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Email your Hillsborough County commissioners to ask them to fund permanent Cross-Bay Ferry service

Cross-Bay Ferry
Posted at 8:18 AM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-14 12:53:59-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Do you enjoy taking the Cross-Bay Ferry to get from Tampa to St. Petersburg? If so, you now have the opportunity to make it a permanent fixture in the Tampa Bay area.

Hillsborough County commissioners are being presented with information about the permanent Cross-Bay Ferry service on Wednesday in hopes of approval for permanent funding, which would cost less than widening two miles of a road.

Before then, you can email your commissioners to let them know you support the idea.

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"HMS Ferries, the company that operates the successful Cross-Bay Ferry, has offered to operate a complete ferry service for Tampa Bay without any local operating subsidies as part of its public-private partnership agreement with Hillsborough County," according to the permanent passenger ferry service plan.

This means that Hillsborough County and other local and state governments would only need to fund the ferries, terminals, and trams; which would be publicly owned and cost $36 million.

To email your Hillsborough County commissioners, click here.

To learn more about the permanent Cross-Bay Ferry plan, click here.