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Welcome, SkyConnect!

(April 7, 2016) The ballots have been cast. The votes have been counted. After two weeks and nearly 4,000 votes, SkyConnect is the winner of Tampa International Airport’s Name the Train campaign. 

The name pulled in 45 percent of 3,870 votes. Gulf Glider claimed second place with 26 percent of the vote and Florida Flyer got third with 15 percent. JetStream came in last with 14 percent.

The campaign was announced by Airport CEO Joe Lopano at a press conference on March 24, generating widespread interest with the media and on social media.

There was some disappointment, however.

The name Trainy McTrainface was a fan favorite on Twitter and Facebook, receiving dozens of write-in votes. Somehow, it didn’t make the list.

The Name the Train campaign gave the public an opportunity to learn more about the train and check out the train’s unique design.

SkyConnect will rapidly take passenger between the Main Terminal, Economy Garage and new state-of-the-art rental car center.

The train will feature a unique design inspired by the beauty of the Tampa Bay region, with each of the 12 cars adorned with an image of one of the many birds that inhabit the Tampa Bay region. The interior of the cars will include educational information about the birds.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc., which is providing the automated train system, calls the exterior design one of the most unique in the world.