Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Welcome to Tampa for the 2013 Outback Bowl!

Decorations will soon start coming down and holiday broadcasts are now returning to regularly scheduled programming. The holiday season is almost over. Keyword being, almost, because we're not done yet!

New Year's Eve is coming up and we've got a big time college football bonanza to bring in the New Year!

Welcome to Tampa for the Outback Bowl!
HART and the TECO Line Streetcar would like to welcome all the Michigan and South Carolina coaches, players and fans to Tampa for the 2013 Outback Bowl!

We understand the difficulties in attempting to navigate the local public transportation scene without an idea on what to see and do and how to get there. So, we 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:
  • Busch Gardens - Routes 5, 18, 39
  • Lowry Park Zoo - Routes 41, 45
  • Florida Aquarium - Route 8, the TECO Line Streetcar
  • Channelside Bay Plaza (Dining, retail, Splitsville) - Route 8, the TECO Line Streetcar
  • Ybor City Historic District (Centro Ybor) - Routes 8, 12, the TECO Line Streetcar
  • International Plaza (Shopping) - 15, 30, 59LX
  • Lowry Park Zoo - Routes 41, 45
  • Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) - Route 6
  • St. Pete Times Forum - Route 8, In-Town Trolley, TECO Line Streetcar
  • David A. Straz Jr. Center - In-Town Trolley, TECO Line Streetcar
  • Tampa Convention Center - Route 4, In-Town Trolley, TECO Line Streetcar
  • Tampa Museum of Art - Routes 7, 10, In-Town Trolly
  • Tampa Theatre - In-Town Trolley
  • Glazer's Children Museum - Routes 7, 10, In-Town Trolley
  • University of South Florida - Routes 5, 6, 18, 57
  • Westshore Plaza (Shopping) - Routes 5, 30, 45, 89
  • Raymond James Stadium (Home of the Outback Bowl) - Routes 7, 32, 36, 45


Only $2.00 for a one-way ride!
Flying out? Route 30 runs between downtown and Tampa International Airport every 30 minutes on weekdays and weekends. Service begins at 4:40 a.m. through midnight during the week and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekends.

A 3-day Visitor Unlimited HARTride card is your best bet at only $11.75 and valid on all HART local buses, In-Town Trolley and the TECO Line Streetcar System.


Things to know about the In-Town Trolley and TECO Line Streetcar System:
  • In-Town Trolley: The In-Town Trolley is a rubber-wheeled vehicle, that makes stops at popular locations in downtown Tampa weekdays, 6 - 9 a.m. and 3 - 6 p.m.  The line operate on a 15-minute frequency and costs only 25¢!
  • TECO Line Streetcar Line: The streetcar line runs on rails that connects Ybor City, Channelside and Downtown Tampa. It operates 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and Noon - 8 p.m. on Sunday. Streetcar Operators do not provide change.

It's easy to plan your own trip! Visit www.goHART.org to use the Google Trip Planner feature or call 813-254-HART (4278).

Click here for a map of downtown Tampa's network of public transportation service, including streetcar stops, In-Town Trolley service and HART bus routes.

New Year's Eve Service

Spending the New Year in Tampa? The TECO Line Streetcar System will operate until 20 minutes after the Fireworks Display in Channelside, which is scheduled to start at 12:00 Midnight.

Have a great time watching the Michigan Wolverines take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in the New Year's Day showdown and enjoy all that Tampa has to offer!

Catch a Ride to the Airport with HART!



Ride and Fly with Route 30
Route 30 provides service between downtown & TIA!
Making travel plans this holiday season? Here's a thought:  Catch a ride to the airport using HART!

Route 30 provides service between downtown Tampa and Tampa International Airport every 30 minutes weekdays and weekends. View schedule Please note holiday schedules in effect New Year's Day.

At only $2 each way, save enough to cover the holiday gift budget!

Route 30 runs from downtown Tampa along Kennedy Boulevard to Westshore and then to the airport, with many stops along the way. For those who work downtown, or anywhere else near the route, just park at the office and hop aboard at the nearest stop (call the HARTinfo Line at 813-254-HART to find it -- not all stops are published as timepoints).

For travelers who don't live or work close to Route 30, check for other routes that connect to Route 30. Many HART routes serve the Marion Transit Center in downtown and this makes it easy to transfer to Route 30. Just remember to check the schedules of these connecting routes. While many routes have extensive schedules, a few may not operate on weekends or as early or late as departing and arriving flight schedules.


HART buses are designed for the urban traveler, so there are no luggage racks or bins. Customers may hold a piece of luggage in front of their seats. And, always remember to bring the exact amount for bus fare (for return trips, too!), since HART drivers do not carry change.

HART buses drop airport customers right by the door of the Red Baggage Claim area. For the return trip, just follow the signs to Ground Transportation. Keep the HARTinfo Line number handy (813-254-4278) to use in case of any questions.

As with any travel plan, please build in enough time for traffic, lines at the airport, security measures and weather.

Once aboard the bus, HART will take it from there. Just think about all the holiday fun ahead!

Thanks for riding and safe travels!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

HART to Re-open Yukon Transfer Center, Rosa Parks Day Dedication!



Yukon Transfer Center receives a Makeover

Public restrooms, added bus bays among the highlights
HART will host a re-opening ceremony to mark the completion of the renovated Yukon Transfer Center, the first HART transfer center that opened in 1983. Renovation highlights include:


  • Upgraded to attain ADA compliance
  • Added bus bays to handle additional capacity
  • Addition of public restrooms
  • Improved security features

The grand re-opening ceremony begins at 10 a.m. The facility is located at 400 E. Yukon Street.

