Pinellas Commuter Interest in Cross-Bay Ferry Encourages Tampa Downtown Partnership


By: Richard Danielson

After a week of asking South Pinellas commuters what they think of the soon-to-begin Cross-Bay Ferry, the Tampa Downtown Partnership said Monday it’s gotten more than 400 online responses and likes what it’s hearing.

“We are really encouraged by the interest in the program and believe it is another indication that our region is ready for more transportation options,” partnership director of transportation and planning Karen Kress said Monday in an announcement of the results.
Three-quarters of those who completed the online survey said they would use the ferry to commute to work two to four days a week. More than 57 percent said they’d like to have beer and wine on the return trip to St. Petersburg. Heading into Tampa, most said they wanted coffee, juices and light, healthy breakfast foods.
Nearly 60 percent said they would walk or bike to their jobs after getting off the trolley at the Tampa Convention Center. Others said they would use the free In-Towner Trolley, the TECO streetcar or the new Downtowner electric shuttles, scheduled to launch this Thursday.

To take the survey, click here.