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!