Wednesday, October 30, 2019

HART AT WORK: TECO Line Streetcar Station Closures

Streetcar track construction will begin Nov. 4 through February 2020

TECO Line Streetcar customers will see station closures, due to ballast replacement along the Streetcar right-of-way.

Track construction is anticipated to begin November 4, 2019, and is expected to last through February 2020.

During this time, the TECO Line Streetcar will not operate between Cadrecha Plaza Station and Cumberland Avenue Station Monday - Friday. 


Service will operate regular service (no closures) on Saturday/Sunday, holidays, and during major events.
A free HART bus shuttle will operate from Stations #4 and #7

A free HART bus bridge will operate from Cadrecha Plaza Station (to downtown) and Cumberland Avenue Station (to Ybor City) to connect streetcar customers.

Visit the "Alerts and Detours" page for an updated station closure timeline. 

We apologize for any inconvenience the track work may cause.






Streetcar Station Closure / Bus Shuttle Map


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

HART AT WORK: Marion Transit Center Construction


HART customers will soon notice construction taking place on the roads surrounding our main hub, Marion Transit Center, in downtown Tampa.

The need to fix the roads surrounding Marion Transit Center has existed almost since the transportation hub was opened in 2003.

The project will take place in phases with road construction expected to start the first week of November, pending processing of right-of-way permits.
During the construction, HART customers may notice select bus platforms closed with buses changing boarding platforms. Stay tuned to the HART Alerts & Detours page and HART social channels for updates on construction and the most current boarding platform layout.

The Morgan Street side of Marion Transit Center (including the east platform) will be the first street closed. 

Impacted Routes:
  • Route 5
  • Route 6
  • Route 9
  • Route 12
  • Route 20X (to South Tampa)
  • Route 60LX (to Brandon)
  • Route 360LX (to Brandon)
The project is expected to last roughly four months.


Morgan Street will be the first street under construction


Thursday, September 26, 2019

HART Board Approves FY2020 Budget

Every $1 invested in transit provides $4 return!
The HART Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt the Authority's FY2020 Budget, which will take effect on October 1, 2019.

The $121.5 million spending plan is comprised of capital program and operating tactics that focus our HART's to deliver those Outcomes.

The FY2020 Budget is The Starting Line of the TRANSitFORMATION of HART, focusing on excelling in four key areas:
  • Customer Experience: Customer-centric initiatives, increasing customer satisfaction
    • Key FY2020 Projects: Service improvements, Bus Shelter Improvements and Expansion, Farebox Technology Upgrades, Vehicle Safety Surveillance Modernization & Expansion, Computer-Aided Dispatch/ Automated Vehicle Locator (CAD/AVL) Solution for Paratransit
  • Community Value: Community sentiment, partnerships
    • Key FY2020 Projects: Fleet expansion (including the purchase of 10 electric buses, Compressed Natural Gas buses, Vans, etc.), InVision: Tampa Streetcar Project Development & Engineering / Phase IV Study, Marion Transit Center Facade Repair
  • Employee Success: Organization realignment, engagement, talent development
    • Key FY2020 Projects: Marion Transit Center Renovation, Replacement of Immersion Washing System, Expanding HART Auto Body Capabilities, Administrative Policy Modernization
  • Financial Performance: Financial sustainability, improving service productivity
    • Key FY2020 Projects: Wheel Alignment Equipment, Vehicle Fluid Tracking Software, Diagnostic Technologies for Vehicle Repair, HVAC Replacement

"HART is building a Culture of Excellence," said Benjamin Limmer, HART CEO. "This budget reflects the beginning of that transformation, with an over $121 million investment in public transportation in Hillsborough County".

The Adopted FY2020 Budget does not include All for Transportation Sales Tax Funding. Once AFT funds become available, HART can amend the FY2020 Budget to reflect the additional funding.

Adopted FY2020 Budget "By the Numbers"

  • 8.9% growth in Ad Valorem = $3,970,378
  • Operating Budget is $83,491,758
    • $4,564,016 or 5.8% higher than FY19 Adopted Budget
  • Capital Budget is $37,961,026
    • $5,333,853 or 16.3% higher than the FY19 Adopted Budget 

If you are unable to attend any of the meetings, they now can be viewed live on HART YouTube channel.

