Friday, October 15, 2021

HART Applies for FTA Funding to Support Cross Bay Ferry Service



HART has applied for grant funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to support the Cross Bay Ferry service.

The Cross Bay Ferry is a regional, seasonal ferry that started transporting riders in 2014 from Tampa to St. Petersburg.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to apply for a federal grant that would help us to increase the capacity of our current ferry service and set us up for expanded service connecting communities around the Bay. I have been a supporter of the ferry since day one, and I am thrilled that we are now taking action to expand the ferry into a year-round, premium regional transit system connecting Tampa and St. Petersburg with South Hillsborough County," said HART Board Chair and Hillsborough County Commissioner Mariella Smith.

In addition to the funding identified in the interlocal agreement, Hillsborough County has established $1 million dollars of matching funds in its fiscal year 2022 budget in support of the project.

“The Cross Bay Ferry ridership has already exceeded all expectations. With this grant, we can move to year-round, permanent service and use our waterways for wonderful, congestion-proof transit in Tampa Bay," said Hillsborough County Commissioner and HART Board member Pat Kemp.

Regional collaboration to support the Cross Bay Ferry includes letters from local, State and Federal representatives.

"The City of Tampa is excited to work with our partners at HART and Hillsborough County to take steps toward new transit solutions in Tampa Bay. Our waterways are a natural opportunity to connect people, jobs, and communities," said Tampa Mayor Jane Castor.

The FTA grant application process for the Passenger Ferry Grant Program 5307(h) FY 2021 was posted on August 6th and closed on October 5th, 2021.

To learn more about the FTA Passenger Ferry Grant Program click here: FTA Passenger Ferry Grant

"The hard-working team at HART and in Hillsborough County, along with our partners at HMS Ferries, have put together a really competitive grant application, and I have high hopes that we will be awarded this grant," said Chair Smith.

The project is backed by the following leaders who have submitted support letters:

  • The Honorable Charlie Crist, U.S. Congressman District 13
  • The Honorable Gus Bilirakis, U.S. Representative District 12
  • The Honorable Kathy Castor, U.S. Representative District 14
  • The Honorable Vern Buchanan, U.S. Representative District 16
  • Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners
  • Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Chair, Pat Kemp
  • City of Tampa Mayor, Jane Castor
  • City of St. Petersburg Mayor, Rick Kriseman
  • City of St. Petersburg Chair, Ed Montanari
  • Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization
  • Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
  • St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Hornblower Group DBA HMS Ferries





Tuesday, August 17, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE: HART Bus Operator Tests Positive - 8.17.21

 

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

The last routes operated include:
  • August 14, 2021 - Route 36 (Dale Mabry)

This brings the total number of cases of HART employees testing positive for the coronavirus to 181 – including 77 bus operators, 18 van operators, 7 streetcar motorpersons, and 79 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, 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 customers 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, August 11, 2021

The HART HCC Semester Pass Has Flocked to Flamingo Fares!


Welcome back, Hillsborough Community College (HCC) Hawks! Starting Monday, August 16, 2021, the HART HCC Semester Pass is migrating to Flamingo Fares! 

HCC students can purchase a full semester pass for only $110. The pass provides students with four months of rides for roughly the price of two! HCC students MUST bring their Student ID to the Customer Service window at the Marion Transit Center or University Area Transit Center for verification of HCC status and purchase of the Semester Pass.

Upon boarding, simply tap your Flamingo Fares card on the Flamingo reader and wait for a green check.

Please note: The HCC Semester Pass is NOT valid on HARTPlus service. 


First time riding HART? 

Make sure you Ride with Respect to maintain a great experience for everyone on board! 

