This post was originally published on 12/05/2013 & was re-launched on 04/15/2020.
Welcome to Transit 101, a blog series where I 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. There are a total of 9 episodes in the series, plus a separate Courtesy Call post regarding transit etiquette. Other Courtesy Call posts may be published in the future.
Before I begin the series, 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! If you have a suggestion for a future post, please feel free to drop me a line via the Contact Page!