Saturday, December 28, 2013

Kick off the New Year with the TECO Line Streetcar!

Firework display scheduled at Midnight
The Tampa skyline will light up Tuesday night in celebration of the New Year with thousands watching from Channelside and the Riverwalk.

The fireworks can be seen from a number of locations along the river, but the party will be at Channelside. The 11th Annual "Light Up Tampa Bay" begins at 6 p.m. with hours of DJs spinning in the courtyard.

The TECO Line Streetcar System is your best bet to avoid the expected traffic and parking nightmare. Park in Ybor and take the streetcar to Channelside (Hop off at the Tampa Tribune Station) or the Riverwalk (HSBC Station or Dick Greco Plaza). The streetcar will operate until 1 a.m. (Channelside fireworks display scheduled to begin at Midnight). Click here for a map of the Downtown network of services, including streetcar and HART local service.

Should you plan on driving to the festivities...

American Automobile Association (AAA) offers a complimentary "Tipsy Tow" service for those that might have had too much holiday "cheer" this year. The service is available to everyone, meaning you don't have to be a AAA member. Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (you might want to save this number in your phone now) and a tow truck will come out and tow you and your car home safely - for FREE.  AAA has received over 28,000 "Tipsy Tow" service calls since inception in 1998. Click here for more information on the program.

Whether you're enjoying your New Year's Eve with us or not, please be SAFE! 

New Year's Eve Service:

HART is operating on a Tuesday schedule for New Year's Eve. HART Customer Service Centers at University Area Transit Center and Marion Transit Center will be open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. All other HART offices will be closed.

HART Customer Service will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can be reached at (813) 254-4278.

New Year's Day Service:

HART is operating on a normal Sunday schedule for New Year's Day. HART Customer Service Centers at University Area Transit Center, HART on Franklin and Marion Transit Center will be closed. All other HART offices will be closed.

HART Customer Service will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at (813) 254-4278.

Click here for a rundown on what services will be in operation. 

The HART Administrative Office in Ybor will also be closed on Wednesday in observance of the New Year.

Safe travels in 2014!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Outback Bowl 2014: Welcome to Tampa, LSU and Iowa fans!

Decorations will soon start coming down and holiday broadcasts are now returning to regularly scheduled programming. The holiday season is almost over. Keyword being, almost, because we're not done yet!

New Year's Eve is coming up and we've got a big time college football bonanza to bring in the New Year!

Welcome to Tampa for the Outback Bowl!

HART and the TECO Line Streetcar System would like to welcome all the LSU and University of Iowa coaches, players and fans to Tampa for the 2014 Outback Bowl!

We understand the difficulties in attempting to navigate the local public transportation scene without an idea on what to see and do and how to get there. So, we created this guide that breaks down some of Tampa's best attractions and how to get there with HART and the TECO Line Streetcar!

Use HART to get to the following Tampa attractions and avoid the parking hassles:
  • Busch Gardens - Routes 5, 18, 39
  • Lowry Park Zoo - Routes 41, 45
  • Florida Aquarium - Route 8, the TECO Line Streetcar
  • Channelside Bay Plaza (Dining, retail, Splitsville) - Route 8, the TECO Line Streetcar
  • Ybor City Historic District (Centro Ybor) - Routes 8, 5, 12, the TECO Line Streetcar
  • International Plaza (Shopping) - 15, 30, 59LX
  • Lowry Park Zoo - Routes 41, 45
  • Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) - Route 6
  • Tampa Bay Times Forum - Route 8, In-Town Trolley, TECO Line Streetcar
  • David A. Straz Jr. Center - In-Town Trolley, TECO Line Streetcar
  • Tampa Convention Center - Route 4, 19, In-Town Trolley, TECO Line Streetcar
  • Tampa Museum of Art - Routes 7, 10, 14, In-Town Trolley
  • Tampa Theatre - Route 4, 8, 19, 30, In-Town Trolley
  • Glazer's Children Museum - Routes 7, 10, 14, In-Town Trolley
  • University of South Florida - Routes 5, 6, 18
  • Westshore Plaza (Shopping) - Routes 15, 30, 45
  • Raymond James Stadium (Home of the Outback Bowl) - Routes 7, 32, 36, 45

Only $2.00 for a one-way ride!
Flying out? Route 30 runs between downtown and Tampa International Airport every 30 minutes on weekdays and weekends. Service begins at 4:40 a.m. through midnight during the week and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekends.

A 3-day Visitor Unlimited HARTride card is your best bet at only $11.75 and valid on all HART local buses, In-Town Trolley and the TECO Line Streetcar System.

Things to know about the In-Town Trolley and TECO Line Streetcar System:
  • In-Town Trolley: The In-Town Trolley is a rubber-wheeled vehicle, that makes stops at popular locations in downtown Tampa weekdays, 6 - 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 - 6 p.m.  The line operate on a 15-minute frequency and costs only 25¢!

  • TECO Line Streetcar System: The streetcar line runs on rails that connects Ybor City, Channelside and Downtown Tampa. It operates 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and Noon - 8 p.m. on Sunday. Streetcar Operators do not provide change.

It's easy to plan your own trip! Visit to use the Google Trip Planner feature or call 813-254-HART (4278).

Click here for a map of downtown Tampa's network of public transportation service, including streetcar stops, In-Town Trolley service and HART bus routes.

New Year's Eve Service

Spending the New Year in Tampa? The TECO Line Streetcar System will operate until 20 minutes after the Fireworks Display in Channelside, which is scheduled to start at 12:00 Midnight.

Have a great time watching the Tigers (for the first time in Tampa in over 25 years) take on the Hawkeyes in the New Year's Day showdown and enjoy all that Tampa has to offer!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Packing HART buses for the holidays!

HART has spent the last few years packing on the ridership. However, with the holidays upon us, we're trying to pack the buses... with TOYS!

Local on-air personalities, Ratboy and StayPuff from 93.3 FLZ have teamed up with HART for the annual Stuff-a-Bus toy drive!

A HART bus is parked at the Westfield Brandon Shopping Center parking lot across from the Sears Auto Center located at 459 Brandon Town Center, Brandon, FL, 33511, until Saturday at 7 p.m.

93.3 FLZ has been broadcasting live each night from the HART buses, as RatBoy and StayPuff live on-site the entire week. Other 93.3 FLZ personalities have been dropping by throughout the week to share some of the bus duties.

The gifts do not have to cost an arm and a leg to be worthy of donation. Anything is appreciated, as long as the gift is in new and unwrapped condition! The toys will benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program to help Tampa Bay area families in need this holiday season!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Downtown on Ice is back!

Get out of the heat and into the rink this winter! Experience the best of both worlds at Tampa's Downtown on Ice at Curtis Hixon Park. Enjoy 90 minutes of ice skating for only $10! No age limit on the ice and skate rentals are included in the price.

The rink opened on November 21 and will remain open until January 5. Open daily, the rink closes at 9 or 10 p.m., depending on the day of the week.

Overtime: Make it a night in Ybor with a streetcar ride for only $5 all day or the Family Pass, valid for 2 adults and up to 3 children or 1 adult and up to 4 children for only $12.50!

Click here for more information on Downtown on Ice.
Happy Holidays!