A fun way to explore the sights and scenery of Tampa, Florida is to hop on the historic rail line. This rail line takes visitors through various parts of the city at no cost to the rider!
When the streetcar line opened in 1885, it ran its route from Tampa downtown area to Ybor City. The first cars were pulled by steam engines. In 1893 the streetcars were converted to all electric power.
Over the next several decades the line grew. By 1913 there was 50 miles of rail line running through the area operated by Tampa Electric Company. Over 20 million people a year used the benefits of this rail line until its closure after World War II. As cars were becoming a more popular transportation route, people opted to not hop on the rail cars. The last streetcar ended its route in 1949.
It was not until 2002 that the streetcars reemerged into existence. The Heritage Line was opened with 2.4 miles of track. Today, the line runs daily taking locals and visitors from downtown Tampa to Ybor City.
Violet Sky’s Visit
Every time I visit a city that has trolley or streetcar, I can’t wait to hop on! What better was to explore a new place than by an old-fashioned railcar. The best part about the trolley is that you can park anywhere and hop on.
While staying at a hotel downtown, I was able to get on the trolley and get off on various stops all the way to historic Ybor City. The streetcars have their own part of the roadway and visitors can get the feel of nostalgia while exploring this urban landscape.
How to Visit
The TECO Line Streetcar is free to ride and has various stops through the downtown area. Be sure to look for their stops while in Tampa to hop for a ride around the city.
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