FDOT to Provide City of Tampa Planning Funding for Tampa Historic Streetcar

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Tampa, Fla. (April 22, 2015) - The Florida Department of Transportation will provide the City of Tampa $1 million to facilitate a feasibility study to extend and modernize Tampa’s Historic Streetcar system as part of Mayor Buckhorn’s commitment to transform the streetcar into a viable transportation option.

“I believe that the streetcar can become a meaningful transit option within our urban core. This planning funding will allow us to explore how best to achieve that and help us determine what our next steps are,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “I sincerely appreciate Secretary Steinman’s commitment to work with us and his shared vision for how we can transform the streetcar.”

The study will evaluate how to best extend the route, through downtown and potentially to historic Tampa Heights. The study will address potential ridership data, environmental impacts, and economic development opportunities as well as refine capital and operational costs.  It will also study modernizing the historic system, allowing the streetcar to seamlessly integrate with the unprecedented wave of development downtown. As a next step, the City and FDOT will work together to further clarify the study’s primary goals and develop a timeline for completion.

FDOT has also committed to facilitating discussions between the City of Tampa, FDOT, and CSX in regard to railroad crossings and, at the conclusion of the study, to work with the City of Tampa to invest State New Start program and Service Development program funds for the project.

“I share the belief that a strategic extension of the streetcar would support the continued growth and redevelopment within Tampa’s urban core. We are hopeful about the potential and feasibility for the project, and we look forward to continuing the strong partnerships we have with the City and County,” said Florida Department of Transportation District Secretary Paul Steinman.

FDOT’s funding will be available beginning at the start of fiscal year 2016 beginning in July of this year. The City of Tampa will provide $250,000 in matching funds.

Once the study and planning process is complete, the City of Tampa will evaluate pursuing additional state and federal dollars to assist in construction.