Originally created in the 1800s to transport Tampa passengers for work and leisure, the TECO Line Streetcar System is a fully restored historical replica that is used often today as a tourist attraction and local imperative transportation system. Recreated and put back into operation in 2002, this 2.7 mile streetcar track runs from downtown Tampa, through the Channel District, and into Ybor City and back. In its heyday the streetcar was the pulse of the community, as it took workers and families alike to and from Ybor City, Ballast Point, Hyde Park, and Sulphur Springs. It first began in Tampa in 1892 and quickly became an essential part of transportation that allowed workers to travel from downtown to the west Tampa cigar factories. It also took families on trips for picnics or ball games at the Desota Park. Its peak was seen in 1926, when over 24 million passengers rode the cars daily.
As your group takes a ride aboard the TECO Line you may stop at the Fort Brooke garage, Tampa Bay Convention Center, Florida Aquarium, Garrison Port, Amalie Arena, or Channel Entertainment Complex. You may also wish to simply enjoy a leisurely ride on the historic streetcars, an eco friendly, open air ride on an innovative electric vehicle that offers door to door service. This track in particular consists of 2.4 miles connecting three major transit areas and a third of a mile stretch that connects 35,000 more citizens north of Franklin Street. It consists of 11 total station stops and also 11 total streetcars. Of these you will see 9 modern replica double truck Birney cars and 2 open-bench Breezer cars. You may board or end your trip at Centennial Park Station or Whiting Station, or just enjoy your day riding the rails!