Sunday, May 2, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE: A Streetcar Motorperson has Tested Positive - 5.02.21

 

HART has received confirmation that a Streetcar Motorperson has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The last routes operated include: 
  • April 27, 2021 - Streetcar #433

This brings the total number of cases of HART employees testing positive for the coronavirus to 126 – including 50 bus operators9 van operators, 4 streetcar motorpersons, and 64 other employees.

All individuals are entitled to medical and health privacies and HART maintains the security of employees’ confidentiality. We respectfully ask the media to honor all HART employees’ privacy.

For the safety of everyone on board, following federal law, along with the City of Tampa Executive Order 2020-27 (effective Friday, June 19, 2020 at 5:00 PM) and Hillsborough County Executive Order (effective Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM), riders are required to wear a cloth face covering over their mouth and nose when in public and on transit, as recommended by the CDC. HART is providing face coverings to customers at transit centers, while supplies last. Face coverings can also be made from household items, including handkerchiefs, bandanas, or scarves. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms and is not a substitute for social distancing. 

HART is committed to the safety of all our employees and riders. In accordance with CDC guidelines as well as local and state health departments, HART has taken the following steps to help reduce the spread of COVID-19:
  • HART continues to disinfect the fleet, transit centers, amenities and work areas - daily.
  • HART provided onsite COVID-19 testing for all employees.
  • HART is communicating with all employees and customers to practice CDC recommended good hygiene and social distancing.
  • HART is providing gloves, hand sanitizer, and face masks to frontline employees. Safety shields on fixed-route vehicles provide a barrier to reduce contact.
  • The bus destination signs on the outside of all HART buses display “Masks Required” 
  • Audio announcements and on-board seat signage have been installed to encourage staggered seating among riders and that masks are required.
  • The first row of seats nearest to the front door is closed off to maintain additional distance between riders and the operator (but is still available for customer with disabilities that have mobility devices). HART has seen reduced ridership which provides the benefit of creating more space.
  • HART operators are continually notified to contact the HART Operations Control Center (OCC) immediately to report if their transit vehicle is too crowded or other potential COVID-19 safety concerns. Responses may involve dispatching appropriate personnel, contacting emergency services, sending a swap vehicle, or sending a plug bus along the route.
  • HART is offering alternative work schedules if the job function allows the employee to do the following: flexible/staggered work schedules, reduced work schedules and remote working.

While we remain committed to serving those who serve us, HART asks customers and employees to exercise personal responsibility and follow the CDC recommended guidelines.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE: Two Additional Bus Operators Test Positive - 4.27.21

HART has received confirmation that two additional bus operators have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The last routes operated include: 
  • April 19, 2021 – Route 36 ( Dale Mabry/Himes Ave)
  • April 23, 2021 – Route 48 (Temple Terrace)
  • April 25, 2021 – Route 48 (Temple Terrace)

This brings the total number of cases of HART employees testing positive for the coronavirus to 124 – including 49 bus operators9 van operators3 streetcar motorpersons, and 63 other employees.

All individuals are entitled to medical and health privacies and HART maintains the security of employees’ confidentiality. We respectfully ask the media to honor all HART employees’ privacy.

For the safety of everyone on board, following federal law, along with the City of Tampa Executive Order 2020-27 (effective Friday, June 19, 2020 at 5:00 PM) and Hillsborough County Executive Order (effective Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM), riders are required to wear a cloth face covering over their mouth and nose when in public and on transit, as recommended by the CDC. HART is providing face coverings to customers at transit centers, while supplies last. Face coverings can also be made from household items, including handkerchiefs, bandanas, or scarves. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms and is not a substitute for social distancing. 

HART is committed to the safety of all our employees and riders. In accordance with CDC guidelines as well as local and state health departments, HART has taken the following steps to help reduce the spread of COVID-19:
  • HART continues to disinfect the fleet, transit centers, amenities and work areas - daily.
  • HART provided onsite COVID-19 testing for all employees.
  • HART is communicating with all employees and customers to practice CDC recommended good hygiene and social distancing.
  • HART is providing gloves, hand sanitizer, and face masks to frontline employees. Safety shields on fixed-route vehicles provide a barrier to reduce contact.
  • The bus destination signs on the outside of all HART buses display “Masks Required” 
  • Audio announcements and on-board seat signage have been installed to encourage staggered seating among riders and that masks are required.
  • The first row of seats nearest to the front door is closed off to maintain additional distance between riders and the operator (but is still available for customer with disabilities that have mobility devices). HART has seen reduced ridership which provides the benefit of creating more space.
  • HART operators are continually notified to contact the HART Operations Control Center (OCC) immediately to report if their transit vehicle is too crowded or other potential COVID-19 safety concerns. Responses may involve dispatching appropriate personnel, contacting emergency services, sending a swap vehicle, or sending a plug bus along the route.
  • HART is offering alternative work schedules if the job function allows the employee to do the following: flexible/staggered work schedules, reduced work schedules and remote working.

