We're not quite there, and the gaff is not an entirely small one in terms of real numbers. But we are closing in and the broadest round up number is not one to sneeze at.
Enthusiasm among Teco Line insiders was contagious yesterday as internal reports indicated that ridership for the system had reached 437,611 customers between May of 2006 and June this year, the highest annual ridership figure since the line opened in 2002. And - that's just 62,000 and some odd riders short of the magic phrase we'd all love to throw out there now
: a half million. The 437 thousand figure doesn't include charters, so maybe we're already there.
People abound at Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union Station
Either way, the high number is certain testimony to the increased prestige and success of the Teco Line, and of the rising community along her corridors. As Channelside populates, and the Whiting Street extension materializes, 500,000 - or the treasured half million yearly riders - is almost assured in the next 3 to 5 years.
|Ridership Over the Years
This is great news for the Teco Line which, by the way, is celebrating its 5th Year Anniversary with an Octoberfest celebration on October 13. Last year they broke a single-day record with that event as well. All rides are just a nickel.