Monday, August 22, 2011

Get onboard with HART this school year!

Welcome back, students! Another summer is in the books and another school year is here. If you're planning on using HART this school year, below is a quick reference guide on connecting to HART and special fares from your school.

What is HART?

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) is the public transportation service provider for Hillsborough County. HART serves Hillsborough County's employees, residents and visitors with 32 Local Routes, 13 Express Routes, and 5 Flex services. HART also operates the 2.7 mile TECO Line Streetcar System, serving the restaurants, attractions and other entertainment venues of Ybor City, the Channel District and downtown Tampa.

For a "how-to" video on riding HART, click here.

HART Adult Student Fare program:

Schools participating in the HART Adult Student Fare program sell HART fare cards to its students for a 25% discount. Students can purchase a 31-Day Local Adult Student Fare Card for only $45 (normally $60) at their respective schools by showing their valid student ID. Please note, the adult student discount is not applicable if the pass is purchased at traditional HART sales outlets.

Click here for a listing of participating schools.

What's a fare card worth, if you can't connect to your school?

Luckily, HART has you covered with multiple routes connecting to over 20+ colleges in Hillsborough County. Below, you'll find a listing of some of the schools that HART serves with bus, van and in some cases, streetcar service.

University of South Florida (USF):

The following HART routes serve the USF area:
  • Route 1 - Florida Ave.
  • Route 2 - Nebraska Ave.
  • Route 5 - 40th St.
  • Route 6 - 56th St.
  • Route 9 - 15th St.
  • Route 12 - 22nd St.
  • Route 18 - 30th St.
  • Route 33 - Fletcher Ave.
  • Route 45 - U.A.T.C.
  • Route 57 - U.A.T.C.
Students ride FREE on HART local, limited express and Flex routes with valid student ID. Faculty and staff ride for just 25¢.

For information on the U-Pass program, click here.

Hillsborough Community College (HCC):

We have a number of routes serving the HCC campuses around the county:
  • Dale Mabry campus - Route 7
  • Davis Islands (Admin. Office) - Routes 19, 46
  • Brandon campus - Route 37
  • SouthShore campus - Route 31, HARTFlex South County
  • Ybor City campus - Routes 5, 8, 9, 12, 18, 46, the TECO Line Streetcar
Click here for a map of the HCC service area.

Students can purchase a 31-Day Local Adult Student Fare Card for $45 at the bookstores of HCC's Dale Mabry, Brandon and Ybor City campuses.

University of Tampa (UT):

HART serves UT via the following routes:
  • Route 4 - Palma Ceia/MacDill
  • Route 7 - West Tampa/Citrus Park
  • Route 10 - Cypress St.
  • Route 14 - Armenia Ave.
  • Route 19 - Port Tampa
  • Route 30 - Town 'N Country/Airport
  • Route 46 - Davis Islands/West Brandon
Click here for a map of the UT service area.

Everest University:

HART serves Everest University with routes 34, 36.

Click here for a map of the Everest University service area.

Barry University:

Routes 7, 16 connected to Barry University.

Click here for a map of the Barry University service area.

Sanford Brown University:

HART connects to Sanford Brown via routes 6, 15, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41, 57

Click here for a map of the Sanford Brown University service area.

Ultimate Medical Academy:

HART connects to the Ultimate Medical Academy via routes 1, 9, 14, 39.

Click here for a map of the Ultimate Medical Academy service area.

Now that you've purchased your pass, what's the next step?

Plan your school commute with HART.

Your best bet is the HART Trip Planner. Simply type in your starting and end points, arrival time/date, hit "get directions," and let the planner do the rest. Bookmark the Trip Planner for easier access later. Can't get to our website, and need immediate assistance? Call the HARTinfo line at 813-254-4278, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Hopefully, you found this guide helpful, if there is anything else that you think we should include (like your school), let us know in the "comments" section. Have a great school year!


  1. Do HCC students ride for free?

    1. HCC students currently don't ride free. However, in August, we debuted the new HCC Semester Pass, which provides 4 months of rides for only a $110! That is 4 months of rides for roughly half the cost.

  2. What bus can I catch from the marion transit center to fletcher or to the florida hospital ? Please help I'm trying to suprise my gf.

    1. You have a couple different options, depending on the hour of travel, MetroRapid is the quickest way to get to Florida Hospital. Service runs 5 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday - Friday. It drops off at UATC, then it's a short walk to the hospital. The Route 18 is the next best route.

      Visit for maps, schedules and fares.

    2. I have a question with the student pass for hcc , how many times can we ride the bus? Is it unlimited the ride back and to. My son is in day care at the hcc dale Mabry campus, and I have to make 4 trips back and forth to the school. Is it going to cost me extra?

  3. If I wanted to buy the 10day anytime bundle is there a physical location near South Tampa Where I could go to purchase them?

    1. Amscot locations sell 10-pack passes. As does the Commuter Assistance Center at 250 Westshore Plaza. See a list of Sales Outlets here:

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