OneBusAway arrives in Tampa!

For instructions on how to use the One Bus Away Tampa applications, click here to go to the HART website.

Back in March of 2013, I blogged about Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) getting onboard with real-time transit tracking software. Well folks! It’s almost time for the public roll-out of OneBusAway Tampa! In fact, the public launch will be tomorrow, August 19! And I am very excited to see HART officially enter the realm of real-time transit updates!

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The Back to School 2013 Edition

Well folks! It’s that time again! Time for many people to head back to school! And whether you’re a college student attending one of the local colleges or universities, or a parent trying to get some last minute school supply shopping done for your children, it is always important to know that with the school year starting back up, you can expect increased traffic on the roads. And yes, that includes those big yellow school buses!

In this Back to School Edition blog post, I will be highlighting the importance of school bus safety, because often times, we see accidents that involve a school bus. All 50 states the US have laws that revolve around school buses, specifically laws that make it illegal to pass a school bus when it is stopped (and its lights are flashing and signs are extended out). Sadly, there are too many incidents by which vehicles pass a stopped school bus as it is loading or unloading passengers, and some of those incidents have involved fatalities or serious injury.

If you don’t think I’m serious about this matter, then please take a moment to jog on over to Shawn’s School Bus Driver website, where he has a page dedicated to this matter in particular. There are also neat diagrams on the page that illustrate which situations where all traffic must stop while a school bus is loading or unloading passengers, and a couple of videos that show just what can happen when other drivers fail to follow the law. I applaud Shawn for putting his time and effort into making such an informative page!

With that said, I wish everyone that is headed back to the classroom a safe and wonderful school year!

A co-branded livery hits the Paris Metro – Part 2

MF 2001 train #096 prepares to depart Place d'Italie, Line 5. Photo Credit: Minato.
MF 2001 train #097 prepares to depart Place d’Italie, Line 5. Photo Credit: Minato.

I can’t believe that this will be my 250th blog post! I want to thank everyone for following my blog, as well as my social media accounts, throughout the past few years! I truly appreciate everyone who has been able to stop by and read up on the various transit happenings throughout Tampa Bay, New York City, Norfolk, and Paris! In September, after Labor Day, I hope to be able to return to my regular posting schedule and start getting back on track with my Transit Staycations and Norfolk Subway series.

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HART Service Changes for August 19, 2013

Note: July and August has proven to be a very difficult time for me due to some personal matters, and I have had to suspend almost all of my blogging activities until September. I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) is enacting schedule and/or routing changes to the following routes on Monday, August 19:

*Route 9 – 15th St: Two weekday evening departures will be added for each direction. The last northbound trip will leave the Marion Transit Center at 8:45pm and the last southbound trip will leave the University Area Transit Center at 9:00pm. Currently, weekday service ends at 7:45pm and 8:00pm respectively.

*Route 37 – Brandon/NetPark: One weekday evening departure will be added for each direction. The last eastbound trip will leave the NetPark Transfer Center at 8:05pm and the last westbound trip will leave the Westfield Brandon Mall at 9:05pm. Currently, weekday service ends at 7:05pm and 8:05pm respectively.

*Route 47LX – SouthShore/Downtown Limited Express: Running times for the first northbound trip will be adjusted in order to improve connectivity to other routes at the Marion Transit Center.

*Route 400 – MetroRapid North-South: To improve efficiency within the downtown Tampa area, HART will be re-aligning the downtown portion of the route to run along Morgan St, instead of the Marion St Transitway. Additionally, running times will be adjusted for both directions, and the Nebraska/Columbus and Nebraska/Fletcher timepoints will be removed from schedules, etc. to help improve efficiency. What’s that? HART has a schedule timetable up for MetroRapid North South! This was something that I addressed in my blog post from June. Let’s hope it will be a permanent fixture on the HART website!

For detailed schedules, click here.