Tampa Downtown Partnership begins DASH to new ride-share option
Image via Tampa Downtown Partnership.

DASH concept image - photo source is Tampa Downtown Partnership
Hub-to-hub rides are expected to be just a few bucks each.

The Tampa Downtown Partnership will begin hiring “driver-ambassadors” Tuesday to operate its upcoming DASH (Downtown Area Shared Hubs) ride-share program.

Beginning in October, the program will transport passengers through the city with low-cost rides between more than 20 different hubs in the downtown area.

Riders will use an app to hail a ride in a zero-emission, all-electric Tesla Model Y. The app will pair up to four passengers to share a hub-to-hub trip.

The driver-ambassadors will be trained in road and vehicle operation safety and serving as a guide to passengers, armed with information on downtown’s seven neighborhoods, places to go, and things to do around the hubs.

“Whether you live, work, play or learn here, DASH will help everyone who comes to Tampa’s Downtown by giving them a new mobility option. A ride in a DASH Tesla will be low-cost, protected from the weather, and ideal for medium-length trips within Downtown,” Tampa Downtown Partnership Interim President Shaun Drinkard said.

The driver-ambassadors will also be trained to report any issues spotted on their routes to maintenance staff or law enforcement to serve as an extra set of eyes in the community.

Hub-to-hub rides are expected to be just a few bucks each.

While most rides will be delivered in easily recognizable yellow Tesla vehicles, those needing wheelchair accessibility can request an ADA-compliant van using the app.

“DASH is designed to add to the growing number of mobility options in Downtown Tampa — not replace any of them,” said Karen Kress, Senior Director of Transportation & Planning for the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

“From scooters and e-bikes to the TECO Line Streetcar and Pirate Water Taxi to HART bus service and bicycle lanes, we know that a growing urban center needs a wide range of ways to get around. That’s how we avoid congestion, reduce pollution, and help people enjoy everything their city has to offer.”

The Tampa Downtown Partnership expects to begin rides on Oct. 1. It will release additional information about hub locations, pricing and operating in the coming weeks. Driver training is scheduled to start in the next few weeks.

The Tampa Downtown Partnership is a private, membership-based nonprofit composed of companies, organizations and individuals committed to advancing the city’s downtown. Through an annual contract with the city, the organization administers a Special Services District, which provides marketing, business development, transportation, advocacy, public space activation, planning and beautification for the downtown area.

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