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Thursday, November 13, 2014

HART sets all-time monthly ridership record!

Despite 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. 

"Our weekday ridership continues to grow, we're a different HART today, and the community has taken notice," said HART Chief Executive Officer Katharine Eagan. "While this is encouraging news, we have to continue the work to improve HART efficiencies, while simultaneously planning for its future growth."
Fast facts: 
  • October 2014 ridership marked 79,183 more trips than the same month last year. 
  • October 2014 topped the previous monthly record set October 2013 as the highest month for bus ridership in HART history.
  • MetroRapid set an all-time monthly high with 57,513.
  • October 2014 is the first time HART monthly bus ridership has marked more than 1.4 million trips.
  • Only one weekday was under 50, 000, so 22 weekdays were over 50,000 daily trips.
  • October 2014 streetcar ridership totaled 23,893 or an increase of 8.2 compared to the same month last year.
The increase continues to be visible in our daily ridership after a record breaking 60,711 trips on October 6 - the most in HART history.

For the month of October, bicycle boardings in Hillsborough County saw a 7.4 percent increase over September's numbers. HART logged 21,430 boardings compared to 19,961 last month. In fact, the HART bikes on buses program saw a 4 percent increase in FY2014 or 233,475 boardings compared to 224,466 in FY2013.

In addition, Almost 192,000 trips from University of South Florida students, faculty and staff have been taken on HART services since July. In October the use of the HART U-Pass service for USF students, faculty and staff increased 9.5 percent or 4,737 trips compared to last year. The U-Pass program is a partnership with the university that allows students to ride any HART local bus for free with a valid student ID; faculty and staff ride for 25¢. 

Meanwhile more than 2.7 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transportation in the second quarter of 2014, according to a report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

For all-things HART, including OneBusAway, Real-time Arrival Information via Text Message, trip planning, schedules, maps and fares, just visit     

Friday, September 12, 2014

HART Board Advances FY2015 Proposed Budget During Public Hearing

Enhancements and a balanced budget were the theme of the first Public Hearing and HART Board of Directors Regular Meeting on the Proposed FY2015 Millage Rate and Annual Budget held September 8. The HART Board of Directors voted to adopt the tentative FY2015 budget, tentative levying of ad valorem taxes, and a tentative millage rate of .5000 for FY2015.

The $83.8 million proposed operating and capital balanced budget is 3.1 percent lower than the current one and includes cost-saving measures that allow the agency to expand service on five bus routes. 
  • The FY2015 budget is based on projected revenue of $65.8 million for operations, which is $2.1 million higher than the current budget.
  • The FY2015 Proposed Operating Budget is $65,813,577, which is $2.1 million higher than the FY2014 Amended Budget and the FY20145 Capital Budget is $18,084, 814, which is $4.7 million less that the FY2014 Amended Budget. 
  • FY2015 Budget goals were established based on the reality of available resources, to provide a stable foundation for HART for five years. These budget documents are available at, under the "Public Meetings" page. 
Primary FY2015 Budget Goals:
  • Maintain current service levels and support continued increases in ridership, while providing enhancements to selected existing services based on Transit Development Plan (TDP).
  • Long-term fiscal sustainability will include a plan to migrate the reliance on Federal funds for operations.
  • Prepare HART for future growth.
  • Focus overall on "forward-thinking" innovative programs; making HART an "employer of choice," and reinvesting new revenues.
In other matters, the Board of Directors also approved all the action items on the agenda, including reaffirming HART vision, mission, core values and goals and the proposed Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for FY2015, and keeping the fare structure as Status Quo for FY2015. The FY 2015-2024 Transit Development Plan (TDP), is an annual update submitted by HART to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

During the meeting, Ruthie Reyes Burckard, Interim Chief Operating Officer, updated the board about year-to-date status and various factors impacting Operations Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

In addition, Ms. Reyes briefed the Board of Directors on the results of an on-board survey conducted by Tindale-Oliver and Associates, Inc. (TOS) contracted by HART. Generally, a comprehensive on-board survey is performed every four to six years. The last survey was conducted in April 2009.

Next Regular Board of Directors Meetings 

The HART Regular Board of Directors and 2nd and Final PublicHearing on the proposed FY2015 Millage Rate and Annual Budget will take place Monday, September 22, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the HART Ybor Office, 1201. E. 7th Ave., in Tampa.

Closed captioning from the monthly HART Board of Directors meetings will be posted within 5 - 8 business days on the Hillsborough Television (HTV) website.

Click here to view video recordings from recent HART Board/Committee meetings.

Friday, August 15, 2014

HART Celebrates Another Ridership Gain in July!

HART ridership continues to gain steam with a 4.6 percent increase, compared to the same month last year.

A total of 1,235,600 trips were taken last month, which marks the tenth consecutive month of serving more than 1 million bus riders in FY2014. This continues a strong upward ridership trend for HART, coming after a record year in 2013 with 14.6 million riders.

"With the initiatives and improvements, we are seeing progressive growth," said HART Interim Chief Executive Officer Katharine Eagan. "We will continue to implement other changes to benefit and attract more riders." 
Fast facts:
  • July 28 saw the highest daily ridership throughout the month with 55,179 riders
  • MetroRapid ridership was 51, 401
  • Year-to-date (October 2013 - July 2014), bus ridership is up 1.9 percent; an increase of 234,099 trips, compared to the same period last year  
  • For the month of July, bicycle boardings in Hillsborough County saw a 7.9 percent increase over June's numbers. HART logged 20,120 boardings compared to 18,649 last month.
If you haven't ridden a HART bus recently, you may be surprised at how much more "user friendly" the system has become thanks to the HART OneBusAway Tampa app, which empowers riders with Real-Time Bus Location Information. The OneBusAway Tampa app provides a suite of tools to deliver real-time bus tracking information to HART riders on the go.

With 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

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  

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
Visit 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!