HART Service Changes (effective July 26) Update

The new schedules are posted on goHART.org. Here is a synopsis of what some of the revised routes will look like.

*Route 6 – 56th Street: Weekday peak frequency has increased to 20 minutes. This occurs from 5am until 9am and 3pm until 7pm.

*Route 7 – West Tampa/Citrus Park: Frequency for the segment north of the West Tampa Transfer Center has been reduced from 30 minutes to 60 minutes due to low ridership. Buses bound for Citrus Park will leave the MTC at :30 past the hour from 5:30am until 7:30pm. Buses bound to West Tampa ONLY, will leave the MTC at :00 past the hour from 6:00am until 8:00pm. The 4:30am and 5:00am trips were eliminated due to extremely low ridership.

Buses bound to Downtown Tampa will leave Citrus Park at :40 past the hour from 4:40am until 8:40pm. This will mean a longer wait time at the Wal Mart Super Center on Henderson Rd and Gunn Hwy.

On Saturdays, a 7:35pm trip from Citrus Park has been added.

*Route 8 – Progress Village: The Final bus leaves the Marion Transit Center at 10:00pm and the final bus from Westfield Brandon leaves at 10:15pm. Weekend service remains unchanged.

*Route 30 – Town-N-Country/Airport: Layovers at WestShore Plaza are now 2 minutes, instead of 5 minutes.

*Route 88 – Town-N-Country Connector: Service hours are now 6am to 8:40am and 3:30pm to 6:10pm. Frequency remains at 40 minutes.

Just a little longer…….

The first of the new HART bus fleet has finally arrived! #2901 is currently at the HART facility in Tampa and will not likely roll out into service for another couple of months. However, there are slight variations between this fleet and some of the older fleets. This can be seen in the interior look and seating arrangement, as well as the look of the rear exit door.

In the meantime, check out the photos at the Tampa Bay Transit History Website.

Say goodbye to HART’s Gillig Phantom buses

The time is almost here for the delivery and rollout of HART’s newest bus fleet, which comprise of 29 Gillig Low Floor 40 foot buses. This fleet will gradually replace the aging fleet of Gillig Phantom buses, which the agency purchased back in 1996 and 1997. You’ll begin to see the transition in September when the first bus, #2901, is projected to begin service on HART’s fixed bus route system.