The TECO Line Streetcar has broken several ridership records over the past year.  -  Photo: TECO Line Streetcar

The TECO Line Streetcar has broken several ridership records over the past year.

Photo: TECO Line Streetcar

The TECO Line Streetcar broke the all-time monthly ridership record in December 2022 with 118,575 trips, according to Hillsborough Area Regional Transit's news release.

It was the highest monthly ridership in over 20 years of TECO Line Streetcar service.

The TECO Line Streetcar has broken several ridership records over the past year with the previous monthly record achieved in March 2022 with 107,956 trips reported. The streetcar also ended Fiscal Year 2022 (October 2021 to September 31, 2022) with all-time annual ridership of over 1 million trips taken.

The record ridership is attributed to population growth along the Streetcar line, visitors in town for events such as the ReliaQuest Bowl, and an overall return in Hillsborough County tourism.

"When we opened the streetcar system, there were very few people living in downtown and Ybor City," said Michael English, president, Tampa Historic Streetcar, Inc. "Now, people are riding it, not just for fun, now they're riding it to get to work, to go to school. It has just been astounding. The Streetcar is a viable transportation option in downtown and Ybor City."

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