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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!

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.


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!


Now, let’s begin our journey! Here are the main stops within my site:

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8 thoughts on “Welcome!”

  1. I love what you are doing. Our dear UTA in Salt Lake has just raised fares till they are the second highest in the nation. In comparison my wife and I bought monthly passes in San Diego last spring for $18.00, and that included the trolley that went all the way to the Mexican border. This year we are going to spend the spring in Long Beach and we will pay $35.00 for a pass that includes the Metro and all the buses in L.A. In San Diego we parked our car in the garage of our apartment and never moved it until it was time to come home. Needless to say we love public transportation.

    1. Thank you! I’m glad that you’ve enjoyed your visit to my site! I have much more coming soon! I’m sorry to hear that UTA has had a fare hike. Unfortunately, many transit districts have no other choice but to raise fares and cut service because local, state, and federal funding have decreased in recent years. I do hope that things will be able to stabilize soon so that public transit can grow efficiently.

  2. I would suggest scanning the archives at the John F. Germany Library for some old transit photos. There is also a good collection of photos on the second floor of the Social Sciences building of the HCC Dale Mabry Campus. There is a mix of photos and if memory serves me right there are some transit photos of the old streetcar mixed in. Here is something else that might interest you, someone has pieced together the old streetcar lines on Google MapMaker and added pictures https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=114075604277756759978.000486f2d653687ef2e7f

    1. Thanks Jason! I will have to take a look into the archives. I’ve seen a few of the old streetcar photos through the HCPLC website, but never had a chance to contact them about using the photos on my site. I didn’t know that HCC Dale Mabry had a photo collection too, especially after attending the college between 2006 and 2009 lol. I will take a look at the map as soon as I can.

      1. I wasn’t aware of the photos myself until I had to wait in the hallway to talk to a professor and I was just killing time and I saw them. Also there is a bookstore downtown on Tampa St. that has a pretty good selection of books on Tampa. I’m sure if you sniff around enough you’ll find one with transit in it.

    1. Hola!

      Por desgracia, no puedo ayudarle con su pregunta. Por favor llama a HART (813)-254-4278 o PSTA (727)-540-1900 para más información, si reside en Hillsborough o del condado de Pinellas. Gracias.

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