Click here to view video recordings from recent HART Board/Committee meetings. 


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

HART and TBFAD Release Call for Artists for "Art on HART" Program

Michael O' Connell's "Soundwaves"
HART is proud to once again partner with the Tampa Bay Foundation for Architecture & Design (TBFAD) on the "Art on HART" program, which transforms a HART bus into a rolling art canvas.

HART and TBFAD have put out a Call for Artists to all Tampa Bay area artists with a passion for architecture, design, and music.

The project is one of TBFAD's community outreach programs, which places artists' one-of-a-kind designs in highly accessible and visible public spaces. 

This year's theme touches on how music influences the world around us while encouraging respect for others. Artists are encouraged to incorporate Tampa Bay's wide diversity of design, architecture, and musical culture into their submission.

Interested artists are requested to register their intent to submit prior to September 27, 2019, by sending an email to TampaBayFAD@gmail.com. The deadline for artwork submissions is Friday, November 15, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.

Entries will be judged by an expert panel of judges and the TBFAD "ART on HART" Committee. HART's 800+ employees will select the winning entry. Submissions will be evaluated based on concept, originality, layout and marketing adaptability.

The winning artist will receive:
  • Their artwork wrapped on a HART bus for a year
  • A $2,000 cash award from program sponsors
  • Featured bio in the TBFAD 'ART on HART' printed program
  • Recognition on TBFAD & participating organizations social media sites.
The partnership between HART and TBFAD injects art, music and public transportation onto the streets and into the communities of Hillsborough County.

The "Art on HART" bus will be unveiled during a public event at a later date.


ART on HART program sponsors:

Thursday, August 29, 2019

HART is Prepared for a Storm. Are You?

HART operates Evacuation service. Know your route!
As Floridians, we are all aware of the threat of hurricanes from June-November. It's a part of the "charm" of living in the Sunshine State!

Should a hurricane threaten the Tampa Bay area, it is vital that residents heed any warnings and prepare for the worst of the storm.

Just as residents and their families need to prepare, so does HART. Have you ever wondered how an organization with over 800 employees and 200+ vehicles plans for a major storm?

Let's take a look at what it takes to prep the HART network for a major hurricane.

Should a storm threaten the Tampa Bay area, the Hillsborough Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be activated. Once activated, a HART representative will be located at the center to keep the agency abreast of storm developments and coordinate evacuation service.

When instructed by the EOC, HART will cease normal service and begin Emergency Evacuation service to move residents from lower ground, to higher ground. For the safety of our riders and employees, normal HART service will cease once the EOC and HART Emergency Management determine that conditions are unsafe to continue service. 

When word is received that landfall is eminent in Tampa Bay within 72 hours, our volunteer Emergency Response Team (ERT) will activate.

The organization then begins the process of securing HART facilities. This includes:
  • Securing windows and outside objects
  • Shutting off water, electricity, gas, etc.
  • Disconnecting computerized equipment and covering with plastic sheeting
  • Backing up computer data to multiple sources

If a hurricane threatens, HART will relocate vehicles to higher ground
If the Tampa Bay area is forecasted to take a direct hit from a Category 3 or greater storm, HART may split the vehicle fleet up. You may have seen something similar in Houston, when Harvey hit. Our designated locations are the Hidden River Park-n-Ride lot and the University of South Florida. The remainder would remain at the 21st Avenue Operations Facility.

The TECO Line Streetcar System will house the fleet in the Ybor Streetcar Barn. However, depending on the severity of the storm, streetcars may be moved to an off-site storage location on the bed of a tow truck.

Following the passing of the storm, three phases will occur:
  1. Recovery - Damage assessment for facilities, vehicles, and other property
  2. Communication - Call back/contacting HART personnel
  3. Restoration - Delivery of service
HART will work to the best of our ability to get the network back up and get back to our daily job of moving Hillsborough County!

Rest assured though, HART is prepared for a storm. Make sure you are too!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Hop on HART this School Year!

HART serves 20+ colleges throughout Hillsborough County!
Welcome back, students! Another semester is here. If you're planning on using HART this school year, below is a quick reference guide on connecting to HART and the special fares available from your school.

