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Cross-Bay Ferry linking downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg makes its return for a third year

Cross-Bay Ferry
Posted at 3:26 PM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 15:26:19-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Cross-Bay Ferry is returning, giving you another option for getting between downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa.

Tampa leaders also announced a big partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The ferry will run from Wednesdays through Sundays starting November 1. It will mark the Cross-Bay Ferry's third year.

A survey has also been posted to gather community input on whether or not the ferry should stay permanently. You can make your voice heard here.

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Organizers expect to carry 60,000 passengers this year compared to the 38,000 in its opening year.

"The other new element of this year's schedule is that if you are a Lightning fan and live in South Pinellas you'll be able to take the ferry to every single lightning home game," said Ed Turanchik is an attorney for HMS Ferries, which operates the ferry. "We found that was an incredibly popular service last year."

The ferry will cover those home games even if they fall outside operating hours on Mondays or Tuesdays. A regular ticket will run you $8 and there are discounts for children, the elderly, students and military members.

The Cross-Bay Ferry will make its rounds until the end of April.

There are talks about making the ferry a permanent fixture but the earliest that could happen is by 2022.

Under the company's 'permanent passenger ferry service plan' they would also need, " public investment of $35 million in vessels and ferry terminals to put this great ferry service in place."