Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Take The Streetcar FREE to Channelside July 4th Fireworks!

Channelside July 4th fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m.
FREE rides to the Channelside Bay Plaza 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular! The TECO Line Streetcar System will operate from noon-midnight on Monday, with free fares beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The TECO Line Streetcar System is providing

The fireworks display begins at 9:00 p.m., with live music starting earlier in the day. The event draws a HUGE crowd, so it is suggested that visitors arrive a couple hours early in order to get a good viewing spot. Only the first 3,500 people will be able to see the fireworks from the Wharf area of Channelside, with wristbands being handed out.

Channelside Bay Plaza is located at Amalie Arena Station
Officials suggest taking The TECO Line Streetcar System to avoid congestion and limited parking that Channelside will experience with thousands converging on the area.

Don't worry about getting stranded! The TECO Line Streetcar System has service until midnight for Independence Day to ensure you get to your car safely!

Suggested parking garages are the Palm Avenue garage in Ybor City or the Ft. Brooke garage in downtown, both garages are less than a block from the TECO Line Streetcar System.  Click here for an interactive map of downtown/Ybor City showing the location of the parking garages to the streetcar line.

HART Bus and Van service will be operating on a Sunday schedule in observance of Independence Day.

For more information on the Channelside Fireworks Spectacular, visit www.channelsidebayplaza.com.
   
Visit TECOlinestreetcar.org for TECO Line Streetcar System fares, maps and schedules.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Route of the Week: Route 32

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 on the Route 32! The route operates primarily along M.L. King Jr. Blvd., between West Tampa Transfer Center and Netp@rk Transfer Center. Weekday service operates from 4:35 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. and Weekend service from 7:05 a.m. - 10:05 p.m.

Route 32 is currently averaging over 40,000 monthly trips, which is currently in the top tier of HART routes!

Those interested in Route 32 as a commuting option will be happy to know that the Route 32 serves a number of employers, including:


Netp@rk Tampa Bay Office Complex is served by Route 32!
  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
  • Netp@rk Tampa Bay (School Board of Hillsborough County, Humana Medical Plan, Inc., Baycare Health System, Inc., etc.)
  • Citigroup Technology
  • Pepin Distributors
  • Convergys
  • Coca-Cola Enterprises
  • Florida Hospital - Tampa
  • St. Joseph's Hospital
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
  • Shriner's Hospital for Children
  • James A. Haley VA Hospital
  • MasTec Energy Training Center

Interested in less work, and more play? Route 32 also has you covered!

Hop off at Orient Rd./Draper Pl. for the Seminole Hard Rock!


Whether for work, or leisure, HART Takes You There.

Monday, June 27, 2016

HART Achieves Prestigious Environmental & Sustainability Certification!



HART is 1 of 13 transit agencies in US to be ISO 14001 certified
HART recently received an official ISO 14001 Certification for its Environmental Sustainability and Management System (ESMS). Audit firm, DQS Inc., has certified HART as one of only 13 transit agencies in the country and the only transit system in Florida to achieve International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) 14001 Standard.

Sounds good, right? But, what does it mean?

Jeff Seward, HART Chief Financial Officer explains.

"Developing an ISO 14001 certified Environmental and Sustainability Management System (ESMS) program provides assurance to our community, stakeholders, and employees that our operations and services are environmentally friendly. Now that we're certified, the ESMS also provides a framework for us to continuously take steps to reduce pollution and continually improve our environmental footprint on the Tampa Bay region."

HART began work to achieve this certification in 2013 when it was accepted to the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) ISO 14001 EMS Institute at Virginia Tech University. A two-year program, the academy is designed to help transit agencies develop and implement an ESMS, using the ISO 14001 Standard. ISO is an independent, non-governmental organization that brings together experts to share knowledge and develop standards that provide solutions to global challenges such as environmental management.

Our ESMS provides improved internal controls
These management tools enable an organization to control the environmental impact of its activities and represent a structured approach to setting environmental objectives and targets. Fulfilling the requirements of the standard demands objective evidence which can be audited to demonstrate that the environmental management system is operating effectively in conformance with the standard. Benefits include higher conformance with legislative and regulatory requirements, improved efficiency, minimized risk of regulatory and environmental fines, reductions in waste and consumption of resources, and better internal controls.

