Monday, July 10, 2017

HART FY2018 System Redesign: Carrollwood and University Area

We move northward to the Carrollwood and University Area this week, as we continue to breakdown the HART system redesign.

If you are not aware, HART is undergoing a major system redesign, in which EVERY route will be affected in some way.

Map of Carrollwood and University Area after proposed system redesign in October 2017.

Summary of Changes:

  • Service Additions: 
    • Route 275LX: Proposed all-day service would provide hourly service between University Area Transit Center, Downtown Tampa, and Tampa International Airport.
  • Route 1:
    • Route would increase frequency to every 15 minutes weekdays south of Hillsborough Ave.; every 30 minutes north of Hillsborough Ave., with new stops.
    • Downtown: Route would travel on Florida Ave. and Tampa St. to Whiting St., with new stops.
    • University Area: Route would run along Fletcher Ave., with the area north of Fletcher served by HyperLINK.
    • Yukon Transfer Center: Stop at the center would be moved to Florida Ave.
  • Route 2:
    • Route would be removed and replaced by MetroRapid, which would increase frequency to every 12 minutes weekdays; addition of weekend service.
    • Some current Route 2 stops would be added to MetroRapid. 
  • Route 5:
    • University area: Route would run along Fowler Ave., with new stops
    • North of Fowler: Connections would be available through HyperLINK
    • University area: Stops on USF campus would be served by the USF Bull Runner and HyperLINK

  • Route 6: University area/Temple Terrace: Route would run on 56th St. from Netp@rk Transfer Center to Fletcher Ave., with new stops. USF campus stops would be served by USF Bull Runner and HyperLINK (50th St. would be served by Route 39).
  • Route 9:
    • East Tampa: Route would serve 30th St., starting at Hillsborough Ave., with new stops.
    • Route 16 would serve Waters Ave. stops, Route 1 would serve Florida Ave. stops,and Route 45 would serve Linebaugh/15th St.
    • All stops:  Weekend service would begin an hour earlier – at 6 a.m.
  • Route 12: Route would increase frequency to every 15 minutes weekdays 5 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Route 14:
    • Route would increase frequency to every 30 minutes on weekdays 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
    • Hyde Park: Route would run down Howard/Armenia to Swann (North Blvd. stops would be served by Route 7. Route 30/Kennedy Blvd. would provide access to the Marion Transit Center.)
    • Weekday and Saturday service would start at 6 a.m.
    • Sunday service would be added.
  • Route 16:
    • Route would operate every 30 minutes on weekdays.
    • Sulphur Springs: Route would extend east to Rowlett Park.
    • Sunday service would be added.
    • Saturday service would shift to hourly.
    • Yukon Transfer Center: Route would no longer enter Transfer Center.
  • Route 36: South Tampa: Route would provide service to Britton Plaza Transfer Center and the new all-day express route (360LX) would serve Britton Plaza to MacDill AFB every hour.
  • Route 39:
    • Temple Terrace: Route would be expanded to Harney Road, with new stops • Temple Terrace: Route would split into alternating trips, east of 56th Street:
    1. 50th St./Puritan Rd./Sligh Ave.  2. Davis/Bullard Pkwy.
    • Lowry Park Central: Route would no longer serve Yukon Transfer Center.
    • East Tampa: Service to Netp@rk Transfer Center would be provided by Route 6.
    • David/Bullard Pkwy. portion would run hourly on weekdays and Saturdays.
  • Route 45:
    • East Tampa/University Area: Route would serve Yukon Transfer center, and run on 15th St. between Linebaugh Ave. and University Area Transit Center.
    • North Tampa: Route would run on Florida Ave. between Waters and Linebaugh.
    • Carrollwood: Route would shift from Himes Ave. to Dale Mabry Hwy.University Area: HyperLINK service available within the zone.
  • MetroRapid:
    • Route would increase frequency to every 12 minutes on weekdays; route would combine with Route 2.
    • MetroRapid would now serve some Route 2 stops and operate on the weekend.
  • Route 20X: No changes.

Overall, Carrollwood and the University Area will see service improvements on Route(s) 1,9,12,14,16,39, and MetroRapid, with the addition of an all-day connection to Tampa International Airport, and Northwest Transfer Center in the 275LX.

For those concerned about the lack of service north of Fletcher Ave. We have heard you and are currently reviewing coverage alternatives for this area.

We have tried our best to minimize any coverage loss and to provide alternatives for eliminated service. Should you find yourself in such a situation, a vanpool may make a great option. Visit TBARTA's website for more information.

Take an online survey regarding the HART system redesign!
Please also note, these are proposed changes, that must be approved by the HART Board. A Public Hearing will be held at the HART Administrative Office (1201. E. 7th Ave., Tampa, FL, 33605) on July 26th, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Public comment will be available at that time.

In the meantime, visit to see upcoming meetings, take a survey, share comments and learn more about the HART system redesign process!


  1. Moving routes 1 and 33 to run exsclusively on Bearss Ave and BB Downs Blvd. Is a loss of Ridership Dollars. Given the facts: Of the areas on East end of Bearss ave and bb downs south you have very few riders. As for Hart flex it is priced too high and effectively not on a good time line. As is, it is timed out to effectively serve 1,000s of residence.

  2. I ride the 1 everyday to work from Bearss Ave to UATC. I have ridden for 12 years. How am I supposed to get to work? Now I will not be able to get to work. I am too old to walk. What about all the folks north of Fletcher? Why are you abandoning us? I am a Disabled Combat Veteran. You are abandioning me. You are Discriminating against me and I will use whatever resources I have at my disposal. Do I have to bring a Discrimination Lawsuit against you? How do you plan to accomidate this deficiency. Please note: ignoring this comment will only let me know faster that you have zero plans to accommodate me.

    1. We apologize for the delayed response. This was buried in our comment spam folder.

      The new Route 42 will operate from Bearss Ave. to UATC. Here is a map of the route:

  3. I myself am a little worried about the fact that it will be hard for me to get to work. The 7 bus going downtown was perfect for me in every way. All I had to do was take that one bus and it would leave me in front of my job. Now I would possibly have to take three buses in order to get to work at 7am and I would have to probably wake up at 2am. This is ridiculous, why are doing all these changes just to save money? Well guess what your losing money be cause your losing a lot of customers. WHY DID SOMETHING THAT IS NOT BROKEN?????

    1. What is your starting location and final destination? We might be able to find a suitable alternative.


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