Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Route of the Week: Route 2

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!

This week, we take a trip down Nebraska Ave. along the Route 2!

Route 2 was one of the 1st routes to extend to midnight/weekend
Route 2 operates from Downtown Tampa to the University of South Florida area via Nebraska Ave. The route provides Monday-Sunday service with weekday hours from 4:25 a.m. - 12:15 a.m. and weekend hours from 5:15 a.m. - 12:15 a.m.

The More You Know. The Route 2 corridor has historically been known for its transit roots. Service along the corridor dates back to the old Tampa Bus Company and before that, streetcars operated throughout the area. Fast forward over 50 years, and route 2 was actually the first HART route to go over 1 million annual passengers.

Operating along one of Tampa's oldest corridors, Route 2 serves a number of historical sites, including: Union Station (with connections to Amtrak,) the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, Centro Asturiano De Tampa, Perry Harvey, Sr. Park (recently remodeled), the Sulphur Springs Pool and the Tampa Greyhound Track.

Taco Bus is only a short walk from the Route 2!
Nebraska Ave. has grown steadily over the years as a hot spot, beginning with Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe's inception in 2009. Other destinations in the area along Route 2 include: The Mermaid Tavern, Southern Brewing and Winemaking and of course Taco Bus (no relation).

The Route 2 terminates northbound at the University Area Transit Center, with connections to 12 different routes, including MetroRapid N-S and the USF Bull Runner.

From a Bull Runner bus, to Taco Bus, HART Takes You There.

Route 2 destinations