetings, we encourage you to share your thoughts on the Streetcar Extension and Modernization Study here. Also follow the City of Tampa on Facebook and Twitter @CityofTampa.

You can also call Milton Martinez, P.E. at (813) 274-8998 or send email to streetcar@tampagov.net

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SCHEDULE

Streetcar Study Timeline:

  • Procurement Phase (Oct. 2015 – July 2016)
  • Council Award Resolution (Aug. 25, 2016)
  • Phase 1 (Feasibility Study) - Completed (April 2018)
  • FTA Review – Completed (June 2018)
  • Phase 2 (Project Development) – Complete (Apr 2020)
  • Submittal of Small Starts Ratings & Funding Request (Aug 2020)

CONTACT

You can also call Milton Martinez, P.E. at (813) 274-8998 or send email to streetcar@tampagov.net

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