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Old 05-06-2012, 10:45 PM
 
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Anyone in Thonotossasa, Brandon, Riverview, etc. is better off taking 75 south and hitting the Sunshine Skyway to get to St. Pete... it dumps you out right there and you can use your cruise control for the most part all of the way. No red lights, easier on gas, easier on the mind.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:58 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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No Excuses Tour to Tropicana Field
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Need to think bigger...much bigger.

No other area in the the nation, in my opinion, needs a public transportation system by way of rapid rail more than the Tampa Bay area.

It would do wonders for the area. I could finally visit downtown Dunedin, Safety Harbor, or Gulfport in the evening and have a few drinks with no worries getting home. Visit a Rays game without worrying over parking or traffic. Hit the beach for a few hours without trying to find a parking spot.

There is a lot of greatness in the Tampa Bay area that I think isn't explored enough due to transportation limitations...
That is really backwards thinking. No one is doing that.

To my knowledge the ONLY ferry still in Florida is near Jacksonville, and it's a real pain in the ass, the only reason it exists is because it would not be cost effective to build a bridge.

Any ferry would lose TONS of money, be 5-10 times slower than current driving and would not be used.

What an absurd idea
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:10 AM
 
Location: N Atlanta
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No ferry because we have these things called BRIDGES... this isnt the 1800's.

The last ferry in the area went out in the 1950's when the skyway bridge was built
Ever been to Sydney ? Ferries and bridges coexist quite nicely and provide a nice alternative to sitting in bridge traffic.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:43 AM
 
Location: South Tampa
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That is really backwards thinking. No one is doing that.

To my knowledge the ONLY ferry still in Florida is near Jacksonville, and it's a real pain in the ass, the only reason it exists is because it would not be cost effective to build a bridge.

Any ferry would lose TONS of money, be 5-10 times slower than current driving and would not be used.

What an absurd idea
Did you even read my post? I'll wait for your apology.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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There probably aren't enough tourist to support a ferry, but it's not that crazy of an idea. A small passenger ferry or water taxi between the two downtowns would be a unique way for tourist to see the area. Even though there is a trolly from Channelside to Ybor I still think Tampa needs to improve it's waterfront and downtown to get more people to visit.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:08 AM
 
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I would suggest a High-speed train similar to the Tri-Rail in SE Florida.

Stops at Tropicana Field, TPA airport, Buc Stadium, USF, Times Convention center, McDill AFB, Brandon mall, etc.
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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There probably aren't enough tourist to support a ferry, but it's not that crazy of an idea. A small passenger ferry or water taxi between the two downtowns would be a unique way for tourist to see the area. Even though there is a trolly from Channelside to Ybor I still think Tampa needs to improve it's waterfront and downtown to get more people to visit.
It's a completely absurd idea actually.
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