What is HART?

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) is the public transportation service provider for Hillsborough County. HART serves Hillsborough County's employees, residents and visitors with bus, and van services. HART also operates the FREE 2.7-mile TECO Line Streetcar System, serving the restaurants, attractions and other entertainment venues of Ybor City, the Channel District and downtown Tampa.

Learn how to ride HART here.

HART Adult Student Fare program:

Schools participating in the HART Adult Student Fare program sell HART fare cards to its students for a 25% discount. Students can purchase a 31-Day Local Adult Student Fare Card for only $48.75 (normally $65) at their respective schools by showing their valid student ID. Please note, the adult student discount is not applicable if the pass is purchased at traditional HART sales outlets.

Click here for a listing of participating schools.

What's a fare card worth, if you can't connect to your school?

Luckily, HART has you covered with multiple routes connecting to over 20 colleges in Hillsborough County. Below, you'll find a listing of some of the schools that HART serves with bus, van, and streetcar service.

University of South Florida (USF): 


The following HART routes serve the USF area:
  • MetroRapid North-South - UATC/Fletcher Ave.
  • Route 1 - Florida Ave.
  • Route 5 - 40th St.
  • Route 6 - 56th St.
  • Route 9 - 15th St.
  • Route 12 - 22nd St.
  • Route 33 - Fletcher Ave.
  • Route 42 - UATC
  • Route 48 - Fowler Ave./56th St./Morris Bridge
  • Route 275LX - Bruce B. Downs Blvd./UATC
Students ride FREE on MetroRapid, HART Local, Limited Express and Flex routes with valid student ID. Faculty and staff ride for just 50¢.

For information on the U-Pass program, click here.

Hillsborough Community College (HCC): 

We have a number of routes serving the HCC campuses around the county:
  • Dale Mabry campus - Route(s) 7, 32, 36, 45
  • Brandon campus - Route 37
  • SouthShore campus - Route(s) 31, HARTFlex South County
  • Ybor City campus - Route(s) 5, 8, 9, 12, the TECO Line Streetcar

HCC Semester Pass: HCC students can purchase the HCC Semester Pass, providing over 4 months of unlimited rides on HART for just $110 - roughly 50% off! The Semester Pass can be purchased at all HCC Bookstores.

Students can also purchase a 31-Day Local Adult Student Fare Card for $48.75 at the bookstores of HCC's Dale Mabry, Brandon and Ybor City campuses.
UT students receive a 25% discount on 31-day passes

University of Tampa (UT):

HART serves UT via the following routes:
  • Route 7 - West Tampa/Citrus Park
  • Route 19 - Port Tampa
  • Route 30 - Town 'N Country/Airport
Sanford Brown University:

HART connects to Sanford Brown via HARTFlex South Tampa

Ultimate Medical Academy:

HART connects to the Ultimate Medical Academy via routes 7, 32, 45.

Now that you've purchased your pass, what's the next step?

Plan your school commute with HART

Your best bet is the HART Trip Planner. Simply type in your starting and end points, arrival time/date, hit "get directions," and let the planner do the rest.

Real-time HART arrival information and trip planning is also available with the OneBusAway Tampa app!

You can also call the HARTinfo line at 813-254-4278, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Hopefully, you found this guide helpful, if there is anything else that you think we should include (like your school), let us know in the "comments" section. Have a great semester!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Ride HART FREE to the 2019 Back to School Bash!


HART is partnering with WWE wrestler (and overall amazing Tampaian) Titus O' Neil's Bullard Family Foundation to provide FREE rides on HART on Saturday, August 3, for the 2019 Back to School Bash & Kickoff Classic at Raymond James Stadium.

The 2019 Back to School Bash & Kickoff Classic is a FREE event for Hillsborough County K-12 Students. Parents and guardians can register their child online at BullardFamilyFoundation.org to receive FREE school supplies, food, school physicals, eye exams, and more!

All HART services will be FREE throughout the day.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

FREE HART Service to Boom by the Bay!



HART is joining in on the Boom by the Bay festivities with FREE rides throughout the system on July 4, 2019, and a shuttle service to the event!

