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The homepage was last updated on 08/14/2019.


What the Guidebook is about

First launched in 2008 as a stand-alone blog, The Global Transit Guidebook by HARTride 2012 is more than just a place to profess my love of public transportation. Rather, it is to inform people about how vital public transportation is through history, photos, and information. Here, you’ll find all kinds of historical and practical information regarding various public transit systems throughout the world: from the Tampa Bay Area to the Hampton Roads/Norfolk Area, from Brussels to Paris, from New York City to Asia, and perhaps even more in the distant future!


What The Guidebook is all about.

If this is your first visit, please visit the About page to get a better idea of what you’ll find on the site, as well as a detailed history of how this all began. You can also watch the brief video above to get an idea of what I cover here on the site. I also strongly recommend any first-time visitors to please read the legal terms of the site, since I have a lot of contributor content. If you wish to contact me on anything that you find on the site; or want to contribute a photo or two, please feel free to drop me a line via the Contact page.


Recent blog posts

Below is a brief synopsis of the last five blog posts that I’ve published. Please keep in mind that while the module actually displays six posts, the Welcome to the Blog post is pinned to the blog page & thus will always show as the first post in the module.

  • Welcome to the Blog!

    September 3, 2013 by

    Welcome to my transit blog, where you can read up on transit-related topics ranging from fare evasion to service adjustments. Feel free to start a discussion if you please, just make sure that you keep things clean. All comments are moderated, meaning that I must approve all comments before they can show up on blog… Read more

  • Gasparilla 2020

    January 15, 2020 by

    Post was updated on 01/24/2020 Yep, it’s that time again, for the annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival! The Parade of the Pirates brings in hundreds of revelers each year, & along with that…tons and tons of roadway closures. So here’s what you need to know if you plan on attending the parade on Saturday, January 25, starting at… Read more

  • 2019 Year-End Public Transit Roundup

    December 31, 2019 by

    In what will be my final post for 2019, I’m going to take a few minutes to reflect back on what happened during the course of the year – both personal happenings in the sense of my transit adventures, as well as some local happenings here in the Tampa Bay Region. All for Transportation Referendum… Read more

  • Journeys Afar – San Francisco, 2019 – Part 2

    December 11, 2019 by

    In this fifth episode of Journeys Afar, I will continue my adventure out to the San Francisco Bay Area. For both my originating & return journeys, I opted for flights that would take me to the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area. I first had the opportunity to traverse DFW Airport back in 2002 & 2003, &… Read more

  • Winter 2019 Holiday Transit Schedules

    December 10, 2019 by

    It’s almost that time again – time to gather with family and friends for Christmas and New Year’s. As with many holidays, many transit agencies operate reduced schedules on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, with some smaller transit agencies not operating at all. Note: A generalized overview has been provided for the initial… Read more

  • Thanksgiving Weekend 2019 Holiday Transit Schedules

    November 23, 2019 by

    Thanksgiving is almost here, meaning that you can spend some quality time with family and enjoy a hearty meal. It also means that the shopping hubbub that Black Friday often brings to our various retail establishments. And on top of that, the Thanksgiving weekend is often jammed packed full of specials and savings at local… Read more

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Transit photo wish list

Although it’s easy for me to get modern photos of the various transit systems that I profile, it’s much harder to get the older photos. Since a lot of my site is history-driven, I would greatly appreciate any contributions of photos, passes, schedules, etc. from the past. Please contact me through the Contact Form if you would like to contribute! Below is a list of things that I’m hunting for:

  • Any photos from the following transit districts (especially older photos):  
    • Transit Districts in the Tampa Bay, FL Area:
      • Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART).
      • Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA).
        • The predecessor districts to PSTA; the Central Pinellas Transit Authority (CPTA), and the St. Petersburg Municipal Transit System (SPMTS).
      • Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT).
      • Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT).
      • Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT).
      • The Hernando Express Bus (Hernando THEbus).
      • Citrus County Public Transportation.
    • Transit Districts in the Hampton Roads, VA Area:
      • Hampton Roads Transit (HRT).
        • The predecessor districts to HRT; the Peninsula Transportation District Commission (PENTRAN), and Tidewater Regional Transit (TRT).
      • Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA).
  • Old bus photos of the following:  
    • Flxible New Look and GM New Look buses from the 1950s/60s.
    • Flxible Metro, Orion II, Orion V, and GMC RTS buses from the 1980s/90s/2000s.
    • New Flyer buses that once ran along the PSTA system.
  • Any photos of the original streetcar lines that operated in Tampa, Gulfport, and Norfolk, and anything else that you care to contribute!

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