New way to Cross the Bay

Cross Bay FerryThe Cross Bay Ferry has begun running regular trips between downtown Tampa and Saint Petersburg. The 98-foot long ferry can carry a total of 149 people. With both interior and exterior seating you can load up your bicycles, strollers, even luggage, for the approximately 50-minute ride across the bay.

Whether commuting to work or recreating on weekends, or simply to avoid traffic jams on the bridges, this new mode of commuting across Tampa Bay is an exciting pilot project through April 2017. Tampa and Hillsborough County along with St. Petersburg and Pinellas County each paid about $350,000 to help underwrite the $1.4 million project.

If all this isn’t exciting enough, Frontier Communications is sponsoring “Ride Free Day, Powered by Frontier, so passengers can ride free on Sundays including December 18, January 15, February 19, and April 16. Frontier also will be providing approximately $180,000 in television advertising on its Tampa Bay-area FiOS cable channels to promote and support the Cross Bay Ferry pilot project, and a host of restaurants and shops will be offering special discounts to ferry passengers, including free beer, free spa treatments and hotel room discounts.

This week, the Cross-Bay Ferry began regular, weekday service and launched a Commuter Value Pass program with 20 tickets for $100, which equates to $5 per ticket, compared to the regular $10 one-way ticket price. That purchase comes with free taxi rides home for those who miss the last ferry trip. For more information — ticket costs, parking options, and more — visit Cross Bay Ferry online. Visit TBARTAmyCOMMUTE for information on the Emergency Ride Home program and other commuter services to give you options and help you save money on your commute.