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Cross-Bay Ferry enters final weeks of pilot

People take advantage of the view from the upper deck as the ferry left Tampa for St. Petersburg on Feb. 9.

Octavio Jones | Times

People take advantage of the view from the upper deck as the ferry left Tampa for St. Petersburg on Feb. 9.

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The Cross-Bay Ferry is entering the final stretch of its 6-month pilot program, which is set to end April 30.

March was a record month for ticket sales, said spokesman Richard Mullins. The ferry generated more than $57,000 in ticket sales to return to the the cities of St. Petersburg and Tampa, and Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

HMS Ferries started covering its management costs in late January, which meant money from ticket sales has since gone back to the four governments who invested in the pilot.

Since March, nearly $112,000 has been returned. This is less than one-thirteenth the $1.4 million paid by the four governments at $350,000 each.

Those who are interested in riding the ferry before the pilot ends can purchase tickets through the mobile app or www.crossbayferry.com.

Tickets are $10 each way, though promos can be found on the website. The ferry makes two or three roundtrip departures each day between St. Petersburg and Tampa.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 3:31pm]

    

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