Lightning foot ferry tab for Saturday's game

Saturday night's game was part of a trial to bridge the bay.

For Pinellas County residents, getting to a Tampa Bay Lightning game can sometimes be a chore.

"You never know, you go over for a 7:15 p.m. game, you're going across the expressway, over the bridge, and you could sit there for an hour or two, miss half the game," said Clearwater resident George Tibbetts.

That's why Tibbets and close to 150 other fans floated to Saturday's game against the San Jose Sharks at Amalie Arena. The team paid for the fans' way on the Cross Bay Ferry from St. Petersburg to Tampa and back.

"You're not worried about getting to the game on time or having to worry about parking over there," said fan Pete Pachoumis.

While the fans took selfies of the sunset and enjoyed the view, 10News was making the drive across the Gandy Bridge to the game. The ferry made it to Tampa around 10 minutes faster.

Still, it's not all smooth sailing for the service.

"Too much money. I'd rather drive my car, listen to my own music," said fan Cortney Pleus.

Ferry tickets are $10 each, $8 for children 12 and under and free for kids under 3.

It's a six-month pilot program to gauge interest in an alternative commute across the bay.  A full daily service starts Nov. 28 and runs through April.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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