Wednesday, January 4, 2017

HART and the TECO Line Streetcar is Your Ride to the National Championship!

Welcome to Tampa!
HART and the TECO Line Streetcar System would like to welcome the University of Alabama and Clemson University and their fans to Tampa for the 2017 National Championship game!

Whether or not you are attending the Big Game, Downtown Tampa, Ybor, and beyond, will be BUSY this weekend with a mix of visitors and residents enjoying the festivities. Officials stress Downtown parking will be limited and heavy traffic is expected. Take transit!

But how? We understand challenges in attempting to navigate the local public transportation scene without an idea on how to get there. To make it easier, 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:
(Routes may occasionally go on detour due to event road closures)
  • Busch Gardens - Route(s) 5, 18, 39
  • Lowry Park Zoo - Route(s) 41, 45
  • Florida Aquarium (Taste of the Championship) - Route 8, the TECO Line Streetcar
  • Channelside Bay Plaza (Dining, retail, Splitsville) - Route 8, the TECO Line Streetcar
  • Ybor City Historic District (Centro Ybor) - Route(s) 8, 5, 8, 9, 12, 18, 46, and the TECO Line Streetcar
  • Curtis Hixon Park (Playoff Playlist Live) - Route(s) 7,10,14, In-Towner, the TECO Line Streetcar
  • International Plaza (Shopping) - Route(s) 15, 30
  • Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) - Route 6
  • Amalie Arena (CFP Media Day) - Route 8, The In-Towner, TECO Line Streetcar
  • David A. Straz Jr. Center - Route(s) 7, 10, 14, The In-Towner
  • Tampa Convention Center (Playoff Fan Central) - Route(s) 4,19, In-Towner, TECO Line Streetcar
  • Tampa Museum of Art - Route(s) 7, 10, 14, In-Towner
  • Tampa Theatre - Route(s) 4, 8, 19, 30, 46, In-Towner
  • Glazer's Children Museum - Route(s) 7, 10, 14, In-Towner
  • University of South Florida - Route(s) 5, 6, 18, MetroRapid
  • Westshore Plaza (Shopping) - Route(s) 15, 30, 45, HARTFlex South Tampa
  • Raymond James Stadium (Home of the National Championship game) - Route(s) 7, 32, 36, 41, 45 (Please note: The West Tampa Transfer Center is closed a few hours before kickoff)
Visit www.goHART.org for fares, maps, and schedules.

RIDER TIPS:
Only $4.00 for a 1-day unlimited ride pass on HART! The TECO Line Streetcar will be FREE from Friday, Jan. 6th - Monday, Jan. 9th.

Pay your Streetcar fare with the Flamingo Fares app!
Planning to travel multiple days? Download the Flamingo Fares app! Travel between HART, the TECO Line Streetcar, and PSTA (Pinellas) for only $11 with the 3-day Regional Fare Pass. Pay your fare via the Flamingo Fares app and never worry about exact change! App is available for Android and iOS.

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

The FREE In-Towner operates Downtown
In-Towner:  The FREE In-Towner is a rubber-wheel trolley that operates on a 9-10 minute frequency, serving downtown parking garages and popular locations. In-Towner service is extended this weekend for the College Football Playoff.

In-Towner Hours:

Friday: 6:00 - 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 - 12:00 a.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 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. The Streetcar will operate FREE Friday-Monday!

TECO Line Streetcar System Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m
Friday: 7 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Sunday: Noon - 1 a.m. on Sunday (service extended on Sunday for the College Football Playoff).

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.

Enjoy your time in Tampa, we are always here if you have any questions!

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