Tuesday, July 10, 2012

HART and TECO Line Streetcar Service During RNC

The RNC is August 27-30.
Everyone is counting down to the Republican National Convention (RNC). With more than 50,000 visitors expected, this is an event described as bigger than the Super Bowl!

HART has been on countdown too. Transporting customers safely will be our No. 1 goal during RNC. That’s why we’ve been working closely with RNC coordinators for the past year and transportation plans will be unveiled based on the finalized security zone. In addition to a network of downtown transit services that include bus, streetcar and trolley, nine express routes travel into downtown every day. Customers will be given as much advance notice as possible about our RNC transportation plans so everyone is well aware about impacts to bus and streetcar service.

The bottom line is that Tampa is open for business during RNC, and HART is also planning to stay open for business during this historic event. Just keep in mind that customers may have to adjust their schedules a little or walk a bit further to their bus stops due to the security zone, road closures, traffic, etc. Of course, during RNC, HART may receive instructions to temporarily suspend service and we will communicate this to customers as best as possible – make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get the very latest on bus and streetcar service!

We thank you for your patience during this exciting time to showcase our great city!

Below is a news roundup on transportation during the RNC:

Lights, Camera, Action! An Eye in the Sky to Catch Crime - March 28, 2012 

Visiting town? A video guide to Tampa transit! - March 2, 2012  


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Take the TECO Line Streetcar to the Channelside July 4th Fireworks Display!

"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved."  - Franklin D. Roosevelt

American freedom was achieved through a revolution against Great Britain lasting seven years and costing over 25,000 colonists their lives. 

This Wednesday, July 4th, Americans across the country will celebrate this sacrifice for freedom with fireworks, family and food. Locally, Channelside is hosting the 11th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. The TECO Line Streetcar is a proud sponsor of the event taking place in the waters near Channelside Bay Plaza. 

The fireworks display begins at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, with live music starting at 1 p.m. The event draws a HUGE crowd, so it is suggested that visitors arrive a couple hours early in order to get a good viewing spot. Only the first 3,000 people will be able to see the fireworks from the Wharf area of Channelside.

Whiting Station is across from Ft. Brooke parking garage
Officials suggest taking the TECO Line Streetcar to avoid the congestion and parking hassle that Channelside will face with thousands converging on the area. 

Suggested parking garages are the Palm Avenue garage in Ybor City or the Ft. Brooke garage in downtown, both garages are less than a block from the TECO Line Streetcar System.  Click here for an interactive map of downtown/Ybor City showing the location of the parking garages to the streetcar line.

The TECO Line Streetcar System is extending service until 11 p.m. on Independence Day.

For more information on the Channelside Fireworks Spectacular, visit www.channelsidebayplaza.com 

Visit www.tecolinestreetcar.org for TECO Line Streetcar System hours, fares and schedules.