The Cross Bay Ferry Plan Summary
The Tampa Bay area is one of the few regions in the United States located on a major water body that lacks a permanent ferry system. We are changing that.
The Cross Bay Ferry Plan (“Ferry Plan”) is a unique public private partnership between Hillsborough County, HMS Ferries, Inc., and South Swell Development Group, Inc. to develop our region’s first permanent ferry system. Under our proposed Ferry Plan, new permanent commuter and improved intercity ferry service will operate under the Cross Bay Ferry brand.
We plan on adding our own, new 350 passenger ferry vessel to establish permanent, year-around intercity service between Tampa and St. Petersburg.
The project partners, under a Public Private Partnership (P3) agreement, are responsible for the funding, development, and operation of the MacDill AFB commuter ferry service project. The specific role of each partner is described below.
Hillsborough County is responsible for facilitating project capital infrastructure funding.
South Swell Development Group
HMS Ferries, under the Hornblower Group, is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the ferry service and on-base transit service.