After celebrating my graduation from the University of South Florida over the weekend; I am pleased to bring you my next transit posting. Besides the ongoing preparation for the upcoming Republican National Convention at the end of August, HART has been finalizing which service changes to make for the upcoming evaluation cycle in November, and whether to increase fares. After many public hearings and input, the decision has been made. I will tell you in just a moment what exactly will be occurring in November.
Before I go into detail regarding the upcoming service and fare changes; I want to report that HART’s Bus Rapid Transit project; known as MetroRapid broke ground on Monday, August 6, 2012. The project is aimed at alleviating congestion along Nebraska Ave, which is HART’s busiest bus corridor. Nowadays, many buses along Route 2 run at full capacity, which means people have to sometimes wait for the next bus because the one they try to board is too full. The new system will allow sleek, modern buses (including the possibility of articulated buses) to run at specific intervals and between specifically spaced stations. Transit Signal Prioritization will also be utilized along the corridor, which allows green lights to be lengthened (and red lights shortened) at intersections.
The first phase of MetroRapid, which will travel along Nebraska and Fletcher Avenues, is slated to become operational by Summer, 2013. For more information about MetroRapid, click here.
Now, let’s take a look at what HART decided to do for November…