Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Ring in the New Year with the TECO Line Streetcar!

The Tampa skyline will light up Sunday night in celebration of the New Year with thousands watching from a temporary new home at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, along the Riverwalk.

The fireworks can be seen from a number of locations along the river, but the "best" viewing spot will be at Cotanchobee Park. While the fireworks won't take place until midnight, the viewing area will open up beginning at 10 p.m.

Looking for more of an "adult" way to ring in the new year? There are a number of other NYE spots with great views of the fireworks.

Jackson's Bistro, The Sail, and Aqua Eve at The Florida Aquarium are just a sample of NYE parties taking place along the Riverwalk, with DJs/live music, food, and adult beverages.

Regardless where you celebrate in Downtown, the TECO Line Streetcar System is your best bet to avoid expected traffic and parking issues! Park in Ybor City, and take in the Outback Bowl Parade beginning at 5:30 p.m. Following the end of the parade, you can take the Streetcar to Cotanchobee Park (hop off at HSBC Station or Dick Greco Plaza) and only park once!

The TECO Line Streetcar will be FREE after 7 p.m.
The Streetcar will be FREE after 7 p.m. and operate until 1 a.m. (NYE fireworks display scheduled to begin at Midnight).

Click here for a map of the Downtown network of services, including streetcar, and HART local service.

Should you plan on driving to the festivities...

American Automobile Association (AAA) offers a complimentary "Tow-to-Go" service for those that might have had too much holiday "cheer" this year. The service is available to everyone, meaning you don't have to be a AAA member. Call 1-855-286-9246 (you might want to save this number in your phone now) and a tow truck will come out and tow you and your car home safely - for FREE. Click here for more information on the program.

Whether you're enjoying your New Year's Eve with us or not, please be SAFE!

New Year's Eve Service:

HART is operating on a Sunday schedule for New Year's Eve. The TECO Line Streetcar will operate from Noon - 1:00 a.m. HART Customer Service Centers and HART offices will be closed.

HART Customer Service will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at (813) 254-4278.

New Year's Day Service:

HART is operating on a Sunday schedule for New Year's Day. The TECO Line Streetcar System will operate a normal Monday service level: Noon - 10 p.m. HART Customer Service Centers and HART offices will be closed.

HART Customer Service will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at (813) 254-4278.

Click here for a full rundown on the HART Holiday Service schedule. 

Safe travels in 2018!

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