TECO Line Streetcar System Whiting Street Extension Project
The TECO Line Streetcar System has
As of December 19th 2010, the streetcars now reach the heart of downtown Tampa with a 1/3-mile extension to Whiting Street.
A design-build contract was awarded to Kimmins Contracting Inc. on April 6, 2009. Groundbreaking took place in October 2009 and the extension
held a soft opening on December 19, 2010.
Activities to date:
Review Committee/Utility Coordination
6/30/09 Topographical Survey Completed
7/13/09 Utility Relocation Design Submittal
7/17/09 Design Charrette by Urban
8/25/09 Steering Committee
9/28/09 Final Civil Engineering
9/29/09 Signature Station Architectural Review Drawings
10/9/09– 4/31/2010 Subsurface Utility Construction
– 8/8/2010 Streetcar Track Construction
8/15/2010 - Streetcar Station
8/15 – 11/15/2010 – Resurfacing Franklin Street,
installation of traffic signals and signage
10/15/2010 – 11/15/2010 –
Overhead Catenary System installation
12/06/2010 – Streetcar Station
12/06-12/18/2010 – Streetcar Extension Maintenance and
12/17/2010 – Public Art Component on Streetcar Station
12/19/2010 – Streetcar Extension Open to the Public
Grand Opening Ceremony
Extension Breaks Ground
Friday, October 9th, the TECO Line Streetcar
System marked a new milestone, as
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit and Tampa
Historic Streetcar, Inc. broke ground on the
Whiting Street extension in a ceremony held
at the future location of the new station
stop. Against a backdrop of music by the Sam
Rampello Downtown Partnership School band,
HART CEO David Armijo hosted the event,
which featured speeches by Tampa Mayor Pam
Iorio, former Mayor Dick Greco, HART Board
Chair Ron Govin and THS President David
Mechanik. Mayor Iorio stressed that the
streetcar exension will provide additional
connectivity and a link to future transit
for more photos from the ceremony.
facilitated a design charrette for the new
station on Franklin Street at Whiting
Street. Participants in this one-day
workshop chose the theme of "color by day
and light by night." The station design
hopes to activate the space with comfortable
“living rooms” for waiting riders. A modular
station design affords flexible applications
in future downtown stations. Lights at night
provide a warm glow to attract riders and
Click here to view the complete report
Below are sketches of the
station design (click on images for a larger
A design-build contract
was awarded to Kimmins Contracting Inc. on
April 6, 2009. Groundbreaking took place in
Streetcar Extension is Making Tracks
September 21st, 2010 - When you hop off the TECO Line Streetcar System at its current terminus near the Tampa Convention Center, you can just about catch a glimpse of downtown. "Just a little farther," you might think, "and it would be right there!"br>
Well, soon it will be right there. A 1/3-mile extension of the system to the corner of Franklin and Whiting Streets has been underway since October, and is right on schedule to open by the end of this year. Let's take a look!
First, we'll get our bearings. Right now, the streetcar line ends on Franklin Street, just south of Channelside Drive - which is just about at the front door of the Tampa Convention Center, next to the Embassy Suites hotel.
The extension will take the line north on Franklin, under the Selmon Expressway overpass, through the Brorein intersection, and just past the Ft. Brooke garage. The new end of the line will be between the downtown YMCA and Hattricks, and across the street from the Poe Plaza esplanade.
Now that you know where we're going, let's see how we're going to get there. As of this 08/06/2010, new tracks have been installed from the current end of the line all the way up to Whiting Street, including a section of double track between Brorein and Cumberland that will allow two streetcars traveling in opposite directions to pass each other. In addition, the system of overhead catenary wires that powers the streetcars has begun with installation of the pole foundations. Lots of work has been done on utilities and stormwater drainage, along with demolition for the new station stop at Franklin and Whiting.
Track installation is expected to be completed this month with the finishing of a turn-out, the Cumberland Avenue crossing, and a short section of double track between Brorein Street and Cumberland. The next big step is construction of the brand new station stop, which began in August and should be wrapped up in November.
So by Christmas, when you take the TECO Line Streetcar System toward downtown, you won't just have to glimpse those tall buildings. You'll already be there!
TAMPA, Fla. — The TECO Line Streetcar System's extension from
Dick Greco Plaza (near the Tampa Convention Center) north into downtown Tampa
has begun operating as of December 19.
The extension ends at the new
station at Franklin and Whiting Streets, which is between the downtown YMCA and
Hattricks, and across the street from the Poe Plaza esplanade. This extension
adds one-third of a mile to the 2.4-mile streetcar system to better connect some
of Tampa's most popular tourist, entertainment and business districts: Ybor
City, the Channel District and Downtown Tampa. To view a map of the entire
streetcar system, visit:
A grand opening ceremony to celebrate this extension project and unveil the
new station's lighted public art component will be held in late January 2011 and
will be open to the public.
About the Extension Project
and construction cost of the extension project was $5.3 million, paid with
primarily federal funds, including $1 million from the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009. The project includes a new station, and single track
from Dick Greco Plaza to Franklin and Whiting Streets, with a passing track
north of Brorein Street. Three vehicles will be capable of boarding at the
side-loading platform station and up to four vehicles will be able to stage at
the passing track.
Family Discount Pass Now Available
The TECO Line
Streetcar System is also now offering a family discount pass for $12.50. This
fare covers up to five passengers, which includes up to two adults. Children
ages 4 and under continue to ride free with a paid adult. These family passes
may be purchased with cash or debit/credit card at Ticket Vending Machines,
located at most streetcar stations. at Ticket Vending Machines, located at most
The Whiting Street
Station features a public art light display
titled "Siteliner" by artist James Woodfill.
Historic TECO Line Streetcar System moved north. The existing 2.4 mile system
that terminated at the Dick Greco Plaza has been extended to Whiting Street at
the south end of downtown. Extension Phase IIa consists of a single track from
the current terminus with a passing track within the HART parking area north of Brorein to Fort Brooke Garage to a new station at Whiting. Three vehicles will be capable of boarding at the side-loading platform station and up to four vehicles will be able to stage at the passing track. Click here or on the map at left to view larger.