As of the end of July, it seems that HART has approved the proposed array of fare changes and shelved some service changes until next year. What still has me upset is that HART chose to keep the Route 89 in place with no dramatic changes to that route at all.
Like I had posted earlier; Palma Ceia does not need bus service at this time. They are a wealthy neighborhood that still embraces vehicular travel, not so much mass transit. And I believe it is going to stay this way.
With that said, I would also like to mention that the Marion St fare-free zone is going to go away if the proposal is approved. I don’t think the zone has done well, and neither does HART. So they plan to get rid of it for now, with the possibility of bringing it back when conditions allow. Right now, the conditions are not there. Actually, the entire downtown Tampa area would need to be fare free in order for such a concept to work. Tampa’s downtown does not fit the criteria at this time and it will be quite some time before it does.