HRT’s November 24, 2013 service changes

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This post is coming a bit late because I only found out about these changes today. However, it’s always better late than never; so here goes with Hampton Roads Transit (HRT)’s upcoming service change/markup cycle, which will go into effect on Sunday, November 24, 2013.

Most of these changes will comprise of running time changes in order to improve efficiency. These changes will affect Routes 1, 2, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 20, 23, and 58 in the Southside region (Norfolk, VA Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake). There are currently no changes planned for the Northside region (Newport News, Hampton).

  • Route 1 – Downtown Norfolk/Pembroke East via Granby St: Running time changes.
  • Route 2 – Hampton Blvd/Naval Station Norfolk: Running time changes. Schedules now indicate which bus stops are not served during the weekday evening rush hours.
  • Route 5 – Willoughby: Running time changes. Schedules now distinguish between weekday and Saturday timetables.
  • Routes 6, 12, 13, and 58: The timepoint at 20th St and Seaboard Ave will change to Seaboard Ave and Liberty St.
  • Route 11 – Colonial Ave: The 5:39 pm trip departing Downtown Norfolk Transit Center (DNTC) on weekdays will change to 5:42 pm.
  • Route 20 – Virginia Beach Blvd: Running time changes.
  • Route 23 – Princess Anne Rd: Running time changes.

To view the new schedules; click here. Please keep in mind that once the service changes take effect, that you will be able to access the new schedules through the regular schedule links on gohrt.com

 

Thanksgiving Weekend 2013 Holiday Services

It’s that time again, that time where we all gather with our families for Thanksgiving. Now, this year is going to be a bit different with some retail stores being open on Thanksgiving Day. However, most transit districts will be keeping in the tradition of running limited weekend-level services on Thursday, November 28, 2013, with some districts not operating at all. As in the past as well, some districts may run only limited services on Black Friday, which is Friday, November 29, 2013. Please see the matrix below to see what level schedule your area transit district will operate at during the Thanksgiving Weekend.

Please note that with this holiday schedule, I’m broadening my scope to include Polk County transit services, as well as LYNX in Orlando, FL, the WATA in Williamsburg, VA, the New York City MTA in New York City, and the Chicago CTA in Chicago, IL.

All transit districts, except HART and HRT (please see below) will operate on a normal/weekday schedule for Black Friday (Friday, November 29, 2013).

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

  • Thursday, November 28, 2013 – Thanksgiving Day
    • Central Florida
      • HART (Tampa): Sunday
        • TECOline: No Service
        • No Services for Express Routes, HARTFlex, HART MetroRapid, and the In-Town Trolleybus Line
      • PSTA (St. Pete/Clearwater): Sunday
        • Applies to ALL PSTA Services
        • No Service for Express Routes
      • MCAT (Bradenton): No Services
        • The Beach Express and the Anna Maria Trolleybus Line will operate
      • SCAT (Sarasota): No Services
      • PCPT (Pasco County): No Services
      • THEbus (Hernando County): No Services
      • Citrus County Public Transportation: No Services
      • Polk Transit/Citrus Connection (Lakeland): No Services
      • Winter Haven Area Transit (Winter Haven): No Services
      • LYNX (Orlando Area): Sunday
    • Hampton Roads, VA
      • HRT (Norfolk/Hampton): Sunday
      • WATA (Williamsburg): No Services
    • Other Transit Districts
      • Chicago CTA (Chicago): Sunday
      • New York City MTA – ALL MODES/SERVICES – (New York City): Click here to view schedules for the Thanksgiving Weekend. Most services will run either a Saturday or Sunday schedule
  • Friday, November 29, 2013 – Black Friday
    • Central Florida
      • HART (Tampa): Saturday
        • TECOline: Normal/Weekday
        • No Services for Express Routes, HARTFlex (except Northdale), HART MetroRapid, and the In-Town Trolleybus Line
      • PSTA (St. Pete/Clearwater): Normal/Weekday
        • Applies to ALL PSTA Services
      • MCAT (Bradenton): Normal/Weekday
        • Applies to ALL MCAT Services
      • SCAT (Sarasota): Normal/Weekday
        • Applies to ALL SCAT Services
      • PCPT (Pasco County): No Services
      • THEbus (Hernando County): No Services
      • Citrus County Public Transportation: No Services
      • Polk Transit/Citrus Connection (Lakeland): Normal/Weekday
      • Winter Haven Area Transit (Winter Haven): Normal/Weekday
      • LYNX (Orlando Area): Normal/Weekday
        • Applies to ALL LYNX Services
    • Hampton Roads, VA
      • HRT (Norfolk/Hampton): Saturday
        • Applies to ALL HRT Services, except Route 414, which will operate a weekday schedule
      • WATA (Williamsburg): Normal/Weekday
    • Other Transit Districts
      • Chicago CTA (Chicago): Normal/Weekday
      • New York City MTA – ALL MODES/SERVICES – (New York City): Click here to view schedules for the Thanksgiving Weekend. Most services will run on a normal/weekday schedule
  • Saturday, November 30/Sunday, December 1, 2013
    • All transit districts will operate on their normal weekend-level schedules.

Customer Service Hours

Updated on 11/25/13.

Hours of operation for customer service centers vary by district. If your district does not operate service on Thanksgiving Day, their customer service centers will also be closed that day. Some centers will also be closed on Black Friday, or may have limited hours. Please contact your district directly to see what hours their customer service department will operate.

Below, I’ve listed information for HART, PSTA, and HRT.

  • HART (Tampa) – 813-254-4278
    • Customer Service Centers will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day
    • InfoLine will be staffed from 8am to 5pm both Thanksgiving and Black Friday
    • Customer Service Centers will be open from 7am to 5pm on Black Friday
    • HART on Franklin will also be CLOSED on both Thanksgiving and on Black Friday
  • PSTA (St. Pete/Clearwater) – 727-540-1900
    • Customer Service Centers and InfoLine will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day
    • Customer Service Centers will be staffed regular weekday hours on Black Friday
    • InfoLine will be staffed from 8am to 4:30pm on Black Friday
  • HRT (Norfolk/Hampton) – 757-222-6100
    • Customer Service Centers and InfoLine will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day
    • Customer Service Centers and InfoLine will be staffed from 9am to 4pm on Black Friday

The following transit district provide Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) for your convenience.

  • HART (Tampa)
    • TECOline Streetcar Corridor
    • Select stations along the HART MetroRapid Corridor
    • Northwest Transfer Center
    • West Tampa Transfer Center
  • HRT (Norfolk/Hampton)
    • The Tide LRT Corridor
    • Hampton Transfer Center
    • Newport News Transfer Center
    • High St Ferry Station
    • HRT Facility on 18th St in Norfolk
  • CTA (Chicago)
    • Various locations throughout the system
  • NYCMTA (New York City)
    • Various locations throughout the system

As always, if you see something here that is incorrect, please let me know.