The FTA has sponsored four ESMS academies, each with a class of 10 transit agencies. Of those, 13 have gone on to become ISO 14001 certified and HART is the only one in Florida, placing it in the upper echelon of transit agencies that have made a commitment to the environment.

In terms of ridership, the other thirteen transit systems are diverse. Several transit agencies are close to our size; Foothill Transit in California provided more than 14 million rides in 2015. Sound Transit in Seattle is over twice our size and provides 28 million rides a year; Lane Transit District (LTD) in Oregon provides an average of 11 million rides a year. Another peer with the certification is the nation's third largest transit provider, Los Angeles Metro, which provided 453 million boardings in 2015. Agencies of all sizes are making the commitment. Pursuing this level of environmental performance makes for a safer, cleaner environment.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Route of the Week: Route 14

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 shine the spotlight on Route 14! Operating between Marion Transit Center and Yukon Transfer Center, Route 14 provides Weekday service from 5:05 a.m. - 8:25 p.m. and Saturday service from 6:35 a.m. - 8:50 p.m.

 Route 14 serves a great mix of residential, educational, entertainment, and employment centers.

Accusoft is just one of the major employers served by Route 14
Commuters may be interested that Route 14 serves a host of employers including: Florida Department of Children & Families, Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance, Accusoft, St. Joseph's Hospital, WEDU PBS, and The University of Tampa.

Those looking to grab a bite to eat, or enjoy some family fun, may be interested in stops at The Straz Center, Tampa Museum of Art, Glazer Children's Museum, El Chuzo BBQ, Gino's Restaurant & Bar, La Pequena ColombiaPin Chasers, United Skates of America, and more! As you can see, a number of Tampa's cultural destinations are served by Route 14.

HART Summer Blast Pass is back and only $25!
We can't forget about students. Route 14 serves students from middle and high school (Adams Middle School, Chamberlain High School, Blake High School, Tampa Preparatory High School), all the way through college (The University of Tampa, Brewster Technical College). Better yet, ages 5-18 can purchase a HART Summer Blast Pass for only $25, and receive unlimited rides until August 31!

UT and Brewster students receive 25% off on a 31-day pass from their respective institutions.

From Brewster to Broadway, HART Takes You There.




Friday, June 17, 2016

Take HART to Summer Camp Fun!

Schools are out, the days are long, and the weather is hot! It must be Summer Camp season.

Camps are a great way for children to socialize
From arts and crafts, to water sports, Hillsborough County, City of Tampa and Temple Terrace summer camps provide a variety of entertainment to keep children active throughout the summer!

Summer camps are a great way for children to learn life skills such as, teamwork, resilience, and decision making.

County and City camps are open to youth, with camps segmented by age group. Specialty "themed" camps providing a program revolving around a specific category (i.e. sports) are available.

So, now that you have the camp picked out, what about transportation? That's where we come in!

HART is a great way to chauffeur your child to summer fun! HART serves the majority of camp facilities. Simply use the HART Trip Planner to see if a route serves your child's camp.

So you have a location and a route in mind. What next?

There are a couple ways to get acquainted with the HART system!

In the How to Ride HART video below, we hop on board with a few Jefferson High School students. The video provides an overview from planning your trip, using OneBusAway Tampa for real-time HART information, finding your bus stop, Bikes on Buses program, and more.


HART also provides a Travel Training program. We understand how intimidating using HART for the first time can be. That's why we're here to help! A HART transit professional will provide step-by-step instructions on how use the Transit Guide, reading schedules, etc. As an added bonus, the first trip with the Travel Trainer is FREE. Call 813-384-6307 to schedule a Travel Training. Sessions are available in English and Spanish.

You are all set!


For only $25, Hillsborough County Youth (ages 5-18) receive unlimited rides on HART until August 31 with the HART Summer Blast Pass. That's almost 3 months of rides for less than the cost of a 31-day pass!

From summer jobs, to summer camps, HART Takes You There.

Visit www.goHART.org for more information on HART.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dump the Pump with HART!

