- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Free electric shuttles will soon return to downtown Tampa.

The Tampa Bay Times (https://bit.ly/22xHBrF) reports that the city council on Thursday approved spending $560,000 for a demonstration project to create a free electric shuttle service to provide short trips for downtown workers, residents and visitors.

The shuttle could begin this summer. Plans call for using nine low-speed, electric vehicles that can carry up to six passengers each. At least four will be in use at a time.

The partnership plans to buy or lease the vehicles and hire The Downtowner, a company that runs similar shuttles in three other Florida cities, to operate the program.

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