Cross-Bay Ferry between St. Pete and Tampa to open in November

New Cross-Bay Ferry Plans Unveiled from ferry that will travel from St. Pete to Tampa and back.

TAMPA -- New details released about the new ferry service that will let you catch a ride between St. Petersburg and Tampa.

The official name was unveiled. It's called "The Cross-Bay Ferry." The ferry is 55-feet-long, it can hold about 150 passengers, cruising at speeds just over 30-miles-per-hour.

It's a $1.4 million project that just got approved by St. Pete and Tampa city councils.

The ferry will only make two round-trips a day, which might not be convenient for some commuters, and it will not carry cars. Still, Realtor Ann Rogers sees it as a good selling point. "I think everybody here thinks it would be fabulous. It's just another means of getting people here and I think really we're such a destination now."

For now, it's a pilot project. So for a small investment, local leaders will get to see who will really use it: commuters, tourists or both. St. Pete Councilwoman Darden Rice believes it's a great value. "The results of this pilot study could definitely indicate that this is a project that will be worth putting more money into to get more people using it to get more people across the bay."

It will cost you 10 dollars for a one-way ticket to travel across the bay between the two cities' downtowns. Kids three and under are free. Each trip takes just under an hour.

It will provide service for a night on the town, tourists, sports fans and event-goers, the day-trippers and commuters, or people who just want to get out on the bay.

Rides start in November. You can learn more about the ferry's food and drinks, pet policy, departure times and rules about what you can and can't bring on board.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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