Friday, September 28, 2018

Lyft Partners with HART to Challenge Tampa Residents to Ditch Their Cars!

HART has partnered with Lyft to challenge Tampa residents to ditch their cars!

Ridesharing has already changed the way Americans depend on owning a car and how we get around cities – but now it’s time to take an even bolder step toward creating a new future of mobility. Today, Lyft is announcing Ditch Your Car, a program in Tampa offering residents nearly $500 of transportation credit to give up their cars for 30 days from Oct. 8 to Nov. 6 in favor of getting around town via Lyft rides, Zipcar and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART).

Starting September 26, Tampa residents will be able to register at for the opportunity to receive credit towards Lyft, HART and Zipcar. Enter by 2:59 a.m. October 1, 2018 to be eligible.

"The way that people move around cities is changing faster than ever, and we are excited to challenge Tampa residents to change their everyday habits and give up their car for a month,” said Sam Cohen, General Manager for Lyft Florida. “Lyft alone is not the overall solution to overcome transportation hurdles, but by partnering with HART and Zipcar we are able to create mobility options for Tampa residents.”

“The Lyft and HART partnership is reflective of the changing mobility landscape and how transit agencies can adopt new technology to enhance the travel experience for Tampa residents throughout the city,” said HART Interim CEO, Jeff Seward. “We are always exploring innovative methods to improve service and transport customers throughout the region more efficiently and effectively.”

“Every day, more and more people ditch their personal cars in Tampa and instead use a range of mobility options to get around from car sharing to ride hailing,” said Smokey West, Zipcar Regional General Manager, Mid-Atlantic/Southeast. “We’re excited to join Lyft in this fun 30-day challenge that’ll encourage even more Tampa residents to go car-free. At Zipcar, we’re big fans of any effort to make it easier to live without a personal car.”

Here’s how it works:
  1. Sign up here for a chance to be 1 of 50 lucky winners to participate in Ditch Your Car.
  2. Once chosen for the challenge, you’ll receive an email with the details of the program — including transportation credits!
  3. Transportation credits include:a.  Lyft credit (valued at $300)
    b.  Zipcar one month membership & application (valued at $32) + $100 drive credit
    c.  One month Flamingo pass including HART bus and TECO Line Streetcar System (valued at $65).
  4. The Challenge starts October 8 and ends November 6.
Since day one, Lyft believed cities should be built around people, not cars or parking lots. Using a mix of multi-modal options, it’s possible to rework cities and ditch personal cars. Lyft is committed to being a part of the solution to reduce congestion, carbon footprint and the pain points of personal car ownership in Tamp.

Monday, September 17, 2018

The HART MVP Express Launches November 11!

The MVP Express launches Nov. 11!

Be the MVP of your tailgate on the HART MVP Express!

Launching November 11, 2018, the HART MVP Express takes you closer to the action with round-trip shuttle service to Tampa Bay Buccaneers games.

The MVP Express will serve the following Tampa Bay Buccaneers games:
  • 11/11/18 - vs. Washington Redskins
  • 11/25/18 - vs. San Francisco 49ers
  • 12/02/18 - vs. Carolina Panthers
  • 12/09/18 - vs. New Orleans Saints
  • 12/30/18 - vs. Atlanta Falcons

How the MVP Express Works   

Before the game
HART MVP Express service is just $10 round-trip and begins at 10:30 a.m. for 1:00 p.m. kickoffs and three hours ahead of all other kickoffs.  

Fans can park at four convenient locations (open beginning at 10:00 a.m.) around Hillsborough County:

  • Plant High School - South Tampa - 2415 S. Himes Ave.
  • King High School - Temple Terrace - N. 56th St. and Sligh Ave.
  • Alonso High School - Town 'N Country - 8302 Montague St.
  • Westshore Transfer Center - Westshore Blvd., south of Spruce St.
Parking sites will open at 10:00 AM. MVPs will be dropped off and picked up at the West Tampa Transfer Center, located across the street from Raymond James Stadium.

After the game

Return service begins in the fourth quarter and continues for two hours after game end.

Fans can now park, gather together at meeting points across Hillsborough County, and travel to and from the game together in a hassle-free environment.

This relaxing and fun trip provides fans the opportunity to participate in all of the gameday festivities – without the frustrations of driving and game traffic.

Things to Know:

  • Fans using the HART MVP Express must follow the NFL bag policy and only bring clear, see-through bags (12” x 6” x 12” max) to the game. Belongings cannot be stored on the shuttle during the game.
  • HART is piloting this shuttle service to gauge interest in long-term service. The MVP Express could possibly expand to serve other sporting events including the Tampa Bay Lightning, The Outback Bowl, Super Bowl, etc.
Tackle gameday traffic with the MVP Express! Go Bucs!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The TECO Line Streetcar is Now Fare Free!

The TECO Line Streetcar will soon be fare free
The TECO Line Streetcar System is now fare free!

HART has been awarded $2.7 million in grant funding from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) that will support extending TECO Line Streetcar service hours, increasing frequency, and providing free rides to customers for the next three years.

"We want to first thank FDOT District Seven Secretary David Gwynn and his team for their continued support of HART. This funding will be a major step forward for HART to be able to continue delivering essential TECO Line Streetcar service for the City of Tampa," said HART Interim CEO, Jeff Seward. "Enhanced streetcar service will better connect downtown Tampa and historic Ybor City, giving residents and tourists another commuter option, as they travel around downtown for business or leisure." 

Streetcar service effective October 07, 2018
On October 7, 2018, the $2.7 million grant allowed HART to increase Streetcar service from every 20 minutes to every 15 minutes from 7 AM - 7 PM on weekdays and provide extended service hours throughout the week. The increased streetcar service will improve mobility and access by affording residents access to additional job opportunities, and provide enhanced connectivity in downtown, the Channel District, and Ybor City.

The enhanced streetcar service will accomplish multiple goals; however, the primary objective is to add another mobility and connectivity option for residents, employees, and visitors in downtown Tampa and the city at large. With planned extensions, the Streetcar will also create a vital connection between downtown and neighborhoods and further spread the vibrancy and development that is currently being seen in the downtown area. The Streetcar Extension Study from Downtown Tampa to Tampa Heights, also funded by FDOT, is currently in project development to pursue federal funding.

"This grant funding gives the TECO Line Streetcar System the opportunity to be a more viable transportation option for residents and tourists in Tampa. As wait lists for downtown parking increase, and Water Street construction gets underway, the TECO Line Streetcar becomes an invaluable travel option for those living and working in downtown and historic Ybor City. This could be a game changer for transportation in downtown Tampa." said Tampa Historic Streetcar, Inc. (THS) President Michael English.

The FDOT grant will help boost ridership and increase efficiency of the TECO Line Streetcar System, providing greater opportunity for the Authority to provide a commuter service that meets the growing needs of Tampa's downtown community.