Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Route of the Week: MetroRapid

MetroRapid N-S is $2.00 one-way; $4.00 all-day
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!

The blog goes GREEN this week, as MetroRapid North-South is our featured Route of the Week!

Launched in 2013, MetroRapid was the first public transit service of its kind in Florida. The service features fewer stops, high frequency, and advanced technology, such as Transit Signal Priority, to help travelers get to their destinations quickly and conveniently. MetroRapid also features new, modern stations with off-board vending and bike racks.

MetroRapid operates every 15 minutes between Marion Transit Center and University Area Transit Center, with service every 30 minutes out to the Hidden River Regional Park-n-Ride. Riders can catch the lime green service Monday-Friday from 5:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

One of the best parts about the service? It is priced the SAME as local fixed-route service - $2.00 one-way; $4.00 for an all-day pass!

USF Riverfront Park houses a ropes course
University of South Florida (USF) students will LOVE that MetroRapid is included in the HART U-Pass program, where USF students ride FREE with their valid student ID! MetroRapid serves the Tampa campus with 4 stations along Fletcher Ave. The Claw at USF and Lettuce Lake Park are served by these stops as well. MetroRapid North-South also provides a valuable connection to the USF Riverfront Park, where Students and Alumni can kayak, play disc golf, etc.

Hungry from the Ropes Course and disc golf? MetroRapid serves Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, The Mermaid Tavern, and two local landmarks, in the original Taco Bus, and Three Coins Diner. Comfort food, traditional Mexican, and more, just a short ride away.

Work in Hidden River/Telecom Park area? MetroRapid serves both corporate centers with 9 stops, including our Hidden River Regional Park-n-Ride. The Park-n-Ride lot provides FREE parking for Pasco County/New Tampa (among others) commuters heading to work in Downtown Tampa. MetroRapid provides a roughly 15% travel-times savings along the corridor.

Interesting in commuting to Downtown via MetroRapid? Ask your employer if they participate in our Corporate Transit Program! Federal law entitles all U.S. employers to a completely tax-deductible business expense of up to $255 per employee per month toward the cost of using public transportation. Call 813-384-6434 to inquire about participating.

From kayaking, to studying, HART Takes You There.

MetroRapid N-S operates between Marion Transit Center and Hidden River Regional Park-n-Ride

1 comment:

  1. The buses that service the International Airport are so old & extremely outdated. The new buses were made over the airport height limit, and even the Metro buses are more appealing but they only service the least appealing side of Tampa - is this how we really want to represent Tampa? HART should be the front runner in capturing & enticing the immediate attention of NEW comers to want to frequently use public transportation and help eliminate the traffic overflow in a city which is growing so rapidly. HART needs to rejuvenate the buses on Route 30 as well as any buses that connect with the Airport bus. Desperately needed are for later times, partial Sundays and more frequent usage for Route 16 Waters Ave ( which is now a vital artery of the city) for those earlier/later travelers who may want to ride buses instead of expensive cabs(visitors have the money HART should cash in by offering a more affordable alternative). The service
    really needs to be revamped for Route 30 since its essentially is the bloodline/gateway to this cities future.


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