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Old 03-01-2008, 07:28 AM
 
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I mean if they consider st.pete and clearwater to be apart of the area then can someone explain why there is no ferry
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Old 03-01-2008, 07:47 AM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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Its in the talks....things take a long time to develop in the area, I remember talks from 1996 that stated that a Ferry Service was to be operational from the Tampa Convention Center downtown Tampa to St. Pete Pier in downtown St. Pete...it never happened.

It would also need ridership...I think it would mostly be used by tourists and conventineers to the areas so they can explore the Bay and two downtown cities amenities..evenutally as downtown Tampa grows with residents, and St. pete continues its residential development downtown, it may be reality.

Here is the latest from a few months ago:
County Sees Ferry Service In Our Future
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Old 03-01-2008, 08:02 AM
 
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I think someone tried that many years ago, although private and it didn't work out, but then they weren't around very long. Of course, I might be mistaken, Tony might remember..
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Old 03-02-2008, 06:36 AM
 
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When I worked in downtown Tampa and lived in downtown St. Pete I wrote the downtown tampa group about this. Never got a response - but it would be amazing to have a commuter ferry between say Harbor Island and downtown St. Pete, maybe just south of Whitted Airport. Everyone I talked to with a similar commute said they would use it, and a coworker who commuted from Bradenton was desperate for it. there would be a built-in ridership now that traffic is such a problem.

The only issue I can forsee is the weather - in the summer those thunderstorms often happen right at afternoon rush hour and maybe a ferry couldn't run? Still, the ones they use in NYC/NJ have space inside and are pretty large. I don't know anything about weather and boat safety.
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Old 03-02-2008, 10:17 AM
 
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I looked it up there use to be a ferry but the transportation department took it away in the 1930s because of they felt the bridge was better
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:12 PM
 
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Please help me to get Rays Fans from Tampa, Lakeland, even Orlando to Tropicana Field to see Rays home games. Park at the Port of Tampa, leave car and take the 45 min. trip to the Pier...then trolley, bus service to the Dome...saving fuel, time, and a truly MLB Fan experience next to none!! David Sileck Tampa Bay Rays Fan Host. 5/6/2012.
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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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
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Park at the Port of Tampa, leave car and take the 45 min. trip to the Pier...then trolley, bus service to the Dome...saving fuel, time, and a truly MLB Fan experience next to none!!
That's quite a laborious process you outlined. Sounds like no fun.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:14 PM
 
Location: South Tampa
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Please help me to get Rays Fans from Tampa, Lakeland, even Orlando to Tropicana Field to see Rays home games. Park at the Port of Tampa, leave car and take the 45 min. trip to the Pier...then trolley, bus service to the Dome...saving fuel, time, and a truly MLB Fan experience next to none!! David Sileck Tampa Bay Rays Fan Host. 5/6/2012.
That really isn't going to save you any time at all...or money.

If you are at the Port, you mind as well just drive the rest of the distance. We live just a little closer (a tad north of Gandy), but it only takes us 25-30 minutes to get to the stadium and park. Done.

45 minute trip from Port of Tampa to St. Pete Pier...10 minute bus ride to stadium. Add in waiting time, and you are talking hour and a half minimum.

I don't see where this ferry could be very practical with the bridges and causeway that crosses the bay.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:20 PM
 
Location: South Tampa
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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...
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