Picture this: zooming around downtown Tampa in a sleek, bright yellow Tesla Model Y taxi, and all it costs is a mere $2 per person. Sounds like a scene from a futuristic movie, right? But for the residents of Tampa, this is soon becoming their everyday reality!
The DASH-ing New Service: Rides at Just $2!
The Tampa Downtown Partnership has rolled out its fresh-off-the-rack Downtown Area Shared Hubs (DASH) service. This app-based taxi system will shuttle people among 20 hub locations spread across downtown Tampa. Those in a hurry can avail the service from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, while Sunday riders can hop in between 12 p.m. and 9 p.m.
What’s more, this service ensures an efficient system by pairing up to four passengers heading in the same direction, all under the careful guidance of “driver-ambassadors”. These drivers, as we’re informed, go through rigorous safety and driving training sessions. So, not only is your ride trendy, but it’s also safe!
Though the exact number of Model Ys in the DASH fleet reportedly remains under wraps, the funding sources are crystal clear: the Tampa Downtown Partnership and the collected fares.
Shaun Drinkard, the interim president of the Tampa Downtown Partnership, enthusiastically voiced, “We wanted to make sure this new way to get around Downtown is just as distinctive as… the streetcar with its classic look, or a colorful e-bike or scooter… we know DASH’s bright yellow Teslas will be a great addition.”
A Sustainable Transit Future
And this isn’t just a flashy addition. Drinkard emphasizes that such services are a boon for residents and tourists alike. Apart from adding color and class to Tampa’s transport with its striking yellow and black accents, this Model Y fleet provides an eco-friendly alternative in the city’s transit map.
As Drinkard mentioned to ABC Action News, “We have a lot of micro-transit options… But we also want to look at other options that can take us from those hub to hub areas.”
So, Tampa, gear up for an electrifying ride experience with the Tesla Model Y taxis. Sustainable, stylish, and super affordable – it’s the ride of the future, today!