Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Show Love for Transit!

What better time than the "season of love" to proclaim your love for transit?

Maybe it's not having to worry about driving in heavy traffic? Or, the considerable cost savings associated with giving up the wheel? Maybe environmental considerations, or the health benefits?

Whatever the reason may be, let us know why you love taking transit and you might receive FREE tickets to the Florida State Fair! Post your main reason for loving transit on the HART Facebook page, or tag us on Twitter. We will randomly pick 4 winners on Thursday to receive a family pack of "Anyday Armbands," providing admission on all rides for any day of the Fair (Feb. 8-19).

Show some Transit Love and get some love in return!

Monday, February 5, 2018

HART Celebrates Black History!

HART celebrates Black History Month
HART celebrates Black History Month!
As we celebrate Black History Month, we are frequently reminded of the important role that transportation plays in supporting and sustaining communities of color in today's complex landscape.

HART has several activities planned throughout February to celebrate the African American community!

Starting this week, all HART fixed route buses will have a seat designated for Rosa Parks, a pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement. Parks, the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement," will be honored by HART in this fitting tribute by designating a seat on every HART bus. Each of these special seat covers will have a commemorative sign displayed on them, honoring both Parks' legacy and her dedication to the Civil Rights Movement.

HART is designating a seat for Rosa Parks throughout Feb.
HART is designating a seat for Rosa Parks throughout Feb.
More than 170 HART buses will have a seat designated for Rosa Parks. A sign will remind all passengers of Parks' decision to take a stand simply by taking a seat. Parks' non-violent action on December 1, 1955 led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott that culminated one year later with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing access to public transportation.

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

Throughout February, we're highlighting historical sites on our social media channels and how you can Take HART to Black History!

HART is also partnering with local schools to host field trips to these local sites on one of our buses. Local community leader Clarence Fort will provide insight into the Civil Rights Movement, as Tampa experienced it.

Clarence Fort, former President of the NAACP Youth Council, led the first Tampa sit-ins in 1956 and fought for the first African American Tampa bus operators.

HART is honored to be able to celebrate the lives of all those who paved the way during this month's activities in recognition of Black History Month.

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.

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!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Streetcar Featured In "Connected Vehicles" Segment on Discovery Channel!

Filming took place in December
The TECO Line Streetcar recently got some international camera time!

Discovery Channel Canada's "Daily Planet" featured the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot program in a segment. The show detailed how the implementation of the program is equipping devices throughout the city to help prevent crashes, keep traffic moving and improve fuel efficiency.

As part of the project, one TECO Line Streetcar System has been outfitted with devices that provides a warning when a connected vehicle or pedestrian is about to cross the track, reducing the risk of collisions. Up to 10 Streetcars and 10 HART buses will be equipped with these innovative devices by the end of April.

THEA Project Manager, Bob Frey, and Systems Engineer Lead for the CV Pilot, Steve Novosad, were interviewed and demonstrated the system's uses for the segment. In addition to the TECO Line Streetcar System, the Selmon Expressway and a Downtown Tampa pedestrian walkways were also featured on the program.

The Discovery Channel Daily Planet video is available to view online. The project's six-minute segment starts at 25:43.

Filming for the segment took place back in December.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Take Transit During NHL All-Star Weekend!

Welcome to Tampa!
HART and the TECO Line Streetcar System would like to welcome the NHL and their fans to Tampa for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game!

Whether or not you have plans to attend Gasparilla, or NHL All-Star Weekend events, Downtown Tampa will be BUSY this weekend with a mix of visitors and residents enjoying the festivities. Officials stress Downtown parking will be limited and heavy traffic is expected. Take transit!

But how? We understand challenges in attempting to navigate the local public transportation scene without an idea on how to get there. To make it easier, we've created this guide that breaks down some of Tampa's best attractions and how to get there with HART and the TECO Line Streetcar!

Use HART to get to the following Tampa attractions and avoid the parking hassles:
(Routes may occasionally go on detour due to event road closures)
  • Amalie Arena (NHL Skills Competition, NHL All-Star game) - Route 8, The In-Towner, TECO Line Streetcar
  • Busch Gardens - Route(s) 5,9,39, HART HyperLINK
  • Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park (NHL Fan Fest) - Route 8, the TECO Line Streetcar, In-Towner
  • Channelside Bay Plaza (Dining, retail, Splitsville) - Route 8, the TECO Line Streetcar
  • Curtis Hixon Park (Fitz & the Tantrums concert) - Route(s) 1,7,19,30,60LX,360LX, In-Towner, the TECO Line Streetcar
  • David A. Straz Jr. Center - Route(s) 1,7,19,30,60LX,360LX, In-Towner
  • Florida Aquarium - Route 8, the TECO Line Streetcar
  • Glazer's Children Museum - Route(s) 1,7,19,30,60LX,360LX, In-Towner, the TECO Line Streetcar
  • International Plaza (Shopping) - Route(s) 15, 30, 32
  • Lowry Park Zoo - Route(s) 45
  • Tampa Convention Center - Route(s) In-Towner, TECO Line Streetcar
  • Tampa Museum of Art - Route(s) 1,7,19,30,60LX,360LX, In-Towner, the TECO Line Streetcar
  • Tampa Theatre - Route(s) 1,19,30,60LX,360LX
  • University of South Florida - Route(s) 1,5,6,9,12,33,42, MetroRapid, HART HyperLINK
  • Westshore Plaza (Shopping) - Route(s) 15,30,45, HARTFlex South Tampa
  • Ybor City Historic District (Centro Ybor) - Route(s) 5,8,9,12, and the TECO Line Streetcar
Visit www.goHART.org for fares, maps, and schedules.

