Plant City Transit 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 Plan for the City of Plant City. This project will focus on the feasibility of re-initiating 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.

Current Focus

Public Open House

Join us for a live presentation at a virtual open house on August 26, 2020 at 5 p.m. via GoToWebinar. Register for the virtual open house.

Public Engagement Survey

Please view the Plant City Transit Study Virtual Open House and Survey to learn more about the proposed transit service. Share your feedback with us by September 13, 2020. 

Questions about the Open House or Survey, please call Vishaka Shiva Raman at 813.273.3774 x350.

También, si sólo se puede hablar en español, por favor llame a la línea de ayuda en español al 813.273.3774 x211

Scope of the Study

This study will serve as a feasibility study to identify transit service in Plant City. The goals of the study are as follows:

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. Public meetings are set up in various formats to promote meaningful public engagement.

Virtual Open House

Virtual public open house meeting scheduled for the 26th August, 2020 as a Go-To-Webinar. Please register for the public open house at

Phone: 1-213-929-4212  Access Code: 872-562-112

Public Engagement Survey

A survey will be available to collect public feedback about the transit service. The survey link will be available from August 24th to September 13th, 2020. Please view the open house to participate in the survey and provide your feedback:

Plant City Transit Study Survey

Stakeholder Focus Group Meeting II

This meeting was held on May 21, 2020. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, this meeting was scheduled as a Go-To-Webinar to give the Focus Group an opportunity to  join the meeting virtually and discuss about the initial transit recommendations identified by the study team. Following the meeting, there was a survey that was sent out to the participants to further help the study team with the study. 

Stakeholder Focus Group Meeting I

This meeting was conducted on February 19, 2020 at Plant City – City Hall. The purpose of this meeting was to identify the existing corridors and activity centers, the communities of concern and the transit dependent populations and the areas of future growth and emerging destinations. 


Plant City Transit Study Virtual Public Open House


A: This study is requested by Plant City to explore the feasibility of operating a new commuter transit service in Plant City to connect to downtown Tampa and also operate a circulator service within downtown Plant City

A: The study area is bounded by Knights Griffin Road to the North, State Road 60 to the South, Brand Forbes Road to the West and County Line Road to the East.

Plant City Transit Master Plan Study Area

A: This study will provide a final transit recommendations report that summarizes the existing conditions, travel market analysis, issues and opportunities, alternatives development and evaluation and planning level cost estimates for the various alternatives studied. 

A: This study is scheduled for completion by the December 2020. This date is subject to extension due to the current pandemic situation.

A: The project related documents will be updated on the website as they become available. The public open house scheduled as a Go-To-Webinar. Please register at the link above. Get updates on this project by clicking on the Sign me up! button above.

Future Steps