HART buses will now feature a plaque dedicated to Rosa Parks
Honoring Rosa Parks Day

In honor of Rosa Parks Day celebrated the next day, HART will also unveil Rosa Parks bus plaques that will be permanently installed on all HART buses. These bus plaques are dedicated to the legacy of Rosa Parks and the "It All Started on a Bus" campaign that pays tribute to the important role that transit played during the civil rights movement, as well as today to achieve social justice in communities throughout the country. Every day in Hillsborough County, thousands of residents without reliable transportation options depend on HART to arrive to work, see their doctor, and attend school.  

This event is free and open to the public. Community leaders, elected officials, HART board members and staff will be present during the ceremony.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

HART High-Five to Jerry Goodman!



Jerry GoodmanCongratulations to Jerry Goodman who received runner up for Driver of the Year by the Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA). Mr. Goodman was presented the award last week at a special ceremony during FPTA's annual conference, which took place this year in Daytona Beach.

Mr. Goodman has been with HART for 28 years, starting off as a service attendant and then getting behind the wheel a year later.

"My supervisor had come to me at the time about the opportunity to drive the bus," Goodman said. "I thought, well, if I don't like it, I can always go back to being a service attendant." He never went back.

Mr. Goodman is one of a handful of HART employees to reach 2 million miles of safe driving. He marked this milestone earlier this year. On average, it takes about 14 years for a bus operator to reach 1 million miles of driving without a preventable accident.

Working at HART almost since its inception, Mr. Goodman has witnessed its many changes. In fact, he was one of the operators to initiate the streetcar system when it opened in 2002 and drove as a streetcar operator for about five years.

"It seems like HART has become more service-oriented over the years," Mr. Goodman said in summarizing the agency's direction over his time here. "The best part of my job is helping a customer get from Point A to Point B."

On weekdays, customers will find Mr. Goodman operating Routes 5 and 53LX. A native of Tampa and graduate of Plant High School, Mr. Goodman now lives in Brandon with his wife of 35 years.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

HART/PSTA Consolidation Study Webinars


*Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Business Journal

HART and PSTA will host webinars to provide information and an update regarding a coordination study currently under way:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14 @ 6 p.m.  
  • Thursday, Nov. 15 @ Noon 
To register for this webinar and receive the required web link and access code, please email MejiaM@goHART.org . If registration reaches capacity, please note that a recording of the presentation will be posted on www.goHART.org and www.PSTA.net after the webinars have concluded.   

About the HART/PSTA Coordination Study

During the 2012 Florida Legislative Session, legislation was passed that mandates a coordination study of HART and PSTA in order to achieve improvements in regional transit connectivity and implementation of operational efficiencies and service enhancements. This study is currently underway, and is due to the Florida Legislature on Feb. 1,2013 . To find out about the progress of this study, please join us for an informational webinar and an opportunity to ask or submit your questions. 

These webinars are being hosted by Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA). HART and PSTA awarded a contract to McCollum Management Consulting to conduct the coordination study, and HART and PSTA have held joint meetings to discuss the study and its progress.    

For more information about HART, visit www.goHART.org   

For more information about PSTA, visit www.PSTA.net 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Reminder: Schedule and Fare Changes are coming Nov. 11!

 
Customer feedback is a big part of schedule changes!
Throughout the year, HART planners assess route productivity and update bus service every spring, summer and fall based on improving safety and efficiency, ridership demands and trends, and customer feedback. In addition, fares are reviewed every two years to determine if changes are warranted. The last HART fare change took place in November 2008. Below is a summary of changes to routes, schedules and fares effective Sunday, Nov. 11.


Summary of Route Changes:
  • Routes 50X and 61LX: Due to low performance as compared to other express routes fully subsidized by HART, 50X and 61LX will merge as a single, local-fare route. Therefore, 61LX will extend to serve Carrollwood Baptist Church and Citrus Park Park-n-Rides, previously served by 50X. View 61LX eastbound schedule and map. View 61LX westbound schedule and map.
  • Brandon Flex: North boundary of the zone will expand from Oakfield Drive to Brandon Boulevard. In addition, to improve neighborhood circulation and ridership demand, regularly scheduled weekday route will be initiated within the Brandon Flex zone. View Brandon Flex map. View locations of Brandon Flex bus stops.

Summary of Schedule Changes:
  • Route 28X: Due to low performance as compared to other express routes fully subsidized by HART, 28X will be reduced from two trips in the morning and two in the afternoon to one trip in the morning and one in the afternoon. View schedule
  • Route 16: Minor schedule adjustments.  
  • Routes 30, 34 and 39: Frequency will improve from 35 minutes to 30 minutes.  
  • Brandon Flex: Due to low ridership, Saturday service will be eliminated.
  • Holiday service: To match service to ridership demand and streamline various levels of service provided on holidays, the following days will be migrated from Saturday to Sunday level of service: Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Most holidays will now operate on a Sunday level of service; Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Martin Luther King Jr. Day will operate on a Saturday level of service.

Fare Changes:

The last fare change took place in Nov. 2008
View new HART fare schedule. HART farecards purchased before Nov. 11 must be activated by Dec. 31, 2012. New HARTPlus fares are effective Nov. 11 regardless of when passes are purchased.

For general information about HART, visit www.goHART.org or call HART Customer Service at 813-254-HART (4278).