TAMPA — Once they were popular. Then they were regulated out of existence. Now free electric shuttles will soon return to downtown Tampa.
The City Council on Thursday approved spending $560,000 for a demonstration project to create a free electric shuttle service to provide short trips for downtown workers, residents and visitors.
“The intention is to keep people from using their car just to get from one side of our downtown to another,” said Christine Burdick, president of the nonprofit Tampa Downtown Partnership, which put together a plan for the shuttles. “We can help alleviate the multiple car trips through downtown.”