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Monday, February 8, 2016

Farmer's Market Coming to netp@rk Transfer Center!

Florida Urban Organics will offer fruit, veggies and prepared foods
Americans are increasingly on the go, with the convenience of fast food, typically outweighing the more health conscience choice of fresh vegetables and a home cooked meal.

With that in mind, HART is partnering with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful (KTBB) and local farmers at Florida Urban Organics for a first-of-its kind Farmer's Market at netp@rk Transfer Center.

The pilot program will allow transit riders and the general public to choose the healthy option, while not having to deviate from their normal routine.

From February through April 2016, transit riders and the general public will have an opportunity to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and prepared foods at a Farmer's market located at the netp@ark Transfer Center. The pilot program will offer the community a farmer's market on the second Wednesday of each month, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition, to the fresh produce offering, KTBB will host an information table that will provide the public with brochures and pamphlets on the benefits of healthy eating and nutrition, healthy recipes ideas, wellness and smoking cessation.

For consumers on the go, the Farmer's market at the netp@ark transfer center is an ideal solution for purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables, while also supporting a local business.

HART and KTTB will monitor and evaluate the success of this pilot program closely, with a look at possibly extending the program in the future.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Set Sail to Gasparilla with HART and The TECO Line Streetcar!

Take the Streetcar to the pirate festivities!
Arrgh you ready?! Have your sights set on Gasparilla? Well, set sail with HART and the TECO Line Streetcar. We're rolling out extra streetcar, bus and trolley service to ensure a safe and easy way to get around during Gasparilla on Saturday, Jan. 30 

Exact change is the fastest way to get on buses and streetcars during the parade.
HART is by far the most convenient and affordable way to travel to the Gasparilla parade. You can purchase all-day $4.00 bus passes, or $5.00 streetcar passes.

HART will run extra streetcar, bus and trolley service to accommodate the large numbers of anticipated riders, with continuous service throughout the day. (Please note that routes are subject to change due to road closures.)
Below are important details to make the trip to the Gasparilla parade easier:

  • $5 for an all-day pass, which may be purchased in advance with cash (exact change required) at ticket vending machines, located at each streetcar station. *This fare does not cover the City of Tampa parking fees.
  • For those parking in Ybor City, HART strongly recommends riders to board The TECO Line Streetcar System at either Station 1 (Centennial Park) or Station 2 (Centro Ybor) to Downtown Tampa, Station 10 (Dick Greco Plaza).
  • Continuous service 9:00 a.m.-1:30 a.m.
  • TECO Line Streetcar System Stations 3 and 4 will be closed 10 a.m.-2 p.m., but during that time, HART will provide continuous bus service to/from Station 10 (Dick Greco Plaza) between 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Stations 11 will be closed all day. View Map for Gasparilla 2016 
  • Stations 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 will be closed 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

  • $4 for an all-day pass, which may be purchased in advance at HART retail outlets or on board buses on Gasparilla Day with cash only (no change provided). Monthly bus passes may also be used. *This fare does not cover City of Tampa parking fees.
  • For those parking in Ybor City, Station 3 (Streetcar Society Station) and Station 4 (Cadrecha Station) HART will be providing continuous bus service to/from Downtown Tampa, Station 10 (Dick Greco Plaza) 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.  
  • For those parking at the Port Authority Parking Garage in the Channel District, HART will be providing continuous bus service to/from Station 10 (Dick Greco Plaza) 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. View Map for Gasparilla 2016  
In-Town Trolley

  • FREE service
  • The In-Town Trolley provides a connection from the north end of Downtown Tampa (Marion Transit Center) to the south end of Downtown Tampa, Station 10 (Dick Greco Plaza). View Map for Gasparilla 2016
  • Continuous service 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  
Getting to Downtown Tampa on HART

  • From North Tampa: Routes 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 12,  14, 18
  • From Temple Terrace: Route 6
  • From Brandon: Route 8
  • From West Tampa/Citrus Park: Route 7
  • From South Tampa: Route 19
  • From Town 'N Country/Westchase: Route 30
View HART bus maps and schedules

Routes 7, 8, 14, 19, and 30 will be on detour during the festivities.

Make sure to party like a responsible pirate! No coolers or alcohol allowed on HART buses and The TECO Line Streetcar System.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Extended Streetcar Service for Weeknight Amalie Arena Events!