Save $ and the planet by "Dumping the Pump" Thursday!
With the continued fluctuation of gas prices, HART is joining public transportation agencies across the country by participating in the 11th Annual "National Dump the Pump Day" on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

We know more than 50,000 daily riders make a commitment to "Dump the Pump" each weekday by taking HART. They know riding HART is a more productive commute, that also reduces air pollution and saves money on gas.

HART wants to see how you "Dump the Pump" during your commute. 

HART is inviting passengers to show their support of public transit by taking a picture of themselves whether it is riding the bus, carpooling, walking, biking or even telecommuting! Upload a photo of yourself showing how you dumped the pump to social media with the hashtag #DumpThePump.

Taking transit saves money on gas, wear and tear on a vehicle, relieves traffic congestion, creates cleaner air and gives you extra time to text, or just relax.

Help spread the word about the many benefits of riding public transportation!

Some Quick Facts:

Public Transportation provides economic opportunities, drives community growth and revitalization.
Over 50k trips taken on HART daily!
  • Nearly 60 percent of the trips taken on public transit are work commutes.
  • Every $1 billion invested in public transportation supports and creates more than 50,000 jobs.
  • Residential property values performed 42 percent better on average if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service.

Saving fuel, time and money

Riding public transportation is an economical way to save money. The latest APTA Transit Savings Report shows that a two person household that downsizes to one car can save - on the average - more than $9,377 a year. Access to the HART transit network, gives people transportation to work, go to school, and travel to medical and other appointments.

Environmental Benefits

Public transportation systems help to create a healthier environment by reducing pollutants and greenhouses gases. Research from APTA shows that public transportation reduces carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons and saves the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline in the United States annually. Locally, HART provided more than 14,900,000 trips in fiscal year 2015.

#DumpThePump

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Route of the Week: HARTFlex Brandon

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 feature our first HARTFlex route - HARTFlex Brandon!

First, let's take a look at how HARTFlex service differs from traditional fixed-route service.

HARTFlex offers walk-up or reservation service
Like fixed-route service, HARTFlex operates along a designated route (as indicated by the dark blue line with arrows in the map below). Walk-up service is available by waiting at designated HARTFlex stops along the route.

However, unlike fixed-route service, HARTFlex also provides the option of "flexing" from the route within the outlined zone. Patrons wanting to be picked up or dropped off outside the designated route, can make an advanced reservation. HARTFlex reservations may be made by calling 813-254-4278 anywhere from 2 hours, to 3 days in advance of your trip. Fares are $1.00 per trip, or $2.00 for an all-day HARTFlex pass.

HARTFlex Brandon operates Monday - Saturday, with the first weekday trip leaving Westfield Brandon Mall at 6:00 a.m. and last trip at 7:00 p.m. First trip on Saturday leaves Westfield Brandon Mall at 8:00 a.m. and last trip at 8:00 p.m.

Leaving Westfield Brandon Mall, HARTFlex operates along Providence Rd. to Lakewood Dr., where riders can grab a signature Italian beef sandwich at the recently opened famous Chicago eatery, Portillo's.

The route makes a right onto Moon Ave. serving Brandon Regional Hospital workers, or those with non-emergencies. Brandon Regional Library and Clayton Park visitors can board at the HARTFlex stop at Vonderburg Dr. and Bowing Oak Dr.

O'Briens Irish Pub, and the J.C. Handly Sports Complex, are primary destinations as HARTFlex Brandon heads south along Kings Ave. O'Briens being a Brandon hotspot, while J.C. Handly is a HART Park-n-Ride, providing connection to routes 25X or 27LX.

The Stein & Vine has a neighborhood feel!
Turning right onto Bloomingdale Ave., patrons can check out one of Brandon's hidden gems, The Stein & Vine. Unassuming on the outside, the restaurant has a menu that changes daily, and an atmosphere that can't be beat!

Further along Bloomingdale Ave., HARTFlex patrons have a number of options at Winthrop Town Centre. Built as a marketplace destination for suburbanites, the retail center has a number of restaurant options from Moe's Southwest Grill and Acropolis Taverna, to farm-to-table concept Boca Kitchen Bar and Market.

HARTFlex Brandon loops back around to Providence Rd., with a number of apartments, single family homes, and townhouses within reach of Flex.

From Portillo's, to Park-n-Rides, HART Takes You There.



HART Flex Brandon Map