While we remain committed to serving those who serve us, HART asks customers and employees to exercise personal responsibility and follow the CDC recommended guidelines.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Every Day is Earth Day at HART!


Over 50 years ago, the first Earth Day was held around the country with over 20 million people participating in the event to create awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural beauty. One day out of 365 days to appreciate the Earth and protecting it. Shouldn't the Earth be a concern... every day? That's the thought process at HART. What we do naturally has a connection with "green", through taking cars off the road, reducing carbon emissions and providing for more walkable communities. 

In fact, the American Public Transportation (APTA), shows that public transportation saves the United States 4.2 billion gallons of gas annually and saves the U.S. $13.7 billion in congestion each year! As an organization, we feel it's necessary to be a responsible organization focused on environmental sustainability. That's why we don't just rest on the numbers above. HART has taken a number of steps to ensure that as an organization we are doing our part for the planet. With over 800 employees and 200+ vehicles, the meat and potatoes are in the waste that HART recycles during our day-to-day maintenance and operating of our organization. organization. 

Here are some of the steps that HART takes in regards to our fleet vehicles:

  • The entire fleet is EPA-certified
  • CNG Bus
    HART operates 69 CNG buses
    Began fleet transition to cleaner-burner Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in 2014; currently operating 80 CNG vehicles
  • Since 2014, the HART fleet has reduced Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 20%, the equivalent of removing 3,000 cars off the road!
  • Waste oil, used non-crushed oil filters, coolant, scrap metal, aluminium is all recycled
  • Freon is reused after being captured by a reclaim system
  • HART purchases recycled and environmentally-friendly coolants
  • Use of synthetic oils, which extends the life of the oil and minimizes the number of times we have to drain it
  • 80% recyclable vehicle wash systems
Steps HART takes in regards to our transit facilities:
  • Waterless urinals and low-water consumption equipment are in place
  • Solar film was installed at Marion Transit Center to improve cooling efficiency
  • Motion sensor lights in restroom facilities
  • Electric hand dryers
  • Fluorescent bulbs are crushed; glass remains and mercury are recycled
  • All chemicals and cleaners are green-certified
  • Use of non-aerosol sprays
  • No-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints that can have pretty serious health effects (liver/kidney damage)
  • Bus shelters utilize solar panels for lighting
  • All office paper, batteries, copier toner cartridges and electronic circuit boards are recycled
With over 800+ employees, 200+ vehicles, and over 7 million miles traveled by our service vehicles last year, you can imagine just how much waste is recycled. 

HART has also taken the "LEED" during the renovation of our HART Operations Facility into a Leadership into Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building. The redesign introduced a slew of new windows into the building, taking advantage of natural lighting. Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting (consuming 50% less electricity than fluorescent lighting) also feature throughout the building. 

The name of the game is sustainability. Using public transportation is one of a variety of possible sustainable commutes, but know that beyond the buses, vans and streetcars, HART is doing its part for the environment! 

Find out how much you can reduce your carbon footprint by using the Carbon Savings Calculator.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE: Two Additional Bus Operators Test Positive - 4.20.21

  

HART has received confirmation that two additional bus operators have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The last routes operated include: 
  • April 11, 2021
    • Route 400 (Nebraska Avenue)
  • April 12, 2021
    • Route 400 (Nebraska Avenue)
  • April 13, 2021
    • Route 5 (40th Street)
  • April 14, 2021
    • Route 10 (Cypress Street)
    • Route 19 (South Tampa)
  • April 15, 2021
    • Route 10 (Cypress Street)
    • Route 19 (South Tampa)
  • April 16, 2021
    • Route 12 (22nd Street)

    This brings the total number of cases of HART employees testing positive for the coronavirus to 121 – including 46 bus operators9 van operators3 streetcar motorpersons, and 63 other employees.

