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.

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