Presenting HART’s new website!

Just a piece of HART's newly redesigned website. Screenshot taken on 8/16/15 by HARTride 2012.
Just a piece of HART’s newly redesigned website. Screenshot taken on 8/16/15 by HARTride 2012.

The long wait is over at last! Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) has launched its newly redesigned website!

While the official launch date is today, Monday, August 17, 2015, the new website actually went online over the weekend. In fact, I managed to catch a final glimpse of the old website Saturday night in around 8:00pm and was simultaneously greeted with a dialogue box that asked me to sign into a server of some sort. I right away realized that the old website was being taken offline for the last time. By the time midnight Sunday morning came around, the new site appeared to be up and running. So far, I’m very much impressed with the new look and layout!

The homepage is very similar to that of Tampa International Airport’s recently redesigned website, where as you scroll down, you are presented with various menus and links. The background consists of various new scenes of the HART system in action; including a customer waiting for a MetroRapid bus to arrive, a close-up of HART’s 1300-series Gillig Low Floor bus, and a HART Flex cutaway van arriving at a residence for customer pickup. From the homepage, you’ll have quick and easy access to route schedules and system maps, general system information, computer and smartphone-based apps (including OneBusAway), HART news and meeting information, and much, much more.

If you’re a smartphone user, you probably know by now how difficult the old website was to navigate. Those days are over because the new site is mobile friendly!

Screen capture of the mobile site, taken on 8/16/15.
Screen capture of the mobile site, taken on 8/16/15.

As I continue to explore the new website, I may publish several follow-up posts about my experience. In the meantime, you can access the new website via the same web address…www.gohart.org.

Note: Please keep in mind that some of the information currently posted on the HART website is still being worked on. Some bus schedules will not display correctly.

Please let me know what you think!

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