Cross-Bay Ferry Sets Another Ridership Record in March
The ferry continued to generate cash reimbursements back to the four governments that funded the project.
PINELLAS/HILLSBOROUGH COUNTIES – The Cross-Bay Ferry carried nearly 8,000 passengers during March and generated significant growth in ridership for both weekday and weekend service between Tampa and St. Petersburg, according to figures released today (April 5).
During March, the Cross-Bay Ferry sold a record 7,990 tickets, which was a 31 percent increase over February, which was also a record month. The six-month pilot project carried a total of 31,362 people as of March 31. Weekend ridership in March increased 17 percent over February, and weekday ridership increased 57 percent.
The final run of the ferry pilot project will be April 30. The project began last November as a real-life test of the feasibility and desire of the community for regular water transit. Recently, several area governments have expressed a desire to build new ferry routes in the region.
“We are now in the final month of this pilot project, and the ferry is finishing strong,” project advisor Ed Turanchik said. “We are especially proud to have such strong support from organizations such as Frontier, the Rays, HART, PSTA, the Tampa Bay Lightning and others that want to partner with new transit options.”
For April, the ferry has partnered with the Tampa Bay Rays to arrange a special, later ferry schedule for Tampa fans to take the ferry to nearly every Rays game this month, with free transit between the dock in St. Petersburg and the stadium provided by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority.
The ferry continues to generate cash reimbursements back to the four governments that initially funded the project, and final figures for March will be available later in the month.
A recent survey of ferry passengers found more than 90 percent are residents, not tourists. Ferry passengers are making a positive economic impact on local businesses, as 60 percent of passengers spent between $15 and $40 per person at their destination.
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