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HART ‘s Bike and Bus Combo means a healthier commute!

May is National Bike Month and HART makes riding the bus with a bicycle a breeze. HART is encouraging regular riders and those who might want to try transit to also try combining their bike with transit as a viable commuter option. The agency actively supports linking bicycles and transit by providing bus racks on…

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Your community transportation plan has arrived

In the next 25 years, more than 1.8 million people will call Hillsborough County home. As it stands, today’s transportation system is struggling to keep up with current demands and current financial resources are already committed. In order to compete for jobs with other communities of our size, we need to invest in transportation and…

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62 consecutive months of a million plus!

HART continues to celebrate ridership growth. April 2015 brought 1,255,932 trips, marking 62 consecutive months of a million-plus bus rides! February 2010 was the last month with under one million rides. This continues a strong upward ridership trend for HART, with a fifth straight year of record ridership. It’s time to join in on the celebration, get…

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Streetcar regales riders with live music

Saturday, March 7, passengers on the TECO Line StreetcarSystem will be treated to another great streetcar live concert. The artists handpicked by the Gasparilla Music Festival will provide the entertainment. The bands usually board streetcar #434 at 6:40 p.m. and then perform aboard the historic streetcar from 7:00-9:00 p.m. as it clangs along between Centennial Park Station (Station…

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HART News Round Up

HART debuts new clean-fuel buses At its March 2nd Board of Directors meeting, HART debuted nine brand new clean-burning, energy efficient Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered buses. Thirteen additional CNG buses are being built and will be delivered in the next couple of weeks. The nine new buses are part of an order of 22 new…

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Find your ride with one call or click

Finding transportation options can be difficult, especially when you have specialized needs or requirements. Do you know where to get that information? With TBARTA’s myRIDE service, you can explore over 250 local and regional providers of transportation services — from on-demand medical transport to wheelchair-accessible vans — with just one call or one click. Listings also include…

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Streetcar meets cruise ship, ridership jumps 300%

For the third time in two months, Tampa’s TECO Line Streetcar System began service three hours earlier to serve the more than 1,200 tourists voyaging aboard the German cruise ship AIDAVITA. The TECO Line Streetcar was ready with service to downtown shopping, restaurants, and other tourist venues. In partnership with the business community, the special service was made…

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HART sets all-time ridership records

Even with declining gas prices, October 2014 marked the highest month for bus ridership in HART history! The numbers are in, and for the first time HART provided 1,438,947 passenger trips in one month, which is roughly a 5.8 percent increase over October 2013. HART recorded 60,711 trips on October 6 – the highest single day ridership in HART’s history! “Our weekday ridership…

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MetroBee’s first mile/last mile solutions

While HART’s continued record-breaking ridership shows the increasing popularity of bus service in Hillsborough county, the agency is committed to delivering innovative and non-traditional solutions for passengers whose trip times or service areas go beyond the current bus service. To this end, HART invited Metro Bee, a unique community-based service, to share its vision with…

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“OneBusAway” surges in popularity

Since HART launched its groundbreaking OneBusAway Tampa app just 15 months ago, riders are using the app in record numbers. And they are showing overwhelming support for the convenient scheduling app, which puts real-time bus arrival information right in the palm of the user’s hand. HART first rolled out the app in August 2013 for Web-enabled devices such as…

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Streetcar extension for downtown Tampa studied

HART is exploring the feasibility of constructing a streetcar extension through the heart of downtown Tampa to the Marion Transit Center. The purpose is to identify the constraints and improvements needed to upgrade the existing system to accommodate modern streetcar or light rail transit vehicles. Consultants from HDR Inc., with assistance from LTK Engineering, are…

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OneBusAway adds real time text messages!

After seeing the widespread use and success of its OneBusAway app, HART will introduce another powerful GPS-based customer service innovation on Monday, September 8. The new SMS text messaging feature is free, user friendly, and empowers HART customers by putting bus arrival times at their fingertips. Join HART staff in a hands-on demonstrations of how…

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Downtown mulls transit assets & opportunities

Tampa’s urban core, made up of downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods, is the hub of commerce, culture and government for the Tampa Bay region. A lot of people work here, but more and more people are choosing to live and play Downtown too. It’s the center of our existing transit network and is crisscrossed by…

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HARTPlus is going CNG

Starting this April, Hillsborough County residents can climb aboard and experience the newest HARTPlus paratransit van which is engineered with cleaner-burning and quieter Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) technology. According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), CNG-powered vans can produce approximately 25% fewer carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) than similar gasoline and diesel-powered vans. Also, Made-in-America…

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HART CEO Philip Hale announces retirement

After 42 years in the transit industry, HART CEO Philip Hale is retiring effective May 2, 2014. Philip Hale leaves the agency with a number of accomplishments during his tenure as HART CEO including: Record ridership – an almost 7% increase during his tenure The launch of MetroRapid – the first of its kind in…

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