No website activities from 12/21/13 through 12/25/13.

In observance of the Christmas holiday, and to spend some time with family, there will be no blog posts or social media activity from Saturday, 12/21 through Wednesday, 12/25. Activity will resume on Thursday, 12/26.

Here’s a glimpse of what will come just before New Year’s!

  • Thursday, 12/26: PSTA to try out Wi-Fi onboard buses.
  • Friday, 12/27: December Friday Rewind.
  • Saturday, 12/28: Transit 101 – Episode 1
  • Sunday, 12/29: TBA
  • Monday, 12/30: Late December Public Transit Roundup/Norfolk Transit Tourism – Part 3
  • Tuesday, 12/31: Year-End Public Transit Roundup – 2 Parts (2nd part will be dedicated to transit happenings in New York City)

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it! Be safe! 😀

Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Transit Schedules

Post updated on 12/24/13

Information has been updated for Hampton Roads Transit (HRT)

Information has also been updated for Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)

Links have been posted to the NYC MTA website in regards to their holiday transit services.

Tis the Season to be Jolly! Yes, it’s almost time for the Christmas holiday week and time to ring in the New Year of 2014! Today’s post will provide a rundown on which transit districts will be operating on Christmas and on New Year’s. Please be mindful that many transit services will operate on a limited schedule on Christmas Day and on New Year’s Day, with some transit districts operating a limited schedule on Christmas Eve.

Just like my Thanksgiving post, I’ve broadened 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.

Christmas Transit Schedule

  • Tuesday, December 24, 2013 – Christmas Eve
    • Central Florida
      • HART (Tampa): Saturday
        • TECOline: Sunday
        • 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
        • No Service for Express Routes
      • MCAT (Bradenton): Regular services end at 3pm. Trolleybuses end service at 7pm.
      • SCAT (Sarasota): Normal/Weekday
      • 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
    • Hampton Roads, VA
      • HRT (Norfolk/Hampton): Normal/Weekday
      • WATA (Williamsburg): Normal/Weekday
    • Other Transit Districts
  • Wednesday, December 25, 2013 – Christmas 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
        • NO FERRY SERVICES
      • WATA (Williamsburg): No Services
    • Other Transit Districts

New Year’s Transit Schedule

Please be mindful that with many New Year’s Eve celebrations taking place, that many transit routes and services will experience some delays. This will especially be the case in areas where city-organized celebrations will take place. Please be aware of route detours ahead of time, and an increased number of riders along certain routes.

  • Tuesday, December 31, 2013 – New Year’s Eve
    • Central Florida
      • HART (Tampa), PSTA (St. Pete/Clearwater), MCAT (Bradenton), SCAT (Sarasota), LYNX (Orlando), and transit services in Polk County, FL, will all operate on a Normal/Weekday schedule for New Year’s Eve.
      • PCPT (Pasco County): No Services
      • THEbus (Hernando County): No Services
      • Citrus County Public Transportation: No Services
    • Hampton Roads, VA
      • HRT (Norfolk/Hampton): Normal/Weekday
        • HRT Ferry services will operate until 2am to assist with New Year’s Eve passenger demand.
      • WATA (Williamsburg): Normal/Weekday
    • Other Transit Districts
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2014 – New Year’s Day
    • Click here to view NYC MTA services.
    • Normal/Weekday Schedule
      • TECOline Streetcar Line
    • Sunday-Level Schedule
      • HART (Tampa), PSTA (St. Pete/Clearwater), HRT (Norfolk/Hampton), LYNX (Orlando), Chicago CTA (Chicago, IL)
        • HRT MAX Route 960 will NOT OPERATE
        • HRT Ferry services will run per normal
    • No Transit Services
      • Transit services in Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Polk, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties (FL). WATA (Williamsburg, VA).

Customer Service Hours

Hours of operation for customer service centers vary by district. If your district does not operate service on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and/or New Year’s Day, their customer service centers will also be closed on those days. 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
    • Christmas Eve (12/24/13): Customer Service centers will be staffed from 7:00am until 5:00pm. InfoLine will be staffed from 8:00am until 5:00pm. HART ON FRANKLIN WILL BE CLOSED.
    • Christmas Day (12/25/13): Customer Service centers will be CLOSED. InfoLine will be staffed from 8:00am until 5:00pm. HART ON FRANKLIN WILL BE CLOSED.
    • New Year’s Eve (12/31/13): Customer Service centers will be staffed during normal hours, 6:00am until 5:00pm. InfoLine will be staffed during normal hours, 6:00am until 8:00pm.
    • New Year’s Day (1/1/14): Customer Service centers will be CLOSED. InfoLine will be staffed from 8:00am until 5:00pm. HART ON FRANKLIN WILL BE CLOSED.
  • PSTA (St. Pete/Clearwater) – 727-540-1900
    • Customer Service Centers and InfoLine will be CLOSED on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • HRT (Norfolk/Hampton) – 757-222-6100
    • Christmas Eve (12/24/13): Customer Service centers and InfoLine will be staffed from 5:00am until 4:00pm.
    • Christmas Day (12/25/13): Customer Service centers and InfoLine will be CLOSED.
    • New Year’s Eve (12/31/13): Customer Service centers and InfoLine will be staffed during normal hours, 5:00am until 7:00pm.
    • New Year’s Day (1/1/14): Customer Service centers and InfoLine will be staffed from 9:00am until 4:00pm.

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.

December Posting Schedule

Hi everyone!

