HART rolls out repainted buses for local routes amid reporting record ridership levels.

Some of you may have noticed in recent weeks that many of HART’s buses look like they’re literally going to the dogs. Especially in respects to the exterior paint being scratched away in some areas.

Rest assured; the entire fleet is in good hands. In fact, a couple buses rolled out this week with a fresh coat of paint. The blue, navy, and white livery matches the style of the purple, violet, and white livery that is already seen on Commuter Express buses. However, I assume that HART chose the color scheme to better match the buses to the agency’s logo, which is also navy and blue.

The new livery is only a part of the many changes that HART’s fleet of buses are going through at the present time. You may have read the post regarding the installation of GPS and automated annunciation systems, as well as security cameras, on all buses. Well those systems seem to be fully functional since my last ride on the Route 19 in late July. I don’t know how extensive the GPS system operates, but I’m sure we will be seeing real-time message boards at some transfer centers in the not too distant future, so that patrons will be able to know exactly when the next bus departs.

While I’m on the subject of HART, I also want to mention that earlier this month, the board approved the service changes and fare hikes that are slated to go into effect in November. Again, fares are going to increase from $1.50 to $1.75 and some passes are going to be eliminated. For the full list of changes, click this link.

Ooops! Almost forgot, HART posted the second highest ridership levels ever for the month of July. Bus ridership skyrocketed to just over a million riders, and streetcar and paratransit services all saw great ridership levels as well. Read the full report here.

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