Complete traffic guide for Gasparilla 2014 including parking, transportation options

Gasparilla 2014 traffic guide

TAMPA - The 2014 Gasparilla Day parade steps off at 2 PM at Bay-to-Bay Blvd. and Bayshore Blvd.  It continues along Bayshore Boulevard to Brorein Street, turns east on Brorein Street, then north on Ashley Drive. The parade ends at Cass Street & Ashley Drive.

QUICK TIPS from Traffic Reporter Meredyth Censullo, @TampaBayTraffic

  • Have cash on hand for parking garages and transportation
  • Most city parking lots cost $10/vehicle
  • Continuous streetcar and trolley service will be provided in downtown Tampa
  • Don't forget about the I-4/Selmon Connector which links I-4 (Exit 2 near Ybor City) with the Selmon Expressway (east of downtown)
  • SR-60/Adamo Dr/Kennedy traffic will be detoured to Laurel St., south side of I-275, via North Blvd., Tampa St., and Florida Ave.
  • The Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes will be open WESTBOUND 10 AM - 3 PM. After 3 PM the REL will be open to EASTBOUND traffic and will remain that way until Monday morning.

ROAD CLOSURE SCHEDULE:

Friday @ 10:00 PM

  • Bayshore Blvd from Gandy Blvd to Platt St/Channelside Dr
  • Bay to Bay from Bayshore Blvd to Ysabella St
  • Davis Island Bridge Off Ramp onto NB Bayshore Dr

Saturday @ 3:00 AM

  • Bayshore Blvd from Brorein St to Platt St
  • Platt St/Channelside Dr from Plant Ave to Franklin St

Saturday  @ 5:30 AM

  • Crosstown- EB Willow Ave Off Ramp (Exit 4)
  • Willow Ave from Platt St to Swann Ave (SB lanes closed only, 1-way NB)

Saturday @ 7:00 AM

  • Ashley Dr from Brorein St to Jackson St
  • Brorein St from Jefferson Ave to Parker St
  • Franklin St from Channelside Dr to Harbour Island Bridge
  • Old Water St from Florida Ave to Franklin St
  • Washington St from Ashley Dr to Tampa St
  • Whiting St from Ashley Dr to Tampa St

Saturday @ 9:00 AM

  • Kennedy from Hyde Park Ave to Ashley Dr (EB)
  • Ashley Dr from Tampa St Split to Jackson St
  • Jackson St from Ashley Dr to Tampa St
  • Kennedy Blvd from Florida Ave to Plant Ave (WB)
  • Madison St from Ashley Dr to Tampa St
  • Madison St from Florida Ave to Tampa St (WB)
  • Twiggs St from Ashley Dr to Tampa St
  • Twiggs St from Florida Ave to Tampa St (WB)
  • Zack St from Ashley Dr to Tampa St
  • Zack St from Florida Ave to Tampa St (WB)
  • Polk St from Ashley Dr to Tampa St
  • Polk St from Florida Ave to Tampa St (WB)
  • Tyler St from Florida Ave to Tampa St (WB)
  • Whiting St from Florida Ave to Franklin St (WB)

Saturday @ 11:00 AM

  • Cass St from Willow Ave to N Blvd
  • North A St from Willow Ave to Newport Ave
  • North B St from Willow Ave to Newport Ave
  • Fig St from Willow Ave to Gilchrist Ave
  • Carmen St from Willow Ave to Delaware Ave
  • Newport Ave from Cass St to North A St
  • Gilchrist Ave from Cass St to Fig St

Saturday @ 1:30 PM

  • Cass St from N Blvd to Tampa St
  • Tyler St from Tampa St to Cass St

Saturday @ 3:00 PM

  • Bay-to-Bay Blvd from MacDill Ave to Ysabella Ave (EB)
  • Swann Ave from MacDill Ave to Armenia
  • Ave (EB lanes closed only, 1-way WB)
  • Platt St at Howard Ave (EB)
  • Platt St at Willow Ave (EB)
  • Platt St at S Blvd (EB)
  • Willow Ave from Kennedy Blvd to Cleveland St
  • Willow Ave from Cleveland St to Platt St (SB)
  • South Blvd from Kennedy Blvd to Cleveland St
  • South Blvd from Cleveland St to Platt St (SB)
  • Whiting St from Tampa St to Franklin St

Saturday @ 4:30 PM

  • Kennedy Blvd at Himes Ave (EB)
  • Kennedy Blvd at MacDill Ave (EB)
  • Kennedy Blvd at Howard Ave (EB)
  • Kennedy Blvd at Blvd (EB)

PARKING: City of Tampa garages and lots will charge $10/vehicle, with the exceptions noted below.

  • Tampa Convention Center Garage (Tampa St. & Brorein St.) – 5 AM
  • South Regional Garage (Channelside Dr., between Florida Ave. & Morgan St.),-- 6 AM
  • Ft. Brooke Garage (Whiting St., between Franklin St. & Florida Ave.) 6 AM
  • Whiting St. Garage (Whiting St., between Florida Ave. & Morgan St.) – 9 AM
  • Centro Ybor Garage (5 th Ave and 15 th St) – 9 AM
  • Palm Ave Garage (13 th St and 9 th Ave) – 9 AM
  • Royal Regional Lot (Tampa St. & Fortune St.) – 7 AM
  • Jackson St. Parking Lot (Florida Ave., between Jackson St. & Kennedy Blvd) – 7 AM, Hourly rate of $1.60/hr with &9.50/daily maximum. This will be an automated facility with a paystation collecting payment on the exit.
  • Poe Garage (Ashley St., south of Cass St.) – 6 AM, normal hourly rate of $1.20/hr, with a $7.00 daily maximum. This will be an automated facility with a paystation collecting payment on the exit.
  • Twiggs St. Garage (Twiggs St., west of Nebraska Ave.) 6 AM, normal hourly rates of $1.20/hr, with a $7 daily ma ximum. This will be an automated facility with a paystation collecting payment on the exit.

Meters south of Kennedy Blvd. and on Kennedy Blvd will be enforced from 8:00 AM until midnight

TRANSPORTATION: (Detailed map is here)

TECO Line Streetcar- Continuous service,

9 AM – 1:30 AM (Sunday.) $5/all-day pass, which may be purchased with cash (exact change required) at ticket vending machines (change provided) located at each streetcar station. This fare does not cover the City of Tampa

  • For those parking in Ybor City, take the streetcar from Ybor City, Station 1 (Centennial Park) or Station 2 (TBFCU) to Downtown Tampa, Station 10 (Dick Greco Plaza)

HART bus service: $4 for an all-day pass, which may be purchased in advance at HART retail outlets or on board buses on Gasparilla Day with cash only (no change provided). Monthly bus passes may also be used. This fare does  not cover City of Tampa parking fees.

  • For those parking in Ybor City, Station 3 (Streetcar Society Station) and Station 4 (Cadrecha Station) HART will be providing continuous bus service to/from Downtown Tampa, Station 10 (Dick Greco Plaza) 10 AM – 7 PM.
  • For those parking at the Port Authority Parking Garage in the Channel District, HART will be providing continuous bus service to/from Station 10 (Dick Greco Plaza) 10 AM – 7 PM

In-Town Trolley: $0.25 with cash only (exact change required) or streetcar/bus all-day passes accepted. The In-Town Trolley provides a connection from the north end of Downtown Tampa (Marion Transit Center) to the south end of Downtown Tampa, Station 10 (Dick Greco Plaza). Continuous service 9 AM – 6 PM.

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