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Tampa's Cross-Bay Ferry is returning to Tampa Bay

Bryan Dijkhuizen

For the first time in seven months, the Cross-Bay Ferry will resume operation in Tampa Bay on October 21, providing transportation between downtown Tampa and downtown St. Petersburg for the next seven months.

With an extra month of operation and an expanded daily schedule, the ferry will be able to accommodate more passengers this year and next. Evening runs will be available on certain routes.

“Thanks to a great partnership between four local governments, one of the most exciting and reliable ways to travel across Tampa Bay is back,” said Matt Miller

The return of the ferry heralds the start of its sixth season of easy, cost-effective transport across the bay, assisting in the alleviation of traffic congestion on the region's roads in an enjoyable manner.

The ferry will leave from the pier at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, and the dock in North Straub Park, near the Vinoy Marina in St. Petersburg. In Tampa, the ferry will depart from the port at the Tampa Convention Center. It was developed as a result of inter-county cooperation involving Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, the City of Tampa, and the City of St. Petersburg, among other entities.

Hillsborough County will take over as the primary governmental sponsor this year, succeeding the City of St. Petersburg in this role.

The ferry vessel is a twin-hulled aluminum catamaran that can transport a maximum of 149 passengers at an average speed of 30 miles per hour.

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