Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Transit Schedules

Updated on 12/30/14: HART bus routes 7, 32, 36, and 45 will be on detour on New Year’s Day due to the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Customers making transfers in West Tampa will need to do so at the temporary transfer point along MacDill Ave by the St. Joseph’s Womens Hospital. ALSO, HART will run a Sunday schedule that day.

Updated on 12/23/14: SunRail will operate limited services on New Year’s Day. The Holiday Schedule Table has also been updated.

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 2015! 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.

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.

Just like my Thanksgiving post, I’ve complied information from various transit agencies here in Tampa Bay, as well as LYNX and SunRail in Orlando, StarMetro in Tallahassee, and HRT in Hampton/Norfolk, VA and placed the information onto an Excel Spreadsheet, which can be downloaded from Dropbox. Don’t have a Dropbox account? Not a problem! Anyone can access and download this file. Even then, Dropbox provides a free “basic” service for you to upload and share files to.

For transit service information in the New York City metropolitan region, please visit mta.info, as their schedules may greatly vary depending on day and transit mode. For PATH train and interstate bus service information, please visit the NY/NJ Port Authority website.

The Chicago CTA typically runs a SUNDAY SCHEDULE on major holidays. Please visit the CTA website for further information.

Christmas & New Year’s Transit Schedules

  • Access the Winter 2014 Holiday Transit Schedule Table for the following agencies.
    • HART (Hillsborough County/Tampa)
    • PSTA (Pinellas County/St. Pete/Clearwater)
    • MCAT (Manatee County/Bradenton)
    • SCAT (Sarasota County/Sarasota)
    • PCPT (Pasco County)
    • Hernando THEbus (Hernando County)
    • Citrus County Transit Services
    • Polk County Transit Services
    • LYNX (Orlando Metro Area)
    • SunRail (FDOT) – See New Year’s Day Schedule
    • StarMetro (Tallahassee)
    • HRT (Hampton/Norfolk, 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, HRT & LYNX.

  • HART (Tampa) – 813-254-4278
    • Christmas Eve (12/24/14): Customer Service centers will be staffed from 7:00am until 5:00pm. InfoLine will be staffed from 8:00am until 5:00pm. HART AT CITY HALL WILL BE CLOSED.
    • Christmas Day (12/25/14): Customer Service centers will be CLOSED. InfoLine will be staffed from 8:00am until 5:00pm. HART AT CITY HALL WILL BE CLOSED.
    • New Year’s Eve (12/31/14): 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 (1/1/15): Customer Service centers will be CLOSED. InfoLine will be staffed from 8:00am until 5:00pm. HART AT CITY HALL 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. Normal hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
  • LYNX (Orlando) – 407-841-5969
    • Christmas Eve (12/24/14): Customer Service Center at the Central Station will be staffed from 6:00am until 2:30pm, and the InfoLine will be staffed from 8:00am until 3:00pm.
    • Christmas Day (12/25/14): Customer Service center and InfoLine will be CLOSED.
    • New Year’s Eve (12/31/14): Customer Service Center at the Central Station will be staffed from 6:00am until 2:30pm, and the InfoLine will be staffed from 8:00am until 3:00pm.
    • New Year’s Day (1/1/15): Customer Service center and InfoLine will be CLOSED.
  • HRT (Norfolk/Hampton) – 757-222-6100
    • Christmas Eve (12/24/14): Customer Service centers and InfoLine will be staffed from 5:00am until 4:00pm.
    • Christmas Day (12/25/14): Customer Service centers and InfoLine will be CLOSED.
    • New Year’s Eve (12/31/14): Customer Service centers and InfoLine will be staffed during normal hours, 5:00am until 7:00pm.
    • New Year’s Day (1/1/15): 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
  • LYNX (Orlando)
    • Central Station in downtown Orlando
  • 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.

Tampa International Airport rolls out redesigned website (beta mode)

If you haven’t noticed in recent weeks, Tampa International Airport has unveiled a beta version of its newly redesigned website!

TPA Airport New Website 1
Snapshot of the new TPA AIrport website, currently in beta mode. Snapshot taken by HARTride 2012 on 12/15/14.

The new website features a modern, yet streamlined designed that enables passengers to get the information they need…fast! On the upper, right-hand corner, the “Flight Status” area is visible immediately, allowing passengers to check the status of their flight within seconds. You can also easily access terminal maps, parking and ground transportation information, and airport amenities! Additionally, there are comprehensive Travel Guides available to make your journey to and from TPA Airport much easier, regardless if you’re on a flight, picking up or dropping off someone, or needing information on Accessibility Services and international flights.

I personally invite you to check out the new airport site and see for yourself as to just how convenient it really is! Then, compare the new site to the current/old site and see what differences there are. And if you happen to run into any problems, you can easily fill out the online form in the “Contact Us” section at the bottom of the web page (in the blue section containing “Popular” links). This will send an email inquiry to the airport authority staff.

Meanwhile, be sure to keep your eyes on my Tampa International Airport Information section, which will be periodically updated with information regarding the airport’s ongoing modernization and expansion project.