Public transportation updates in the Tampa Bay area

What to expect the next few months from the TECO Streetcar, SunRunner, and more.


The SunRunner rides off into the sunset through midnight.

Photo by Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

The past month or so has been ablaze with local public transportation news, and it can be hard to keep up.

What’s going on with the TECO Streetcar? Do we have to pay for the SunRunner now? We’re breaking down the latest public transit announcements to keep you on track:

  • TECO Streetcar | We’re still waiting to see if the TECO Streetcar will remain fee-free. A pending application for funding will influence whether the streetcar begins implementing fares or not.
  • SunRunner | St. Pete’s currently fare-free SunRunner will begin implementing a $2.25 fare on Sunday, Oct. 1 due to complaints about unhoused riders.
  • Tampa MetroRapid | Several stops along Metro Rapid’s bus route on Nebraska Avenue recently had seats removed. Transportation advocates are calling for HART to reinstall seats.
  • Mobility Plan | In case you missed it, Tampa announced a 30-year plan which aims to make the city more bikeable + walkable.
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