Only $4.00 for a 1-day unlimited ride pass on HART! The TECO Line Streetcar is FREE on Friday with a Fourth Friday Tampa event wristband. Pick one up at participating venues. Otherwise, it is $5.00 for an all-day pass.

Planning to travel multiple days? Save a few bucks by picking up a 3-Day Visitor Pass for $11.75!

Get real-time HART arrival information and trip planning by downloading the OneBusAway Tampa app!

The FREE In-Towner operates Downtown
In-Towner:  The FREE In-Towner is a rubber-wheel trolley that serves downtown parking garages and popular locations. The In-Towner will operate every 30 minutes on Saturday.

In-Towner Hours:

Friday: 6:00 - 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The TECO Line Streetcar at Dick Greco Plaza
TECO Line Streetcar System: The streetcar line runs on rails that connects Ybor City, The Channel District, and Downtown Tampa.

TECO Line Streetcar System Hours:

Monday-Thursday: Noon - 10:00 p.m
Friday: 11 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Sunday: Noon - 8 p.m.
Click here for a map of downtown Tampa's network of public transportation service, including streetcar stops, The In-Towner and HART bus routes.

Flying out? Routes 30, 32, and 60LX run between downtown and Tampa International Airport every 30 minutes on weekdays and weekends.

Enjoy your time in Tampa, we are always here if you have any questions!

Friday, January 19, 2018

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 System! 

HART will operate additional streetcar, bus and In-Towner service to accommodate the large numbers of anticipated riders on Saturday, January 27th for Gasparilla and the NHL All-Star Skills Competition! (Please note that 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; an all-day streetcar pass is $5.00.
Board the Streetcar faster by paying with exact change, or via the Flamingo Fares app!

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

TECO Line Streetcar System

  • Catch the Streetcar at Centennial Park or Centro Ybor!
    $5 for an all-day pass, which may be purchased in advance with cash (exact change required) at ticket vending machines located at each streetcar station, and via the Flamingo Fares app!
    This fare does not cover City of Tampa parking fees.
  • For those parking in Ybor City, HART strongly recommends riders to board The TECO Line Streetcar System at either Station 1 (Centennial Park) or Station 2 (Centro Ybor) to Downtown Tampa, Station 10 (Dick Greco Plaza).
  • Continuous service 8:00 a.m.- 1:30 a.m.
  • TECO Line Streetcar System Stations 3 and 4 will be closed 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., but during that time, HART will provide continuous bus service to/from Station 10 (Dick Greco Plaza) between 9:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
  • Stations 11 will be closed all day. View Map for Gasparilla 2018 
  • Stations 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 will be closed 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. 
Map of HART and TECO Line Streetcar Gasparilla service
Tackle Gasparilla with this map!

  • 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, Station 3 (Streetcar Society Station) and Station 4 (Cadrecha Station) HART will be providing continuous bus service to/from Downtown Tampa, Station 10 (Dick Greco Plaza) 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 continuous bus service to/from Station 10 (Dick Greco Plaza) 9:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. View Map for Gasparilla 2018  

The In-Towner

  • FREE service every 30 minutes
  • The In-Town Trolley provides a connection from the north end of Downtown Tampa (Marion Transit Center) to the south end of Downtown Tampa, serving many of the downtown area parking garages. View Map for Gasparilla 2018
  • Continuous service 11:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.  

Getting to Downtown Tampa on HART

  • From University Area: Routes 1, 5, 6, 9, 12, MetroRapid
  • From Temple Terrace: Route 6
  • 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, 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.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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 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:
Nine HART routes serve the University 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 - U.A.T.C.
  • HART HyperLINK - UATC/Temple Terrace 
Students ride FREE on MetroRapid, HART Local, Limited Express and Flex routes with valid student ID. Faculty and staff ride for just 50¢.

HART HyperLINK, the nation's first transit-operated rideshare service operates in the University area and Temple Terrace. Students within the zone can request a ride to a designated HART stop within the zone for $1.00 per trip, or, ANYWHERE within the zone for $3.00 per trip.

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. That's basically "buy 2 months, get 2 months free"! 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!