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Streetcar ridership higher than expected

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 18, 2003

TAMPA -- The city's new trolley continues to do better than expected.

The TECO Line streetcar system carried an average of 1,637 riders a day in February and 1,556 riders a day in March, far above projections.

Organizers had planned for an average of 950 riders a day when the $53-million streetcar system opened in October.

The trolley runs from Ybor City to the Tampa Convention Center downtown.

Since its opening in October through March 30, 200,000 people rode the trolley, putting the system on track to reach the goal of 364,000 riders by the end of September.

HARTline spokesman Ed Crawford said many more people have used the trolley in the middle of the week than expected.

Ridership could drop in the summer when it gets hot, Crawford cautioned.

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