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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

  • Introducing – Journeys Afar

    November 7, 2019 by

    While I’ve written several Transit Tourism type posts during the course of the past several years, I never really had a name for the series. But now I do! Journeys Afar will take you on a documented journey along my out-of-town trips by which I’m able to utilize public transportation. Such posts will include re-launches… Read more

  • Veterans Day 2019 Holiday Service Schedules

    November 7, 2019 by

    Monday, November 11 is Veterans Day, with Friday, November 10, 2019 being observed by government offices.  While most transit agencies that I cover will operate a normal weekday schedule on November 11, some agencies may have exceptions as to which routes will run. Other agencies (specifically some smaller agencies) will not operate at all on… Read more

  • Service Alert: TECOline Streetcar

    November 3, 2019 by

    Beginning Monday, November 4, 2019, through February of 2020, the TECOline Streetcar Line will experience a service interruption due to ballast replacement along the streetcar right of way between Cadrecha Plaza in Ybor City & Cumberland St in the Channelside District. Please see the map below for an overview of how service will operate during… Read more

  • November, 2019 Photo of the Month

    November 2, 2019 by

    Our November Showcase photo is here! Can you believe we’re almost at the end of 2019? Anyhow, we continue our journey across the US. Where to next you ask? If you happen to follow my HARTride 2012 page on Facebook, then you already know that I was given the opportunity to travel again – this… Read more

  • Fall, 2019 Website Update & Vacation Notice

    October 20, 2019 by

    Website Updates Over the past couple of months, I’ve been making some major revisions to the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) subsection of The Global Transit Guidebook website. These revisions include the addition of over 100 new transit vehicle photos, the creation of a new retired transit vehicles subsection, & updating route info to reflect… 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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