|TAMPA (May 16, 2017) – Sometime this week the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Downtowner free rideshare service will hit its 100,000 rider marking an unprecedented milestone for the Downtowner and this collaborative project. The lucky rider will win a full Tampa Bay Sports package including tickets and gifts from the Rays, Bucs, Lightning and Storm.“
The success of Tampa’s Downtowner is no surprise,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Tampa remains committed to providing alternative means of transportation outside traditional vehicle ownership for our residents and with Tampa’s increased tourism we are always on the lookout for ways Tampa visitors can explore this great city.”
“It’s amazing to see such fast growth in ridership and the varieties of ways people are using the service throughout their day,” said Downtowner CEO Stephen Murray. “We’re proud to partner with Tampa and play a role in redesigning how people move around downtown cores.”
“We tried to design a micro-transit system that would be a complement to transit and the other transportation choices our downtown residents, workers and visitors have available,” said Karen Kress, Director of Transportation and Planning at Tampa Downtown Partnership. “We could not have accomplished this much in such a short amount of time without the help of both our public and private partners.”
The City of Tampa (@CityofTampa) and Tampa Downtown Partnership (@TampasDowntown) will post countdown updates to their social media channels; Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
The service is made possible through the generous support from both the public and private sector. The City of Tampa’s Downtown and Channel District Community Redevelopment Areas have been key partners. Others include: FL Department of Transportation, SPP/Lightning, Marriott Waterside, Hilton Tampa Downtown, Barrymore Riverwalk Hotel, Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown, Le Meridien Tampa, Park Tower, Bank of America Plaza, Tampa City Center, Franklin Exchange, Rivergate Tower, 100 N Tampa, Fifth Third Center, SunTrust Financial Center, Two Harbour Place.
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