Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dump the Pump with HART!

Save $ and the planet by "Dumping the Pump" Thursday!
HART is joining public transportation agencies across the country by participating in the 12th Annual "National Dump the Pump Day" on Thursday, June 15, 2017.

We know HART riders make a commitment to "Dump the Pump" each weekday by taking transit. With over 45,000 daily trips, they know riding HART is a more productive commute, that also reduces air pollution and saves money on gas.

HART wants to see how you "Dump the Pump" during your commute.

HART is inviting passengers to show their support of public transit by taking a picture of themselves whether it is riding the bus, carpooling, walking, biking or even telecommuting! Upload a photo of yourself showing how you "Dump the Pump" to social media with the hashtag #DumpThePump.

Taking transit saves money on gas, wear and tear on a vehicle, relieves traffic congestion, creates cleaner air, and gives you extra time to text, or just relax.

Help spread the word about the many benefits of riding public transportation!

Over 45k trips taken on HART daily!
Quick Facts

Public Transportation provides economic opportunities, drives community growth and revitalization.
  • Over 65 percent of the trips taken on public transit are work commutes.
  • Every $1 billion invested in public transportation supports and creates more than 50,000 jobs.
  • Residential property values performed 42% better on average if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service.

Saving Fuel, Time and Money

Riding public transportation is an economical way to save money. The latest APTA Transit Savings Report shows that a two person household that downsizes to one car can save - on the average - more than $9,377 a year. Access to the HART transit network, provides transportation to work, school, and travel to medical and other appointments.

Environmental Benefits

Public transportation systems help to create a healthier environment by reducing pollutants and greenhouses gases. Research from APTA shows that public transportation reduces carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons, and saves the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline in the United States annually. Locally, HART provided more than 14,550,000 trips in FY 2016.

Health Benefits

  • Transit users are 3x more likely to reach their recommended level of activity, simply by walking to and from the bus stop.
  • Using public transportation helps reduce the stress of driving, while also allowing users to socialize (on board, and with friends at events), read books, etc.
#DumpThePump today and everyday! Visit www.goHART.org for trip planning, schedules, and more.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

HART taking System Redesign to the Community



HART is now in the midst of redesigning its transit system in time for FY2018 in October.

Recognizing that a one-size-fits-all approach to transit does not meet every community's needs, HART began working with Hillsborough County residents last year to identify transportation options that are more cost effective and better meet their needs.

Employment centers and commuting patterns have changed quite a bit since the last time a Comprehensive Operations Analysis of HART service was done in 2003. This service redesign takes that into account with new proposed connections, such as Brandon and the University area to WestShore and Tampa International Airport.

In the first phase, we collected community feedback on travel preferences and with this next phase, we are taking the result of those conversations (a redesigned network) to the public.

In the short-term, the service redesign will provide better travel times and more direct service to roughly 80% of current riders.

Long-term, HART is preparing for the future. The proposed network hits the "reset button" on HART service, providing a solid foundation for the future expansion of the HART network, as laid out in our 10-year Transit Development Plan. The proposed redesign provides the right mix of services and connections to get people where they need to go as our communities grow.

Plenty of opportunities to comment on the proposed redesign!

HART is Seeking Input 


HART will be hosting a series of public meetings beginning June 14 for residents and riders to give feedback on the proposed network redesign. HART staff will be on hand to gather feedback and answer any questions. A public hearing will be held on July 26.

Following extensive community outreach throughout June and July, HART staff will present the plan to the HART Board of Directors at the August meeting.

Your ideas are encouraged at any of the following public meeting opportunities.

In addition, you can visit www.goHART.org/TDP for more information on this important plan, including an interactive map of the proposed network redesign.