    All individuals are entitled to medical and health privacies and HART maintains the security of employees’ confidentiality. We respectfully ask the media to honor all HART employees’ privacy.

    For the safety of everyone on board, following federal law, along with the City of Tampa Executive Order 2020-27 (effective Friday, June 19, 2020 at 5:00 PM) and Hillsborough County Executive Order (effective Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM), riders are required to wear a cloth face covering over their mouth and nose when in public and on transit, as recommended by the CDC. HART is providing face coverings to customers at transit centers, while supplies last. Face coverings can also be made from household items, including handkerchiefs, bandanas, or scarves. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms and is not a substitute for social distancing. 

    HART is committed to the safety of all our employees and riders. In accordance with CDC guidelines as well as local and state health departments, HART has taken the following steps to help reduce the spread of COVID-19:
    • HART continues to disinfect the fleet, transit centers, amenities and work areas - daily.
    • HART provided onsite COVID-19 testing for all employees.
    • HART is communicating with all employees and customers to practice CDC recommended good hygiene and social distancing.
    • HART is providing gloves, hand sanitizer, and face masks to frontline employees. Safety shields on fixed-route vehicles provide a barrier to reduce contact.
    • The bus destination signs on the outside of all HART buses display “Masks Required” 
    • Audio announcements and on-board seat signage have been installed to encourage staggered seating among riders and that masks are required.
    • The first row of seats nearest to the front door is closed off to maintain additional distance between riders and the operator (but is still available for customer with disabilities that have mobility devices). HART has seen reduced ridership which provides the benefit of creating more space.
    • HART operators are continually notified to contact the HART Operations Control Center (OCC) immediately to report if their transit vehicle is too crowded or other potential COVID-19 safety concerns. Responses may involve dispatching appropriate personnel, contacting emergency services, sending a swap vehicle, or sending a plug bus along the route.
    • HART is offering alternative work schedules if the job function allows the employee to do the following: flexible/staggered work schedules, reduced work schedules and remote working.

    While we remain committed to serving those who serve us, HART asks customers and employees to exercise personal responsibility and follow the CDC recommended guidelines.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

    COVID-19 UPDATE: Two Bus Operators Test Positive - 4.15.21

     

    HART has received confirmation that two additional bus operators have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

    The last routes operated include: 
    • April 8, 2021
      • Route 12 ( 22nd St.)
      • Route 25LX (Bloomingdale/ South Tampa)
    • April 9, 2021
      • Route 12 ( 22nd St.)
      • Route 25LX (Bloomingdale/ South Tampa)

    This brings the total number of cases of HART employees testing positive for the coronavirus to 117 – including 44 bus operators9 van operators3 streetcar motorpersons, and 61 other employees.

    All individuals are entitled to medical and health privacies and HART maintains the security of employees’ confidentiality. We respectfully ask the media to honor all HART employees’ privacy.

    For the safety of everyone on board, following federal law, along with the City of Tampa Executive Order 2020-27 (effective Friday, June 19, 2020 at 5:00 PM) and Hillsborough County Executive Order (effective Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM), riders are required to wear a cloth face covering over their mouth and nose when in public and on transit, as recommended by the CDC. HART is providing face coverings to customers at transit centers, while supplies last. Face coverings can also be made from household items, including handkerchiefs, bandanas, or scarves. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms and is not a substitute for social distancing. 

    HART is committed to the safety of all our employees and riders. In accordance with CDC guidelines as well as local and state health departments, HART has taken the following steps to help reduce the spread of COVID-19:
    • HART continues to disinfect the fleet, transit centers, amenities and work areas - daily.
    • HART provided onsite COVID-19 testing for all employees.
    • HART is communicating with all employees and customers to practice CDC recommended good hygiene and social distancing.
    • HART is providing gloves, hand sanitizer, and face masks to frontline employees. Safety shields on fixed-route vehicles provide a barrier to reduce contact.
    • The bus destination signs on the outside of all HART buses display “Masks Required” 
    • Audio announcements and on-board seat signage have been installed to encourage staggered seating among riders and that masks are required.
    • The first row of seats nearest to the front door is closed off to maintain additional distance between riders and the operator (but is still available for customer with disabilities that have mobility devices). HART has seen reduced ridership which provides the benefit of creating more space.
    • HART operators are continually notified to contact the HART Operations Control Center (OCC) immediately to report if their transit vehicle is too crowded or other potential COVID-19 safety concerns. Responses may involve dispatching appropriate personnel, contacting emergency services, sending a swap vehicle, or sending a plug bus along the route.
    • HART is offering alternative work schedules if the job function allows the employee to do the following: flexible/staggered work schedules, reduced work schedules and remote working.

