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Ferry arrives ahead of its 6-month test run between Tampa, St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — The 98-foot ferry slated to start making trips across Tampa Bay between the downtowns of Tampa and St. Petersburg has finally arrived.

The ferry, which can carry 149 passengers, docked at downtown St. Petersburg's Vinoy Basin early Friday morning.

Backstory:Tampa Bay ferry project is a go — but for how long?

The ferry will depart from the basin at 501 Second Ave. NE to make its twice-a-day trip to downtown Tampa — three times on Fridays — from Nov. 1 through April 30, HMS Ferries officials said.

City officials say it's a pilot program that will "test the waters" to determine if permanent ferry service is feasible in the bay area.

The trip is expected to take 50 minutes each way and will cost passengers $10 each way.

Ferry arrives ahead of its 6-month test run between Tampa, St. Petersburg 10/21/16 [Last modified: Friday, October 21, 2016 7:43pm]
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