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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

HART sees another record month in June!


The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority set yet another ridership record last month as early estimates indicate that the agency provided more than 1,194,379 trips in June. That's an increase of nearly 7 percent over June 2013.

The increase continues to be evident in our daily ridership; June 3 saw the greatest daily ridership throughout the month with 54,590 riders choosing HART! June continued the agency's trend of increasing ridership despite a difference in the balance of days within the month.

HART leaders say the continued gains in ridership are proof that Hillsborough County residents and visitors are eager to use public transit. "When more people use public transportation, everyone benefits," explained HART Interim Chief Executive Officer Katharine Eagan. "It's good for the environment, because there a fewer cars on the road. We're working hard to expand our rail service as much as possible within the budget we have available."
 

Fast facts: 
  • MetroRapid ridership was 50,796, or 2,419 per day
  • Year-to-date (October 2013 - June 2014), bus ridership is up 1.6 percent; an increase of 179,908 trips, compared to the same period last year   
  • Bus ridership for fiscal year 2014 is on its way to surpassing 14.6 million from last year. HART is on track for exceeding its annual target for ridership with approximately 14.9 million riders this year, which would be the 5th straight annual ridership record for HART
The price of the HART Summer Blast Pass has been slashed to $15! Kids ages 5 - 17 can use it for unlimited rides on HART through Aug. 31.

Don't know how to get started? Our online  Transit Map Trip Planner will plan out the route for you and tell you what bus to take to your destination.   

Thanks to the HART OneBusAway Tampa app, riders can easily find out when the next bus will arrive at their stop. The FREE application is available on a number of devices and platforms (Desktop computer, tablets, smartphones, Android, iPhone and mobile phones with browsers), which means less waiting at the stop and more time enjoying other things.

For all-things HART, including OneBusAway, trip planning, schedules, maps and fares, just visit www.goHART.org.  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Take the Streetcar to July 4th Fireworks!

Celebrations of this sacrifice for freedom will take place across America on Friday, July 4. Locally, Channelside Bay Plaza is hosting the 13th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. The TECO Line Streetcar System is a proud sponsor of the event taking place in the waters near Channelside Bay Plaza. 

The fireworks display begins at 9:15 p.m. on Friday, with live music starting earlier in the day. The event draws a HUGE crowd, so it is suggested that visitors arrive a couple hours early in order to get a good viewing spot. Only the first 3,500 people will be able to see the fireworks from the Wharf area of Channelside, with wristbands being handed out.
Channelside Bay Plaza is located at the Tampa Tribune Station

Officials suggest taking the TECO Line Streetcar System to avoid the congestion and parking hassle that Channelside will face with thousands converging on the area.

Don't worry about getting stranded! The TECO Line Streetcar System has service until 1:30 a.m. for Independence Day to ensure you get to your car safely!

Suggested parking garages are the Palm Avenue garage in Ybor City or the Ft. Brooke garage in downtown, both garages are less than a block from the TECO Line Streetcar System.  Click here for an interactive map of downtown/Ybor City showing the location of the parking garages to the streetcar line.

HART Bus and Van service will be operating on a Sunday schedule in observance of Independence Day.

For more information on the Channelside Fireworks Spectacular, visit www.channelsidebayplaza.com.
   
Visit www.tecolinestreetcar.org for TECO Line Streetcar System fares, maps and schedules.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Introducing Real-time HART Detour and Service Alerts with HyperAlert!


You're at the bus stop and OneBusAway Tampa swears your bus just passed your stop.

*Cue anger, frustration, sadness, etc.*

Turns out your bus was on detour due to a water main break a couple blocks away from your stop. Unfortunately, the bus was routed around your stop and now you're late for work.

This situation is a thing of the past with HyperAlert!

HyperAlert is a rider notification system that allows members of the public to subscribe to alerts for transit routes. These alerts are sent by HART when an issue is impacting a route. Examples of typical usage include service delays due to weather or construction. HyperAlert is a completely opt-in system, meaning that you select the notifications that you wish to receive.


Getting Started

Click "New Subscription" on left hand side to subscribe to routes
Simply sign up for an account with your email and log in. Once logged in, click "New Subscription" on the left hand side. Select the routes that you wish to receive service notifications for and you're done.

Want text notifications? Add you phone number and service provider when registering your account.

Additional Questions?

If you still have questions regarding HyperAlert please visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page or visit HART on Facebook.



Friday, May 9, 2014

Ride the (Heat)Wave with the TECO Line Streetcar this Friday and Saturday!

60 bands over
A Heatwave is expected to hit Ybor this Friday and Saturday - over 60 bands across ten stages. Yeah, that's a Tropical Heatwave.

For 33 years, WMNF 88.5 FM has provided the annual musical buffet of local and semi-local acts along with vendors selling food, drinks and other wares. The stages are as diverse as the performers with the Cuban Club and New World Brewery in west Ybor and Orpheum and The Crowbar in east Ybor (among other venues) all housing acts throughout the day.

With so many venues spread throughout Ybor, your best bet is the TECO Line Streetcar System! Three streetcar stations are located within 1 block of all the venues, so save your feet for dancing and hop on! The TECO Line Streetcar runs every 20 minutes and operates until 1:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Click here for a map of TECO Line Streetcar service. Visit the TECO Line Streetcar website for fare, map and schedule information.

