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
  • 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
  • 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.