Streetcar Charrette

Commissioned by HART (Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority) and Kimmins Contracting Corp., the Urban Charrette  facilitated a design charrette focused on a new Signature Station design for the TECO Line Streetcar Extension project in Tampa, Florida. The purpose of the one-day charrette, held in July, 2009, was to obtain input on the overall design concept of the new Streetcar Station located at Franklin Street and Whiting Street in Downtown Tampa. During the workshop, participants shared ideas, observations, and expectations about values and amenities for the new station’s signature appeal. After reaching a shared vision, the participants, made up of local business representatives, City staff, elected officials, and organization leaders, contributed during sketching sessions.

During its prime, Tampa’s Street Car System was an efficient means of transportaion for residents within the community.  The original system operated from 1892 to 1946 before it was decommissioned.  The system was reintroduced to Tampa in 2002 as the TECO Line Streetcar System and has worked to connect two notable areas, Ybor City and the Channel District.  The next phase of the TECO Line will now work to connect a third area, the Tampa Downtown Business District, by the end of 2010.  With the expansion will come a new “signature station” that works to define the Tampa community.

Download the final HART Signature Station Charrette Report (PDF)

The TECO Line Streetcar Expansion was completed in January 2011 and is in full operation!

(photo courtesy of HART © 2011)