Boom by the Bay will feature fireworks, live music, and more in four different locations along downtown Tampa's waterfront:
  • Armature Works
  • Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park
  • Sparkman Wharf
  • Tampa Convention Center

Event-goers will be able to pick up the free shuttles from the HART Marion Transit Center (MTC) in downtown. The event shuttles will operate every 15 minutes.

HART and the City of Tampa are encouraging event-goers to hop on HART or park at the Scott Street parking lot to connect at MTC. Fourteen HART routes will serve MTC on Independence Day.

Please note: HART will be operating on a Sunday service level, which means a number of routes operating to/from MTC will cease operating around 10 PM. Check www.goHART.org for specific route information.

Use this convenient trip planner to plan your route to Boom by the Bay!

Public Transportation to Boom by the Bay

HART Bus Shuttle

Cost: FREE
Hours: 3 PM - 11 PM; service every 15 minutes
Routes: 
  • North Shuttle - MTC to the Straz Center and Curtis Hixon Park with access to Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park via Tyler St. and Doyle Carlton.
  • South Shuttle - MTC to Whiting Street Station to connect with the TECO Line Streetcar for service to Sparkman Wharf

TECO Line Streetcar

Cost: FREE
Hours: 7 AM - 12 AM service every 10 minutes
Route: 
  • Streetcar service will operate between historic Ybor City, the Channel District (Sparkman Wharf), and downtown Tampa
NOTE: Coolers and alcohol are NOT permitted on HART and the TECO Line Streetcar System.

With FREE public transportation on Independence Day, it's hard to find a better BOOM for the buck! Event-goers can enjoy a stress-free trip to downtown, take in the festivities and get home safely.

For more information on Boom by the Bay, visit www.tampagov.net/boom.

Boom by the Bay transit service map
Boom by the Bay Transit Service Map (English and Spanish)

Monday, June 17, 2019

HART CEO Statement on Judge Barbas' Decision Upholding Transportation Tax Funding

"The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) welcomes Judge Barbas' decision upholding expanded funding for public transportation in the region.

Fifty-seven percent of the voters were very clear in their support of a transportation formula that would support the needs of a best-in-class transportation network. We look forward to working with the Hillsborough County Board of County Commission (BOCC) to ensure the best use of the transformational investment that will the improve the transit experience for Hillsborough County; our goal is to partner with the BOCC to fulfill the taxpayers vision."

- Benjamin T. Limmer, HART Chief Executive Officer


Thursday, June 13, 2019

HART to Install Driver Safety Barrier on all Buses and HARTFlex Vans



HART stands United

HART with the support of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1593 is installing driver safety barriers on all HART buses and HARTFlex vans.

"HART has been working with the ATU over the past few weeks to enhance the safety of the driver compartment and implement a solution that works for our employees. I am happy to announce that we have reached an agreement," said HART CEO Ben Limmer. "The safety and security of our employees remains a priority at HART as they serve our customers with the highest level of professionalism."

The ATU and HART have mutually agreed to a custom-fit protective barrier with extended tempered glass to cover the operator space.

"Following the senseless passing of one of our own, we voiced our concerns, and would like to thank HART leadership for listening to us," said ATU International Vice President Curtis Howard. "We are working together to take immediate action to ensure that our members are safe and that a tragedy like that never happens again."

HART has allocated $1,000,000 towards the driver safety barrier project with each installed barrier estimated to cost $5,000.


Thursday, May 30, 2019

The HART Summer Blast Pass is BACK!


The HART Summer Blast Pass is BACK with an exciting twist!

From June 1 through August 31, Hillsborough County students, ages 5-18 can enjoy their independence, save cash, and "go green" on HART buses with the FREE Summer Blast Pass.
The HART Summer Blast Pass provides unlimited rides on HART Local, Limited Express, MetroRapid and HARTFlex services.

The Summer Blast Pass can be picked up at any of the following three HART locations:

  • Downtown Tampa: Marion Transit Center, 1211 N. Marion St., Tampa, FL, 33602
  • University Area: University Area Transit Center, 13110 N. 27th St., Tampa, FL, 33612 
  • Ybor City: HART Administrative Offices, 1201 E. 7th Ave., Tampa FL, 33605
*Proof of age is required to receive the Summer Blast Pass

"The HART Summer Blast Pass provides younger riders the key to their independence and is designed to be a tool to help them get to a summer job, the mall, and beyond," said Benjamin Limmer, HART Chief Executive Officer. "Learning to use public transportation is a skill that serves students well throughout their lives."

