Wednesday, November 9, 2016

HART Salutes Veterans, Reservists and Active Military!

HART currently employs 114 men and women Veterans and Reservists
With Veterans Day approaching, HART thanks those who have served in the U.S. military in the past, or continue to serve as part of the National Guard.
HART is recognizing the service of employees who are military veterans during several appreciation events within the agency throughout the week.

HART employs 114 veterans, reservists and active military from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, representing nearly 10% of the workforce, and in honor of their contributions these employees were presented with a thank you card and a pin to commemorate their service. The pin can be worn on the HART uniform as a visible reminder of the sacrifices the veterans and their family members have endured in the service of their country, reminding transit users and the community at large of the depth of their commitment and dedication.

All 114 Veterans & Reservists at HART are featured on the wall clings.
HART has been recognized by community organizations as a military-friendly employer for its efforts to actively recruit veterans. The current workforce consists of veterans who serve across a number of departments and specialties including vehicle operations, vehicle maintenance, revenue planning, safety/security, customer service, and information technology, just to name a few. To further honor our military employees, HART has displayed the names of all veterans within the agency in creative military silhouettes throughout the authority.

During the November HART Board Meeting, board members issued a proclamation to recognize and honor the men and women at HART that have served in the United States Armed Forces. All 114 employees will receive a copy of the proclamation.

In addition, The agency will once again be offering free rides to U.S. military veterans on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2016

Veterans Day HART Service
HART extends this invitation to ride to all members of the armed services, both active and retired, as well as to their family members or dependents. Riders are asked to show a valid military or veterans ID card when boarding any HART bus to qualify for a free ride. This promotion is not valid for use of HARTPlus service or the TECO Line Streetcar System.

On Veterans Day, HART service will operate on a regular Friday service schedule. There will be no service on Veterans Day for Routes 24X and 25LX. Also, the TECO Line Streetcar System will operate on a Friday schedule from 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

The Tampa Bay area has the largest veteran population in Florida, according to a projection made by the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics. As of September 2015, a combined 178,899 veterans live in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.