New to public transportation? HART Travel Training is a GREAT way to learn the ropes of riding public transportation. The service is FREE with trainers providing step-by-step instructions on how to understand the HART system (reading a map, signage, etc.) and figure out the best route that will take you to your destination.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE: HART Bus Operators and Streetcar Motorperson Test Positive - 8.10.21

HART has received confirmation that several bus operators and a streetcar motorperson have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The last routes operated include:
  • July 28, 2021 - Route 7 (West Tampa)
  • July 28, 2021 - Route 8 (Progress Village/Brandon)
  • July 29, 2021 - Route 360LX (Brandon/South Tampa)
  • August 6, 2021 - Route 42 (University Area Connector); Route 44 (Sinclair Hills Connector)
  • August 7, 2021 - Route 42 (University Area Connector); Route 44 (Sinclair Hills Connector)
  • August 7, 2021 - Route 16 (Waters Ave.)
  • August 8, 2021 - Route 38 (Mango/Brandon)
  • August 9, 2021 - Routes 7 (West Tampa); Route 8 (Progress Village/ Brandon)
  • August 9, 2021 - Streetcar #436 until 3:00 PM

This brings the total number of cases of HART employees testing positive for the coronavirus to 173 – including 72 bus operators, 16 van operators, 7 streetcar motorpersons, and 78 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, 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 customers 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, July 28, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE: HART Bus Operators and Streetcar Motorperson Test Positive - 7.28.21

     

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

The last routes operated include:
  • July 18 – Route 30 (Kennedy Blvd./Town N Country
  • July 22 
  • July 24  Streetcar (before 11:00 AM)
  • July 24  Route 275LX (New Tampa Limited Express)
  • July 26 – MetroRapid (Nebraska Ave./USF)
  • July 27  Route 12 (22nd St.)
This brings the total number of cases of HART employees testing positive for the coronavirus to 152 – including 65 bus operators, 11 van operators, 6 streetcar motorpersons, and 70 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.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Hop on HART and the TECO Line Streetcar to Boom by the Bay!


HART is joining in on the Boom by the Bay festivities with a FREE shuttle service from the Marion Transit Center to the event!

Boom by the Bay will feature fireworks, live music, and more in six different locations along downtown Tampa's waterfront:
  • Armature Works - Routes 1, 5, 6
  • Bayshore Blvd. - Route 14
  • Curtis Hixon Park - TECO Line Streetcar, Routes 1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 19, 30, 360LX
  • Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park - Routes 7, 10
  • Sparkman Wharf - TECO Line Streetcar, Route 9
  • Tampa Convention Center - TECO Line Streetcar, Route 19

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 from 3 PM - 11 PM.

HART and the City of Tampa are encouraging event-goers to hop on the fare-free TECO Line Streetcar or one of the FREE HART shuttles at MTC. Thirteen HART routes will also 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
Routes: 
  • 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: 8:30 AM - 12 AM service every 10 minutes
Route: 
  • Streetcar service will operate between historic Ybor City, the Channel District (Sparkman Wharf), and downtown Tampa (Curtis Hixon Park).
NOTE: Coolers and alcohol are NOT permitted on HART and the TECO Line Streetcar System.

With FARE-FREE TECO Line Streetcar service and a FREE HART event shuttle 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.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Streetcar Service Extended for the Lightning Playoff Push!

Be the Thunder! Extended streetcar service during the playoff push.


HART is all in for the Tampa Bay Lightning's Stanley Cup run! The TECO Line Streetcar System is extending regular streetcar service hours for all Tampa Bay Lightning home playoff games.

Streetcar service will operate until midnight for all weeknight games (Friday/Saturday service already ends at 2:00 a.m.)
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The TECO Line Streetcar offers a FREE and convenient way to avoid all of the downtown playoff traffic. Park in any of the Ybor City garages and hop on the streetcar to Amalie Arena!


Not going to the game?  Anyone can take advantage of this later service to get around Downtown Tampa, the Channel District and Ybor City!

Track your streetcar and find station schedules at www.TECOlinestreetcar.org.

Go BOLTS! ⚡⚡⚡

Streetcar service hours during Lightning playoff push:
  • Game 1 - Sunday, June 13, 2021; 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • Game 2 TuesdayJune 15, 2021; 7:00 a.m. - midnight 
  • Game 5 (if necessary) - Monday, June 21, 2021; 7:00 a.m. - midnight
  • Game 7 (If necessary) - Friday, June 25, 2021; 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

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