2013 Holiday Transit Services

Since MLK Day is just a little more than 2 weeks away, I wanted to go ahead and post the holiday transit service schedule for all of the transit districts in Tampa Bay. However, since the new year has begun, I’ve also decided to use this post to talk about holiday transit service in general.

On some holidays, like Columbus Day, some districts may operate on a normal weekday service schedule. However, most districts operate on some sort of modified schedule; whether it be a Saturday or Sunday level of service, or a special abbreviated schedule. From what I understand, the level of transit service during holidays is mainly dictated by demand, as well as funding. Most transit districts are able to provide some level of service during most holidays. However, in smaller districts (like Pasco County for instance), transit services will not operate during holidays. This may be due to a lack of demand on holidays, or perhaps a lack of funding. In some cases, it may be both, or perhaps other reasons.

Depending on your transit district, holiday schedules for the entire year may be posted on your transit district’s website. Other districts may only post holiday schedules on a “case by case” basis, so please be sure to check with your respective transit district for the latest information. As always, such information is subject to change.

For the MLK Holiday, which is Monday, January 21, 2012, the following districts will operate on a normal weekday schedule:

  • Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA – Pinellas County, FL)
    • Central Ave Trolley
    • Suncoast Beach Trolley
    • Clearwater Jolley Trolley
    • FLEX (Connector) Services
  • Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT – Sarasota County, FL)
  • Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT – Manatee County, FL)
    • Longboat Key Trolley
    • Anna Maria Island Trolley
    • Beach Express Trolley
  • TECOline Streetcar (Tampa, FL)
  • The Tide Light Rail (Norfolk, VA)

The following districts will operate on a Saturday-level schedule:

  • Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART – Hillsborough County, FL)
    • Northdale FLEX Service
  • Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) Bus Services (Hampton Roads, VA)

The following districts will NOT operate:

  • St. Pete Downtown Looper Trolley (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT – Pasco County, FL)
  • Hernando THEbus (Hernando County, FL)

For holiday schedules for the remainder of 2013, I invite you to check out the links below. Please note that not all of the transit districts listed above have complete holiday schedules available on their websites. I’ve only listed the districts that have 2013 holiday schedules posted to their websites.

MCAT and PCPT generally post their holiday schedules online also, but 2013 schedules are not yet available. I will update this post when they become available.

Also, the St. Pete Downtown Looper Trolley does not operate on MLK Day, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, as mentioned on their website.

I will stress again that all of the information regarding holiday transit schedules is subject to change, so please double check with your transit district for up-to-date information. If I hear of any changes, I will update this post as soon as possible. However, please feel free to contact me via the Contact page if you see something here that is incorrect.

Have a wonderful 2013! 😀

Warmest Regards,

HARTride 2012

Happy New Year! ~ 2013…here we go!

Happy New Year everyone! With the start of 2013, I would like to let everyone know what I am working on for the month of January. Some of the posts that I am planning out include:

  • Ventra: An innovative common-use transit payment system that is being implemented this year throughout the Chicago transit system.
  • Paris Metro Line 12: From it’s beginnings as the Nord-Sud Line A, to its recent extension towards the northern Parisian suburb of Aubervillers, Line 12 is a vital north-south axis for the city’s growing subway system.
  • Part 3 of my fantasy subway system for Norfolk, VA: Where I focus on Line 3 of the fictional subway system, which connects the military hubs of Naval Station Norfolk and Naval Air Station Oceana near Virginia Beach. The fictional line also passes by Norfolk International Airport.
  • Part 1 of my fantasy rail system for Tampa Bay, FL: Since I’ve been talking quite a bit about my fantasy subway for Norfolk, I thought about reviving my fantasy rail system for Tampa. I originally sketched up a map of possible light rail and commuter rail lines prior to the defeat of the 2010 sales tax referendum.

Plus: Updates on HART MetroRapid, and MLK Holiday transit services.

In the next couple of days, I hope to have a poll question posted as well. This question will be in regards to the medians of Interstate 275 in Tampa. I won’t go too in depth, as to not spoil the surprise. However, some of you may have an idea of what I’ll be asking.

In the meantime, I invite you to check out Zac Ziegler’s latest post on Tampa’s light rail ambitions. This post comes not very long after a recent poll showed that many Tampanians now support a sales tax increase that would help fund light rail…something that seemed unclear just two years ago. If you haven’t read up on his other post regarding the 1% sales tax for transit, which he describes what could have happened if the 2010 sales tax referendum in Hillsborough County had passed, then I invite you to read that post as well, as I found it to be a very good read.

Also, I’ve made some updates to the About and Projects pages.

I hope that your 2013 is filled with joy and prosperity!

Warmest Regards:

HARTride 2012