Breakdown of streetcar stations serving Heatwave venues:


Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union Station (Station #2)
Streetcar Society Station (Station #3)
Cadrecha Plaza (Station #4)
For more information on WMNF 88.5 FM's Tropical Heatwave, click here. Save your legs and some time with the TECO Line Streetcar System. Enjoy the shows!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

HART Summer Blast Pass is Back! Only $30 for 3 Months of Rides!

Three months of UNLIMITED rides for only $30!
It's time to blast into summer with the HART Summer Blast Pass! For just $30, students 17 and under get 3 months of unlimited rides on HART services.

T
hat's less than $1.90 a week! 

The Summer Blast Pass is the perfect way for to get to summer jobs, the movies, the mall and all of your child's favorite places.

The pass is now on sale, and may be used on any HART service, excluding HARTPlus and The TECO Line Streetcar System from May 12 - Aug. 31. Riders 12 and younger must have an adult traveling with them. Proof of age is required at the time of purchase.

Summer Blast Passes are available for purchase at any of the following four HART locations:
  • Downtown Tampa: HART on Franklin, 403 N. Franklin St.
  • Downtown Tampa: Marion Transit Center, 1211 N. Marion St.
  • University Area: University Area Transit Center, 13110 N. 27th St. 
  • Ybor City: HART Administrative Offices, 1201 E. 7th Ave.
 
The HART Summer Blast Pass provides kids with a way to be green, learn independence and save money. The purpose of the program is to familiarize youth to consider transit as alternative transportation, and it allows them to travel safely and independently throughout Hillsborough County. 

View HART Summer Blast Pass flyer in English and Spanish (.PDF)

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


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Extended Hours for the TECO Line Streetcar During Lightning Playoff Run

 
Streetcar drops off at the Tampa Bay Times Forum!
HART is all in on the Tampa Bay Lightning's Stanley Cup run! The TECO Line Streetcar System is extending regular streetcar service hours during the remaining Tampa Bay Lightning playoff games. Streetcar service will operate until midnight for Game 1 on Wednesday and normal hours of 1:30 a.m. for Game 2 on Friday. Should a Game 5 be needed, or the Lightning advance to the next round, Monday-Thursday streetcar service will be extended 15 minutes following the end of the game.

With over 20,000+ fans converging on the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the TECO Line Streetcar offers a low cost and convenient way to avoid all the playoff traffic in downtown.  Park in any of the Ybor City garages and ride the streetcar, which drops off at the Tampa Bay Times Forum!

Not going to the game?  Anyone can take advantage of this later service to get around Downtown Tampa, the Channel District and Ybor City!

TECO Line Streetcar fares and regular service hours can be found at www.TECOlinestreetcar.org.

Tampa Bay Lightning's playoff ticket information and schedule can be found here.

Go BOLTS!

Streetcar service hours during Lightning playoff push:
  • Game 1 - Wednesday, April 16, 2014: 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
  • Game 2 - Friday, April 18, 2014: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
  • Game 5 (If necessary) - Thursday, April 24, 2014: 12:00 p.m. - 15 minutes following the end of the game
  • Game 7 (If necessary) - Tuesday, April 29, 2014: 12:00 p.m. - 15 minutes following the end of the game

Monday, March 31, 2014

HART has you covered with upgraded bus stops and shelters!

One out of five of HART's 3,200 stops are shelters! 
HART is fully committed to its progressive Bus Stop Improvement Program, which will make all bus stops ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant; not just for someone in a wheelchair, but anyone with any kind of mobility device. For the past couple of years, a route-by-route assessment has been underway for all of the agency's approximately 3,200 bus stops and 681 shelters to ensure they comply with these standards. Sites scheduled for improvements are chosen based on ridership activity and demand, proximity to other nearby covered stops, adequate right-of-way, opportunities to sell advertisements, and planned neighborhood improvements. 

This project, known as the Bus Stop Improvement Program, also provides all riders with enhanced passenger amenities such as, bus bays, new sidewalks and shelters to help protect customers from the rain and hot sunshine. This is especially significant since 55.3 percent of HART riders board at shelters.

All new shelters are lit by solar power, saving taxpayer money on electrical costs and making them environmentally friendly. By using solar power the authority's energy savings will return the cost of investment while enjoying increased safety, less maintenance, and a smaller carbon footprint! Meanwhile HART has already tripled the number of covered stops from one shelter for every 15 stops to one shelter for every five stops.
The latest installation completed was placement of a bus bay on Fowler Avenue and 53rd Street in the City of Temple Terrace. To match the city's Mediterranean-style theme it was given a custom Spanish-tiled roof. The installation also includes stand-alone seating to accommodate the high volume of patrons that utilize the stop.    
Also, completed were bus bay projects on the south side of Progress Blvd east of I-75 at Valley Dale Drive in front of Villages of Bloomingdale Apartments and MLK Jr. Blvd and Interstate Corporate Center just west of I-4.
Improvements also have other practical benefits for riders, for example, an insufficient number of stops can diminish customer access to HART services, so creating new stops under the Bus Stop Improvement Program addresses that issue. Similarly, optimizing the distances between bus stops helps ensure that buses stay on schedule by cutting down on unnecessary, inefficient stops that can cause delays.
The Bus Stop Improvement Program is supported by federal funding, as well as local impact fees. In addition, this program is driven by partnerships. An advertising contract with Signal Outdoor, for instance, helps offset shelter costs. Signal Outdoor pays for shelters and their maintenance, in exchange for shared advertising revenue. HART also engages with private developers, local government and the Florida Department of Transportation for opportunities to obtain land easements or offset construction cost.