Plant City Transit Master Plan Study

Project Overview

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is collaborating with the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) and the City of Plant City to create a Transit Master Plan for the City of Plant City. This project will focus on the feasibility of re-initiating a transit service from Tampa to Plant City through a travel market analysis.


Plant City is one of the fastest growing areas in Hillsborough County with over 40,000 residents and strategically located between Tampa and Lakeland. Currently, there is no bus service in Plant City.
In the mid-2000s, HART and Plant City operated the Strawberry Connector service to provide circulator trips within Plant City, which ceased operation during 2008. Starting in 2012, HART operated a commuter express service (Route 28X – East County Express) from Tampa to Plant City. Unfortunately, HART had to eliminate that service by 2017 since there was not enough ridership to serve that route.

Scope of the Study

  • Re-initiate a commuter bus service from downtown Tampa to downtown Plant City

  • Provide a circulator service within Plant City downtown

  • Establish service to Polk County in the future


This is a short term study estimated to be completed by mid-summer of 2020. It will serve as a Transit Master Plan for Plant City.

The study area is bounded by Knights Griffin Road to the North, SR60 to the South, Brand Forbes Road to the West and County Line Road to the East.

Public Engagement

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Community Involvement

The project team seeks public input to define the study area, identify major corridors and activity centers, and to help narrow down the results to a set of viable alternatives. There will be public meetings set up in various formats that will seek effective public engagement in the form of focus group meetings and public open houses.

Public Meetings will be published as they are scheduled.

Future Steps

  • The final alternatives will be presented to the MPO Board, the HART Board, and the Plant City Commission.



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Vishaka Shiva Raman, MPO

T: 813-273-3774 ext. 350