HART has introduced a variety of technology improvements over the years to make service more attractive to tech-friendly students, including:

HART also offers a FREE Travel Training program, to help new riders learn how to use the system. 

For more information, visit www.goHART.org.


Be Prepared this Hurricane Season!

HART provides Emergency Evacuation Service
With the Atlantic hurricane season officially beginning on June 1st, it's a great reminder of the importance of having a severe weather plan BEFORE a storm hits. Unlike earthquakes or tornadoes, which can happen in an instant, hurricanes tend to provide a lot of warning.

HART buses run special evacuation routes for people who need transportation to shelters. HART and the Hillsborough County Office of Emergency Management urge you to make arrangements now for the safety of your family, should a storm force you from your home.

HART Emergency Evacuation service is not limited to hurricane evacuation, however. The Office of Emergency Management can call on HART as an official evacuation partner of Hillsborough County to implement service in an emergency evacuation situation, providing it is safe to do so.

Know your plan

Map of Hillsborough County Evacuation Routes
For the safety of our riders and employees, regular HART service will cease if sustained winds reach 39 mph. HART was forced to cease service following Hurricane Irma in 2017.

HART service will also cease if the Office of Emergency Management instructs HART to begin operation of Emergency Evacuation service, after shelters have opened.

Our emergency routes are designed to transport people from low-lying areas to higher ground.

Because of this, if a major storm threatens our area, you should plan for the possibility of service interruptions.

To minimize inconvenience to our customers, we will announce the need to interrupt service as early in the day as possible, and will work to restore service just as soon as it is safe to do so.

The primary goal is to be prepared and have a plan. Don't wait until the last minute to make arrangements or you may find yourself stranded.

For more detailed information on the service and service plans in case of emergency, please click here.

For information on Hillsborough County shelters, weather alerts, etc. please visit Hillsborough County Emergency Management page.


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

HART Establishes Support Funds in Memory of Thomas Dunn



HART has established two financial support funds for Operator Thomas Dunn's family.

Donations for the family fund can be provided at any Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union branch or mailed to: Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 7492, Tampa, FL

Donations to the family fund should include the following:
  • Name of Fund: The Thomas Dunn Memorial Fund
  • Memorial ID #: 563719
In addition to the family fund, HART has also created the Thomas Dunn Memorial Scholarship for the children of Mr. Dunn for educational scholarships.

Donations to the Thomas Dunn Memorial Scholarship Fund can be provided online at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/tdmf/.

The HART family stands UNITED following the senseless and tragic passing of Operator Thomas Dunn.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

HART CEO Statement to Operator Attack


"We are devastated by the tragic events that took place today involving our HART bus operator. We are working with the Tampa Police Department as they conduct their investigation into this horrific matter," HART Chief Executive Officer Benjamin Limmer said.

"We offer our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the bus operator, as well as to all of our HART colleagues."

Monday, May 6, 2019

Celebrate National Bike Month with Bikes on Buses!

All HART buses and vans feature bike racks!

May is National Bike Month and HART makes connecting to the bus by riding a bike a breeze!

Discover how easy (and quick!) it is to Bike & Bus. HART has bike racks on every bus and van so you can experience the ease of riding HART with your bike year-round. National Bike Month is a great opportunity to give it a try!

At HART, we're dedicated to getting our riders to their destination as quickly and efficiently as possible. We see bikes as complementary to our service and that's why we added racks to our buses over 20 years ago. More recently, bike racks have also been added to all of our HARTFlex vans.

Need a bike for just the first or last mile of your trip? Coast Bike Share stations are set up at a number of HART locations, including Marion Transit Center, and Dick Greco Plaza Station.

Have a folding bike? HART also permits them in carrying bags aboard all HART buses and HARTFlex vans. Users of bicycles with larger wheels should continue using the bicycle rack. Each HART bus and HARTFlex van accommodates two bicycles. Only single-seat, two-wheel bicycles are permitted on buses; no tandems or three-wheelers.