    While we remain committed to serving those who serve us, HART asks customers and employees to exercise personal responsibility and follow the CDC recommended guidelines.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Friday, April 9, 2021

    COVID-19 UPDATE: Two Bus Operators Test Positive - 4.09.21

    HART has received confirmation that two additional bus operators have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

    The last routes operated include: 
    • April 5, 2021
      • Route 16 (Waters Avenue)
      • Route 30 (Kennedy Boulevard/Town 'N Country)
    • April 7, 2021
      • Route 9 (15th/30th Street)
    • April 9, 2021
      • MetroRapid (Nebraska Avenue)

    This brings the total number of cases of HART employees testing positive for the coronavirus to 112 – including 42 bus operators, 9 van operators, 3 streetcar motorpersons, and 58 other employees.

    All individuals are entitled to medical and health privacies and HART maintains the security of employees’ confidentiality. We respectfully ask the media to honor all HART employees’ privacy.

    For the safety of everyone on board, following federal law, along with the City of Tampa Executive Order 2020-27 (effective Friday, June 19, 2020 at 5:00 PM) and Hillsborough County Executive Order (effective Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM), riders are required to wear a cloth face covering over their mouth and nose when in public and on transit, as recommended by the CDC. HART is providing face coverings to customers at transit centers, while supplies last. Face coverings can also be made from household items, including handkerchiefs, bandanas, or scarves. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms and is not a substitute for social distancing. 

    HART is committed to the safety of all our employees and riders. In accordance with CDC guidelines as well as local and state health departments, HART has taken the following steps to help reduce the spread of COVID-19:
    • HART continues to disinfect the fleet, transit centers, amenities and work areas - daily.
    • HART provided onsite COVID-19 testing for all employees.
    • HART is communicating with all employees and customers to practice CDC recommended good hygiene and social distancing.
    • HART is providing gloves, hand sanitizer, and face masks to frontline employees. Safety shields on fixed-route vehicles provide a barrier to reduce contact.
    • The bus destination signs on the outside of all HART buses display “Masks Required” 
    • Audio announcements and on-board seat signage have been installed to encourage staggered seating among riders and that masks are required.
    • The first row of seats nearest to the front door is closed off to maintain additional distance between riders and the operator (but is still available for customer with disabilities that have mobility devices). HART has seen reduced ridership which provides the benefit of creating more space.
    • HART operators are continually notified to contact the HART Operations Control Center (OCC) immediately to report if their transit vehicle is too crowded or other potential COVID-19 safety concerns. Responses may involve dispatching appropriate personnel, contacting emergency services, sending a swap vehicle, or sending a plug bus along the route.
    • HART is offering alternative work schedules if the job function allows the employee to do the following: flexible/staggered work schedules, reduced work schedules and remote working.

    While we remain committed to serving those who serve us, HART asks customers and employees to exercise personal responsibility and follow the CDC recommended guidelines.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021

    Join HART in Celebrating Transit Worker Appreciation Day!


    Join HART in celebrating Transit Worker Appreciation Day on March 18, 2021.

    HART bus, van and streetcar operators not only transport customers to doctor's appointments, school, work, etc., but also act as customer service representatives, tour guides, and sounding boards for their passengers. They are typically the first interaction customers experience to start their day.

    With 800+ HART employees, there are so many employees "behind the scenes" who deserve a special "thank you". These include mechanics, maintenance attendants, dispatchers, radio shop staff, supervisors, customer service representatives, and more!

    How our community can celebrate National Transit Worker Appreciation Day with us:

    • When getting on a board a HART bus, van or streetcar say a HART-felt ‘thank you’.
    • Recognize your favorite Operator or Motorperson by complimenting him/her by:
    • Tweet a photo of yourself riding the HART system or with your favorite Operator or Motorperson using the hashtags #HARTHeroes #TransitWorkerDay

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, HART transit workers have kept Hillsborough County rolling. They wear mask to protect you, please wear a mask to protect them.