Tuesday, June 11, 2013

HART Ridership Continues Growth in May

HART bus ridership numbers for May are in!
  • Bus ridership for May 2013 is 1,255,586, up 3.5 percent compared to the same month last year.
  • Bus ridership is up 2.8 percent year to date (October 2012 - May 2013), compared to the same months last year.
  • May 6th saw the greatest ridership throughout the month with 53,802 riders choosing HART.
Ridership isn't the only thing going up at Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART). Numbers show HART's new premier bus service is becoming popular among our riders. During its first 4 days of service, MetroRapid ridership was 4,336. A clear indication that our riders are shifting to MetroRapid.

Last week was the last week for Hillsborough County public school students, which means it's time to blast into summer with HART's Summer Blast Pass. (SBP) For just $30, students 17 and under get unlimited rides on HART local bus routes all summer long. HART's SBP is a perfect way to get to summer jobs, the movies, the mall and all of your favorite places. The HART Summer Blast Pass is now on sale, and may be used on any HART local bus route May 13 - Aug. 31. 

Summer Blast Passes are available for purchase at any of the following four HART locations:
  • Downtown Tampa: HART on Franklin, 403 N. Franklin
  • Downtown Tampa: Marion Transit Center, 1211 N. Marion St.
  • University Area: University Area Transit Center, 13110 N. 27th St. 
  • Ybor City: HART Administrative Offices, 1201 E. Seventh Ave.
Summer Blast Pass is not valid for use on HART Express, HARTPlus, or the TECO Line Streetcar System. Proof of age is required at the time of purchase.

Last year nearly 67,134 trips were taken as part of Summer Blast Pass. The purpose of the program is to familiarize youth to consider transit as alternative transportation, and it allows them to travel safely and independently throughout Hillsborough County. 

For more information about HART, visit www.goHART.org 

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