In Final Month of Pilot Project, Ferry Partners with Rays, Tampa Streetcar

The Cross-Bay Ferry launched in November of 2016 to much curiosity from residents in both St. Pete and Tampa. This transportation option arrived at a time when the sense of regionalism had never been greater. The shift is due in large part the the litany of major concerts and culinary havens that continue to pop up on both sides of the Howard Frankland Bridge.

Strong ridership numbers for the Cross-Bay Ferry

A heavy influx of passengers since its inception has assisted in painting the service in a positive light. In an effort to continue that momentum, the CFB has partnered with the Tampa Bay Rays to offer Tampa residents an opportunity to enjoy the Major League Baseball without the stress of travel.

Extended service during Rays games

The CFB will offer extended service during game days — accommodating/adjusting the schedule based on start times. Those who take the ferry from Tampa will also enjoy $10 off their Rays tickets when they purchase them at the Rays box office.

Riders won’t have to worry about transportation to and from the St. Pete waterfront dock to Tropicana Field. That’s because the PSTA will provide free shuttle service for all ferry riders. For St. Pete residents looking to explore Tampa, TECO Streetcar Line is offering 50% off rides to visitors who use the Cross-Bay Ferry.

Streetcar offers major discount for Ferry passengers

The Streetcar system currently connects Tampa’s downtown to Ybor City and Channelside. For those in St. Pete looking to go to the next major concert at Amalie Arena, Straz Center or the Tampa Convention Center, this discount provides a unique opportunity for residents of the Burg to explore the city of Tampa without the stress/hassle of maneuvering through traffic or trying to find a park spot.

You can learn more about the Cross-Bay Ferry’s partnership with the Tampa Bay Rays on MLB’s official website. Visit CFB online to purchase your ferry tickets. Through March 31, one-way commuter passes are only $5 for adults and $2 for youths (ages 3-12).

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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