The Streetcar conveniently drops off behind Amalie Arena
Ever make the mistake of driving into Amalie Arena traffic? Honking cars and a scramble for parking is to be expected when some of the biggest names in entertainment come to town.

However, it doesn't have to be that way.

Tampa Historic Streetcar, Inc. and HART have decided to extend TECO Line Streetcar System service until 11 p.m. or event end (whichever is later) during weekday events at Amalie Arena.

Upcoming events covered by extended streetcar service:

  • WWE Smackdown: January 26 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Barry Manilow: February 4 – 7:30 p.m. 
  • Andrea Bocelli: – February 11 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Jeff Dunham: February 24 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Rihanna: March 13 – 7:30 p.m.
  • NCAA Men’s Frozen Four: April 7 – 9 (Time TBA)
  • Ellie Goulding: June 2 – 7:00 p.m.
 Extended Service


Leave Downtown Tampa – Whiting Station
10:45 PM

Leave Ybor City – Centennial Park Station
10:30 PM, 10:50 PM

Leave Downtown Tampa – Whiting Street
9:05 PM, 9:25 PM, 9:45 PM, 10:05 PM, 10:25 PM, 10:45 PM

Leave Ybor City – Centennial Park
8:50 PM, 9:10 PM, 9:30 PM, 9:50 PM, 10:10 PM, 10:30 PM, 10:50 PM

Should the event run past 11 p.m. streetcar service will continue as normal at 20 minute frequencies.
With over 20,000 fans expected at these events, the TECO Line Streetcar System offers a low cost and convenient way to avoid all the event traffic in downtown.  Park in any of the Ybor City garages and ride the streetcar, which drops off right behind Amalie Arena.

Coming from the West?

Park in the Fort Brooke Garage located on Franklin Street and Whiting Street. Whiting Station is directly across the street from the garage.

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

Ticket Vending Machines are located at every station
Know before you go:
  • The streetcar costs $2.50 per ride and $5.00 all day. We offer a family pass, which is allows up to 2 adults and 3 children, or 1 adult and 4 children to ride all day for $12.50. Discount passes are available for youth 5-17, ages 65+, and those with disabilities.
  • Streetcar Motorpersons do not provide change. Please use the ticket vending machine located at the station if you do not have exact change or are paying with a debit/credit card.
  • Streetcar service will operate until 11 p.m. or the end of the event, whichever is later.
  • A map of the TECO Line Streetcar System can be found here.
  • Streetcar service is also extended during Monday-Thursday Tampa Bay Lightning home games. Click here for more information.

Fare and regular service hours for The TECO Line Streetcar System can be found at

Amalie Arena event schedule and ticket information can be found here.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

HART and Yellow Cab of Tampa to Partner on Same-Day Paratransit Service

Yellow Cab will provide same-day paratransit service
HART is ringing in the New Year with the launch of a new taxi voucher program, designed to make travel more convenient for those living with disabilities. The HARTPlus Customer Choice Voucher Pilot Project is possible thanks to a partnership with the Yellow Cab Company of Tampa and a FDOT grant of $150,000 to help fund implementation of the program. This amount will allow HART to deliver approximately 9,375 trips with this pilot program. The initiative provides HARTPlus clients with quick and convenient same-day service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The groundbreaking new service is set for launch on January 1, 2016.

HARTPlus, a very popular paratransit service, serves clients with unique needs - including the visually impaired, those who use wheelchairs, and patients undergoing medical treatment. Traditionally, rides on a HARTPlus van must be booked one to three days in advance, but the new system enables patrons to call a cab for same-day service at the same price.

Under the plan, those already approved for paratransit services can call a taxi and get to a doctor's appointment or back home - or anywhere else for $4. That's the same price they'd pay for a one-way HARTPlus van ride. HART pays the balance of $16 to Yellow Cab as a reimbursement. (In the event that the customer reserves a trip costing more than $20, the additional amount will be paid for by the customer.) All customers have to do is call Yellow Cab at the direct, easy-to-remember number (813-666-6666) to schedule a pick-up.

Yellow Cab will maintain a database of HARTPlus clients that are eligible for this service. HART will also coordinate with Yellow Cab Company to help manage ridership, through productivity improvements and passenger education initiatives to ensure a seamless transition for passengers using the new service.