The Tampa Bay region is sadly lacking in public transport options. The Tampa Downtown Partnership hopes to make getting around Florida’s third-largest city a little easier with the new DASH ride service, which offers low-cost rides in bright yellow Tesla Model Ys.
The new DASH (Downtown Area Shared Hubs) service take passengers on shared rides to and from about 20 different hub locations in Downtown’s seven neighborhoods—the Downtown Core, River Arts District, Channel District, Water Street, Central Park, West Riverfront, and Tampa Heights—for a rock-bottom price of $2 per person (the same as a standard bus fare). Behind the wheel is a “driver-ambassador,” a uniformed, expert guide to what to see and do in the area.
“As we continue to grow and all the seven neighborhoods of Downtown evolve, we need other ways to move within the core of Downtown, and this is a really exciting way to make that happen,” said Shaun Drinkard, Interim President of the Tampa Downtown Partnership.
The service will operate Monday through Saturday from 7 am to 11 am, and Sunday from noon to 9 pm. Customers can book rides using the DASH Tampa smartphone app, available for both Apple and Android phones. Wheelchair-accessible vehicles are available.
“How do we get our community from Point A to Point B in the most efficient fashion?” asked Tampa Mayor Jane Castor at the ribbon-cutting. “The ‘first mile-last mile’ is critically important, and DASH is a great solution to that.”
Source: Tampa Downtown Partnership