With the NHL All-Star Game and the Gasparilla Invasion colliding in Tampa on the same weekend, one thing is for sure.
Traffic is going to be a nightmare.
Downtown and south Tampa officials anticipate somewhere around 500,000 people flooding into the city for the parade alone on Saturday.
So, if you’re planning on joining in the festivities, make sure you stay patient and leave your home early with a plan.
Tampa officials have added several measures to help ease the weekend’s impending traffic woes:
- The TECO Line Streetcar is offering all-day passes for $5 and will start running from Ybor City to downtown Tampa at 8 a.m.
- The In-Town Trolley is a free service that runs every 30 minutes, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and provides a connection from the north end of downtown Tampa (at the Marion Transit Center) to the south end of downtown Tampa, serving many of the downtown area’s parking garages.
- HART bus service offers $4 all-day passes and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Ybor City and the Channel District garages to the Dick Greco Plaza.
- Check out these HART routes that take you to downtown Tampa from various points.
- Some city garages are opening as early as 6 or 7 a.m.
- If you plan to use ridesharing, Uber has designated that service will only be provided outside area events: on Channelside Drive between Morgan Street and Florida Avenue.
- Lyft has a promotion for the first 1,000 Gasparilla eventgoers who are 21 and older. If you enter the promo code “LikeACaptain” you can get a $20 discount on one ride from 12 a.m. Saturday through 12 p.m. Sunday. The voucher is only eligible for rides taken to or from 5 miles of Tampa proper.