December tends to be a hectic month for me with the holidays fast approaching and all. As a result, I will be on a somewhat limited posting schedule throughout the remainder of the month.

I will continue with special series posts like Transit 101 and No New Funding (equals) during this time, but I may not be able to get around to others right away. Additionally, I’m already beginning to plan out my Year-End Roundup, which this year, I will be posting on my Transit News Roundup blog.

I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

HARTride 2012

An Introduction to Transit 101

Hi everyone!

I’m about to begin a new blogging series called Transit 101, which will provide my readers with helpful information on using public transit. While these posts are specifically targeted at new public transit customers, long-time riders can also benefit from the information that I’ll be blogging about throughout the next few weeks.

Before I begin my first post, let me briefly explain how I got the idea for Transit 101. During the past couple months, I’ve received email inquires from people who are relatively new to the Tampa area. They’ve asked me how can they get around using public transit? And while I answered their inquiries to the best of my ability (remember folks, I’m not affiliated with any public transit district), I knew that these wouldn’t be the last such inquiries that I would receive.

With these inquiries in mind, I began to wonder how would I be able to help new transit customers get around? With transit ridership continuing to rise, I know that many of transit riders out there are relatively new to the system and are just learning to find their way around town via transit. Although I’m very fortunate to have a public transit district (HART) that has a transit system training program for new transit customers, I suspect that not all transit districts are able to provide such services due to funding constraints.

I’ll explain how such a program works in one of my Transit 101 posts, but to provide a basic idea of what this particular service is about; HART’s Travel Training Program allows new transit customers to be paired with a HART staff member who walks the customer through each step of using the area’s transit system; from planning a trip, to understanding schedules, to making transfers. These programs are very, very helpful, but not everyone is aware of them, so please be sure to ask your local transit district if they offer such services.

With that said, I hope that you will be able to find my Transit 101 posts to be very helpful! My first topic will be about planning your transit trip, and I hope to have the first post up by the middle of next week! If you have a suggestion for a future post, please feel free to drop me a line via the Contact Page!

Enjoy your day!

HARTride 2012

Paris’ light rail network continues to expand

In this post, I’m going to focus on the expansion of light rail in Paris. Over the past year alone, the city’s light rail network has practically doubled its capacity; going from just four lines (Lines 1 and 2, the initial Line 3, and Line 4), 41.5 km of track, and 70 stations to six lines (including the Line 3 extension, and new Lines 5 and 7) 82.3 km of track, and 145 stations! And guess what? That’s only a sign of things still to come! Two more LRT lines are under construction (Lines 6 and 8) and several others are being planned.

T7

Today, I’ll be focusing on the the newest addition to Paris’ LRT system, which is Line 7, or T7. T7 opened to passengers on November 16, 2013 and provides for 11.2 km of track, connecting the municipalities of Villejuif (via the Villejuif – Louis Aragon bus and subway station) and Athis-Mons via the Orly Airport. I will be publishing subsequent posts regarding the rest of the Paris LRT network later this month.

Line Map

Click here for the official line map from the RATP (PDF, in French). In the near future, I will have my own map posted here via Google Maps.

Connecting Services/Routes

Credit: Soundlandscapes Blog.
This diagram shows connections to other transit modes at each stop. Click on the image for a larger view. Credit: Soundlandscapes Blog.

Service to Orly Airport

The T7 provides another level of public transport to Orly Airport. The other modes of public transport being the Orlyval (which is an automated people mover), and the OrlyBus service. Connections to the RER (Commuter Rail) Line B is provided via the Orlyval.

Span of Operating Service

T7 operates seven days a week from 6:00am until 12:30am. Frequency varies depending on the time of day, week, and year. Click here to view a departure frequency table from the RATP (PDF, in French).

Rolling Stock

The Alstom Citadis 302 LRV. Photo Credit: Soundlandscapes Blog.
The Alstom Citadis 302 LRV. Photo Credit: Soundlandscapes Blog.

T7 utilizes 19 Alstom Citadis 302 series LRVs. The Alstom Citadis LRVs are widely used across many light rail networks. In fact, the 1,500th Citadis LRV was delivered to the Paris T7! That’s definitely a LOT of LRVs!

The interior of the Alstom Citadis 302 LRV. Photo Credit: Alstom.
The interior of the Alstom Citadis 302 LRV. Photo Credit: Alstom.

The Ghost Trains (test runs)

Like many new transit links, the T7 underwent a period of test runs to make sure that revenue service runs efficiently. In fact, an entire month was dedicated to making sure each train ran as smoothly as possible! During this time, train ran the full length of the LRT line without carrying passengers.

The Grand Opening

Music fills the terminal of Villejuif! Photo Credit: Soundlandscapes Blog.
Music fills the terminal of Villejuif! Photo Credit: Soundlandscapes Blog.

The grand opening celebrations were filled with lots of fun activities, including music, arts and crafts for the kids, and refreshments. The mayor of Villejuif, Claudine Cordillot, made a speech to the public just before the T7 officially opened for revenue service.

Villejuif mayor Claudine Cordillot. Photo Credit: Soundlandscapes Blog.
Villejuif mayor Claudine Cordillot. Photo Credit: Soundlandscapes Blog.

Future Extension

A planned second phase will bring the line to the municipality of Juvisy by 2018/2019, which is home to a major commuter rail station.

Credits

All content showcased in this post are courtesy of the Soundlandscapes Blog! I thank them so much for allowing me to use their content in my post!