Heading to Pinellas County? The Bikes on Buses program also enables riders to take their bikes with them and transfer from a HART bus to the PSTA network without a special permit.  
Four easy steps to loading your bike on a HART bus

Bike-friendly transit provides customers with quicker commutes and additional commuting options.

Customers might not view a 30-mile round trip bike ride to downtown as an attractive commute. However, pair a quick 1-2 mile bike ride with a HART route to pick up the majority of the miles and you have some serious pedal power.

Cycling HART riders (almost 20,000 monthly trips) find that bikes not only speed up their commutes, but also provide them greater exercise, ground coverage, and route options. 

Want to learn the ropes of cycling around town? Find a "bike buddy"! TBARTA helps match cycling commuters together.

Click here to learn more about the HART Bikes on Buses program, including how to secure your bike on the bus bike rack.

City of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor to Serve on HART Board

PHOTO: City of Tampa
We are honored to welcome our newest member of the HART Board of Directors, newly elected Tampa Mayor, Jane Castor!

HART CEO Benjamin Limmer announced, "I am honored to welcome Mayor Castor to our Board of Directors. Mayor Castor's presence and leadership will shape the opportunity HART has to provide innovative and sustainable transportation solutions for decades to come.  Mayor Castor will be an asset to the HART Board of Directors and to the organization as a whole."

Mayor Castor's commitment to connect businesses large and small with the communities they serve through increased walkability, bike-ability, rapid-transit buses, and an extension of streetcar routes and innovative solutions are all key to providing our citizens with the frequent, reliable, and convenient public transportation they deserve.

"With the passage of the All For Transportation sales tax, HART has an unprecedented opportunity to invest in our future now" said Mayor Castor. "Our communities in West Tampa, East Tampa, and Sulphur Springs need reliable bus service they can count on. As Mayor, I will use my seat on the HART board to fight for every neighbourhood to have the dependable bus system they deserve through upgrading existi0ng transfer stations and building multi-modal hubs with fixed transit lines that connect riders from Westshore to New Tampa."

Thursday, May 2, 2019

HART Employee Inducted into Hillsborough County Women's "Hall of Fame"



Carolyn House Stewart, HART Director of Risk and Legal Services, has been inducted into the Hillsborough Co. Women’s "Hall of Fame". She has earned numerous distinctions throughout her 40-year legal career, becoming the first African-American female from Hillsborough appointed to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and later the National Bar Association Hall of Fame. Having developed the “Emerging Young Leaders” program, she’s helped over 15,000 girls build leadership skills within their homes, schools, and communities. 

Way to go, Carolyn!


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Get on Board with Public Transportation on April 25!


HART joins other public transportation systems nationwide participating in National Get On Board Day on Thursday, April 25.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2019 National Get On Board Day is a day that encourages people to support public transportation and showcases the benefits it brings to communities. Each weekday in the U.S., 34 million people board public transportation. Locally, HART covers a service area roughly the size of Rhode Island (over 1,000 sq. miles) and carries 34,000 passenger trips daily.

HART will be participating in Get on Board Day by displaying public transportation facts at HART facilities and gathering signatures from customers and employees in support of transit.

Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive. According to APTA, every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.

With a unified voice, the transportation industry will come together on April 25, 2019 to highlight the many benefits public transit provides to communities.

Please show your support and Get on Board on Thursday!






Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Ride HART FREE on Earth Day!

Public transportation takes cars (and their pollution) off the road!
The ultimate green initiative is public transportation!

Consider yourself environmentally conscious? Have energy-efficient light bulbs, low-flow shower-heads, and recycle bins in your house, but then drive a gas guzzler to work? There is still work to be done! Use Earth Day as a chance to give the ultimate green initiative a try - public transportation! You just might find out how easy it is to go on a car-free diet.

According to APTA, public transportation reduces energy consumption to the tune of 4.2 billion gallons of gas a year, or the equivalent to 320 million cars filling up - 900,000 times a day. A household's biggest carbon footprint contributor is their car. One person switching their 20-mile commute to public transportation can also reduce their carbon footprint by 4,800 pounds of CO2 annually. CO2, or carbon dioxide emissions have been linked to global climate change.

Ride Free on Earth Day
Ride FREE on Earth Day!

