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HART urging drivers to pay attention near TECO Streetcars

Posted at 6:29 AM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 08:23:01-05

TAMPA, Fla. — There are new safety concerns for drivers traveling near TECO Streetcar tracks.

So far this year, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority has already had three reported accidents involving streetcars and they say the operators were not at fault.

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This includes the crash with a charter bus at Channelside Drive and S. Franklin Street in February.

Last year there were 14 reported accidents and the operators were not at fault then either.

Transportation officials are urging drivers to pay attention and know the rules. The streetcar has the right of way.

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Over the past few weeks, the city has added new signs in several locations. Those include Centro Ybor, Dick Greco Plaza and Channelside Drive at 4th Avenue.

Crews are working to make all the signs look the same along the streetcar routes.

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Right now officials are continuously monitoring and addressing the problem areas. They’re aware of the high traffic volume.

Recently HART has gotten a few complaints about people driving scooters along streetcar tracks. Officials contacted the scooter companies to notify them so people stop.