Thursday, January 17, 2019

HART's Continued Commitment to Sustainability

HART Interim CEO Jeff Seward attends 15th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

HART Interim Chief Executive Officer Jeff Seward is continuing HART’s dialogue in sustainability conversations as he attends the 15th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  As the region’s public transportation provider, it is imperative that we fully understand our services’ impact on all legs of the sustainability stool, and how to lessen the impact on the environmental leg, while building a strong influence over the cultural, economic and social legs. 

HART Interim CEO Jeff Seward
Mr. Seward has ensured HART’s representation in the sustainability and climate change conversations over the last 5 years by presenting HART’s on-going environmental and climate change mitigation work in academic centric and industry conversations held at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, University of California, Berkeley, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon and several American Public Transportation Association sustainability conferences.

HART’s work on reducing its carbon footprint by over 17% over the past 5 years, significantly reducing energy consumption in its operating facilities, and its international certification as the only ISO 14001 environmentally sustainable transit agency in the State of Florida, one of only a dozen in North America, has been lauded by these organizations.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sail to Gasparilla with the TECO Line Streetcar and HART!

Take the Streetcar to the pirate festivities!
Arrgh you ready?! Have your sights set on Gasparilla? Travel safely to the festivities... set sail with HART and the TECO Line Streetcar!

HART will operate additional streetcar and bus service to accommodate the large numbers of anticipated riders on Saturday, January 26th for Gasparilla! Please note: Routes are subject to change due to road closures.
HART is by far the most convenient and affordable way to travel to the Gasparilla parade. An all-day HART bus pass is $4.00; and the TECO Line Streetcar is FREE!

Below are important details to make the trip to the Gasparilla parade easier:

  • Catch the Streetcar at Centro Ybor!
  • For those parking in Ybor City, Station #2 (Centro Ybor) will be the ONLY station operating all-day streetcar service to/from downtown Tampa, Station 10 (Dick Greco Plaza).
  • Continuous service 8:30 a.m.- 2:00 a.m.
  • TECO Line Streetcar System Stations 3 and 4 will be closed from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., but during that time, HART will provide FREE, continuous bus service to/from Station 10 (Dick Greco Plaza) between 9:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
  • Stations 1 and 11 will be closed all day. View Map for Gasparilla 2019 
  • Stations 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 will be closed 8:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. 

Your Gasparilla treasure map!
HART Bus Service

  • An all-day pass is $4, which may be purchased in advance at HART retail outlets or on board buses on Gasparilla Day with cash only (no change provided). Monthly bus passes may also be used. *This fare does not cover City of Tampa parking fees.
  • For those parking in Ybor City, HART will be providing FREE continuous bus service between Station 3 (Streetcar Society Station) and Station 4 (Cadrecha Station) and downtown Tampa, Station 10 (Dick Greco Plaza) from 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • For those parking at the Port Authority Parking Garage in the Channel District, HART will be providing FREE continuous bus service to/from Station 10 (Dick Greco Plaza) 9:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. View Map for Gasparilla 2019  

Getting to Downtown Tampa on HART

  • From University Area: Routes 1*, 5, 6, 9, 12, 275LX, MetroRapid
  • From Temple Terrace: Route 6
  • From New Tampa/Wiregrass: Route 275LX
  • From Brandon: Routes 8*, 360LX*
  • From West Tampa/Citrus Park: Route 7*
  • From South Tampa: Routes 19*, 360LX*
  • From Tampa International/Town 'N Country: Routes 30*, 60LX
View HART bus maps and schedules


*Routes 1,7, 8, 14, 19, 30, and 360LX will be on detour during the festivities.

Make sure to party like a responsible pirate! No coolers or alcohol are allowed on HART buses and the TECO Line Streetcar System. Have a fun and safe Gasparilla!

Friday, January 11, 2019

HART Offers Assistance to Support Federal Employees at Tampa International Airport

Tampa International is served by five HART routes
The partial government shutdown has entered its third week. For many federal employees in Tampa, it has been 21 days of being furloughed or going without pay. According to reports, nationally about 800,000 workers have been affected by the partial shutdown. At the Tampa International Airport, 800 federal employees are impacted.

As this shutdown continues, HART and Tampa International Airport (TPA) have partnered to provide a viable transportation option for their employees travel to and from work. HART has donated 500 31-Day farecards to support workers of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to ease the hardship they are facing during the partial shutdown.

During a government shutdown, many federal employees are considered essential - requiring them to report to work even if they are not getting paid. The employee's ability to get to work is critical for Tampa both financially and operationally. Tampa International Airport is a vital transportation gateway and an economic engine for the Tampa Bay area.

HART's contribution will hopefully ease the transportation burden and enable workers to utilize the funds for other necessary items during this period of uncertainty.

"It is a privilege to be able to offer some assistance to the hardworking federal workers at Tampa International Airport during this time," said HART Interim CEO Jeff Seward. "We have built a strong relationship with the airport team, and any assistance we can provide its employees, we stand at the ready."

"We are grateful to all of our partners in the Bay area who are pulling together to assist the federal workers who are such an important part of the airport family," said Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano. "Their commitment to safety and customer service is what helps make Tampa International one of the best airports in the world."

HART is committed to being an integral part of the communities it serves. Giving back for us is about identifying a need in our community and making sure we are there to provide the help needed.