Still not convinced? How about a FREE ride on HART in celebration of Earth Day? Grab a friend, make a day of it, and try HART. We are providing FREE rides on all services on Monday, April 22.

We believe you will be pleasantly surprised at how affordable, clean, and convenient it is to get around with HART.

The cherry on top? There is a good chance that you'll be riding in a clean-burning, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) bus or van, as HART transitions our fleet away from diesel. HART currently operates 70 CNG buses.

Try transit! Your planet (and wallet) will thank you!

To calculate your carbon emissions savings by switching to transit, visit APTA's Carbon Emissions Savings Calculator.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

More Frequent Service is Coming to the TECO Line Streetcar!


Since October 2018, the TECO Line Streetcar has operated fare-free with weekday service every 15 minutes from 7 AM - 7 PM. "Off-peak" service - weekdays after 7 PM and on weekends - remained at every 20 minutes. 

However, that is about to change!

Since the launch of free fares, streetcar ridership has tripled, particularly on the weekends. Weekend service now regularly sees packed cars, with patrons standing. While this is a great "problem" to have, it's still an issue regardless.

To solve the overcrowding, the TECO Line Streetcar is moving to 15-minute service will expand to nights and weekends starting on April 21, 2019

Weeknight dinner date in Ybor? We have you covered! Saturday Lightning game? Check!

Leave the wait (and your worries) behind and relax!

Thanks again to the Florida Department of Transportation for assisting us in our continued commitment to meeting the needs of the community we serve!

Visit www.TECOLineStreetcar.org for a live map of the streetcar system and station schedules.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Take Transit to the Women's College Basketball Championship!


Transit service during Championship weekend
The most exciting time in college basketball is here! Tampa plays host to the Women's College Basketball Semi-Final and Championship at Amalie Arena. HART would like to offer a big welcome to all the athletes, students and fans that are in town to see a champion crowned! Tampa has a number of attractions and things to do while in town.

Use HART to get to the following Tampa attractions:

HART service to/from Tampa International Airport
Five HART routes serve Tampa International Airport

Flying out? HART has five routes serving Tampa International Airport, seven days a week. Plan your trip on HART!

Visitor Pass

A 3-day Visitor Unlimited HARTride card is your best bet at only $11.75 and valid on all HART local buses and vans.

Real-time Service Information

OneBusAway Tampa provides real-time arrival for HART bus and TECO Line Streetcar service. The free app is available in Android/Apple stores, as well as, on mobile browsers and via text message and touch-tone phone.

The 2.7-mile streetcar serves Ybor, the Channel District and downtown
TECO Line Streetcar Service

The TECO Line Streetcar System is FREE to ride and operates on 2.7 miles of rails, connecting historic Ybor City, the Channel District (Sparkman Wharf, Florida Aquarium), and downtown Tampa.

Streetcar hours during NCAA Final Four:
    Friday - 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
    Saturday - 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
    Sunday - 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Click here for a map of downtown Tampa's public transportation service.

Need additional assistance? Call 813-254-4278 or visit www.goHART.org for more information.

Have a great time taking in the MADNESS of the Tourney and enjoy all that Tampa has to offer while you're here!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Carolyn House Stewart Honored with "Women on the Move" Recognition


HART's very own Staff Attorney, Carolyn House Stewart, ESQ was recently honored as ONYX Magazine's "Women on the Move" . Stewart is among 22 of Florida’s most impactful and influential women of color who have demonstrated their commitment to excellence, responsible leadership, and service. The recognition highlights women who have shattered the glass ceiling in their professions and persevered against all the odds, according to the magazine’s leaders.

Ms. Stewart has almost 40 years of legal experience and became the first African-American partner at Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen, one of Florida's oldest law firms.

Ms. Stewart also served as the 28th International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc. During that time, she was responsible for guiding policy, developing programs, and setting the leadership tone for 250,000 AKA members in 975 chapters worldwide.

HART is no stranger to ONYX Magazine's "Women on the Move," as HART Vice Chair Melanie Williams is also being recognized this year.

Carla Williams, HART Manager of Community Engagement, was recognized for the award in 2018.


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Spot the "Art on HART" Bus for a Chance at a 31-day Pass!

