Tampa's TECO Streetcar is reducing service now that downtown is becoming a ghost town

Get home by midnight, kiddos.

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The TECO Line Streetcar is reducing service hours starting Friday, March 20.

In a release, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) said the abbreviated hours “reflect the recent shutdown of bars and other entertainment activities, and the limiting of restaurant hours due to COVID-19.”

The good news for streetcar riders? They’ll all be home by midnight. The new hours have service stopping at 11 p.m., seven nights a week. The line—which runs from Centennial Park in Ybor City to the corner of Franklin Street and Old Water Street—still kicks off a respectable time on weekdays (7 a.m. Mon.-Fri.) and starts at 8:30 a.m. on the weekend.

“HART's number one priority is the health of our employees and customers,” HART wrote in a release that reiterates a commitment to disinfecting frequent touch points and surfaces at HART facilities. “We ask customers to practice good hygiene and social distancing and for those that may be sick, to look at other commuting options, such as telecommunication.”

We guess all the social distancing, bar shutdowns and suspension of the Lightning season are keeping folks at home to some extent.

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