Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Last MetroRapid East-West Open House is Tonight!

Interested in learning more about MetroRapid East-West?

We're holding the last of three open houses today 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at NetPark for MetroRapid East-West. HART staff will be on site to answer questions and receive public input on the project, which is now in the Project Development and Environmental (PD&E) Study phase. The PD&E phase started in Fall 2011 and is scheduled to be completed by early Fall 2012. The final PD&E report will be presented during an upcoming HART Board meeting, which is open to the public.

MetroRapid will feature 40-ft. low-floor buses
A quick refresher... MetroRapid uses multiple Bus Rapid Transit-esque traits, such as ticket vending machines, traffic signal priority (TSP), high frequencies and enhanced passenger stations.
MetroRapid East-West is proposed to operate between Tampa International Airport and Temple Terrace, providing enhanced service to International Plaza, Westshore Plaza, the West Tampa Transfer Center, Raymond James Stadium, St. Joseph's Hospital and more. MetroRapid East-West is the second corridor of the HART MetroRapid system and it is funded through Early Design.

MetroRapid North-South, the first corridor currently under construction, is a 17.5 mile line that will operate between Telecom Park near the University of South Florida and downtown Tampa at Marion Transit Center. Buses will use TSP technology to shave upwards of 15% off the current travel time along Nebraska and Fletcher Avenues. Paid for by Hillsborough County Community Investment Tax funds, the project is under budget by more than $6 million.

The public is welcome to drop by at any time during the open house.

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