Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Route of the Week: Route 19

With a diverse service area roughly the size of Rhode Island, Hillsborough County provides a great mix of urban, suburban and rural destinations for our riders. Think about the destinations that you can see and experience with the HART transportation network!

Route 19 is our featured Route of the Week!

The Route 19 operates from Marion Transit Center in Downtown, to Idaho and O'Brien St. in South Tampa. Service operates 7 days a week, with weekday service until midnight.

While not the busiest route in the HART system at 18th in ridership, Route 19 still carried almost 439k trips in FY15! That's thousands of cars off our already congested roadways.

Whether for wellness, business, education, or leisure, Route 19 has you covered!

The Route 19 is a crucial commuting tool for healthcare workers, as it is the sole HART route that serves Tampa General Hospital, and one of two routes (the other being HARTFlex South Tampa) to serve Memorial Hospital. Service is tailored to workers at both hospitals, with service beginning at 4:10 a.m. and coverage for workers until roughly 1:00 a.m.

STAY-cation promotion ends June 10th
Two of Hillsborough County's oldest schools are also served by Route 19. Hop off at Dale Mabry Hwy. and San Carlos St. for Plant High School and Manhattan Ave. and Mango St. (or Rembrandt Dr.) for Robinson High School. For a limited time, Hillsborough County middle and high school students ride HART FREE with their valid student, or HART-issued Youth ID. The promotion runs until June 10.

Those looking to transfer to other routes, can do so at Britton Plaza Transfer Center, with connection to 4, 36, HARTFlex South Tampa, and 100X (operated by PSTA).

Riders looking for entertainment have quite the spread to choose from, thanks to Route 19. Known as "America's only thatched roof pub," Four Green Fields has been a South Tampa nightlife landmark for over 20 years.

Looking to bar hop? Route 19 serves a number of restaurants and entertainment destinations in the SoHo District along S. Howard Ave. or, along Swann Ave. in the Hyde Park Village area.

Lightning and music fans will appreciate the connection to Amalie Arena.

From TGH to SoHo, HART Takes You There.

Route 19 operates between Downtown Tampa and South Tampa

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