Spot the Art on HART" bus in public? Take a photo & tag #GoHART, #AIATampaBay, #TBFAD for chance at 31-day pass!
HART and the Tampa Bay Foundation for Architecture and Design (TBFAD) partnered in January 2019 to unveil a rolling canvas to be displayed on HART routes throughout Hillsborough County. The project is part of a TBFAD initiative, which places artists' one-of-a-kind designs in highly accessible and visible public spaces. Michael O' Connell's "Soundwaves" was selected after a poll of over 800 HART employees. The 40-ft. moving art canvas brings together art, music and public transportation onto the streets of Hillsborough County! Spot the "Art on HART" bus out in the community? Take a photo and tag #GoHART, #GMFTampa, and #TBFAD on either Facebook or Twitter to enter a monthly raffle for the chance to win a FREE 31-Day Unlimited Ride Pass!


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Take HART to Black History!

From Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, to the "Freedom Rides" throughout the South, public transportation has played a historic role in African American history.

Public transportation also happens to be a great way to visit local African American historic sites in Tampa.

Hop on, as HART Takes You to Black History!
People gather at La Union Mari-Maceo in 1944

Sociedad La Union Mari-Maceo

Just across the street from the HART Administrative Building in Ybor City, is a building which represents the melting pot that is Ybor - Sociedad La Union Marti-Maceo building. The Cuban club was founded by Afro-Cubans in 1900, and served both white and Afro-Cubans excluded from other Cuban and Spanish clubs, until the club was forced to segregate due to local laws. The facility became more than a social club housing events, morphing into a mutual aid society, with self-help activities and a school.

Sociedad La Union Mari-Maceo is located at 1226 East 7th Avenue in Ybor City and is accessible by Route(s) 8,9,12 and the TECO Line Streetcar System.

Central Park
The LIFETILES installation at Perry Harvey Sr. Parl

One of the most culturally and historically rich neighborhoods in Tampa, the area once housed the likes of Ray Charles (he wrote "I found my baby there," in Central Park area,) Jackie Robinson, Ella Fitzgerald, and more! The neighborhood was a vibrant African American business and entertainment district with restaurants and clubs such as the Cotton Club, Apollo Theatre, etc.

"Gateway" Sculptures
The district would later fall into disrepair, due to racial unrest and disruption. However, the Central Park district is now home to Encore! Apartments. Encore! has paid homage to the heritage of the district with a number of public art installations throughout the complex, as well as, at near by Perry Harvey Sr. Park.

The Central Park District and Perry Harvey Sr. Park are located at 900 E Scott St, Tampa, FL 33602, and are accessible via Route(s) 9,12 and MetroRapid. Marion Transit Center is also just a block away.

Black History & Art Museum

Located inside the Paradise Missionary Baptist Church, the Black History & Art Museum is home to hundreds of historical photos, documents, and artifacts.

The museum is located near Perry Harvey Sr. Park, at 1112 East Scott Street. The site is accessible via Route(s) 9,12, and MetroRapid.

Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library
A new Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Library opened in 2014!

Named in honor of Robert W. Saunders, Sr. a civil rights activist and former Field Secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The library is one of just two African-American research libraries in the state of Florida. The library is hosting a number of Black History Month events, such as an "Introduction to African American Genealogy" and a Black Heritage Celebration. A bronze bust of Saunders is featured in the lobby.

The Saunders Library is located 1505 N. Nebraska Ave. and can be reached by Route(s) 9,12, and MetroRapid.

Ft. Homer Hesterly Armory/ the Bryan Glazer Family JCC

Dr. King Jr. speaking at the Ft. Homer Armory
The Bryan Glazer Family JCC was formerly known as the Ft. Homer Hesterly Armory. The building has seen historic figures from Teddy Roosevelt, to JFK grace the hall. On November 19, 1961, a crowd of 4,200 waited out a bomb threat to see Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak in the hall.

"We are standing on the border of the promised land of integration," Dr. King promised, undeterred by the early bomb threat.

The facility recently underwent substantial renovations, which include a Visual Arts Center, an event center, a food bank, and more.

The Bryan Glazer Family JCC is accessible via Route(s) 14 and 30.

Tampa is full of African American history. Explore it on HART!