In our historic city of Tampa, we have many interesting quirks that make this town unique. As you may already know, Aerial Innovations hosts its monthly photo contest within the staff. This month's subject is "Trolleys." In lieu of that fact, we'd like to educate you a little bit on Tampa's history of streetcars! In various areas around Tampa Bay, streetcars thrive as one of our options for transportation! Re-opened in 2002, our TECO Line Streetcar system was born.
Originally, street cars were all the buzz in 1892, the most efficient way for workers to get around during that time. They used a Birney streetcar, which was designed to be lighter than most trolleys to take full advantage of its capabilities. The trolley system got shut down shortly after World War 2, but was reopened by TECO in 2002. Its new design mimics the original design.
As you could guess, in the sky their unusual color and shape is easier to spot than most vehicles. Although you may spot them frequently in passing, when you specifically look for them (for pictures) they can be elusive.
The actual system itself is 2.7 miles and covers Historic Ybor City, Downtown Tampa, and Hyde Park/SoHo. They actually have a map on their website, tecolinestreetcar.org.
There are different rates depending on what you're looking for, but even if you don't sign up to take a spin on one of the trolleys, educating yourself on Tampa's history is a plus!
Trolley cars are a historically significant method of transportation in many cities, and have been around for a long time. They're pretty reasonable and a greener way to get around. Tampa has quite a few ways for travelling local: trolleys, Downtowner cars, etc. However, our favorite method to get around town are through the vehicles in the sky.