Tuesday, December 20, 2016

How to Get Around Tampa During The Outback Bowl!

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

HART and the TECO Line Streetcar System would like to welcome all the University of Florida and University of Iowa coaches, players and fans to Tampa for the 2017 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, 8, 9, 12, 18, 46, and the TECO Line Streetcar
  • International Plaza (Shopping) - 15, 30
  • Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) - Route 6
  • Amalie Arena - Route 8, The In-Towner, TECO Line Streetcar
  • David A. Straz Jr. Center - 7, 10, 14, The In-Towner
  • Tampa Convention Center - Route 4, 19, In-Towner, TECO Line Streetcar
  • Tampa Museum of Art - Routes 7, 10, 14, In-Towner
  • Tampa Theatre - Route 4, 8, 19, 30, 46, In-Towner
  • Glazer's Children Museum - Routes 7, 10, 14, In-Towner
  • University of South Florida - Routes 5, 6, 18, MetroRapid
  • Westshore Plaza (Shopping) - Routes 15, 30, 45, HARTFlex South Tampa
  • Raymond James Stadium (Home of the Outback Bowl) - Routes 7, 32, 36, 41, 45
Only $2.00 for a one-way ride! Planning to travel multiple days? A 3-day Visitor Unlimited HARTride card is your best bet at only $11.75 and valid on all HART local buses, MetroRapid, In-Towner and the TECO Line Streetcar System. Visit www.goHART.org for fares, maps, and schedules.


Get real-time HART arrival information and trip planning by downloading the OneBusAway Tampa app!

Pay your fare and travel between HART and PSTA (in Pinellas) with the Flamingo Fares app!

 The FREE In-Towner is a rubber-wheel trolley that operates on a 15-minute frequency (30-minute on Saturday), serving popular locations in downtown Tampa. Weekday service operates 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.; NYE Saturday service from 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.

The TECO Line Streetcar at Dick Greco Plaza
TECO Line Streetcar System: The streetcar line runs on rails that connects Ybor City, The Channel District, and Downtown Tampa. It operates 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. Saturdays; Noon - 8 p.m. on Sunday. Streetcar Operators do not provide change.

FREE* New Year's Eve Service

Spending the New Year in Tampa? The TECO Line Streetcar System will operate until 1:30 a.m. to serve those attending the Fireworks Display at Channelside Bay Plaza. The Streetcar will be FREE to ride on NYE after 7 p.m. Avoid the traffic and parking hassle in the Channel District!

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

Flying out? Route 30 runs between downtown and Tampa International Airport every 30 minutes on weekdays and weekends. Service begins at 4:30 a.m. through midnight during the week and 6:30 a.m. to midnight 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, MetroRapid, In-Towner and the TECO Line Streetcar System.

Have a great time watching the Gators and the Hawkeyes in the New Year's Day showdown and enjoy all that Tampa has to offer!

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