On Sunday, March 27, 2016 and Monday, March 28, 2016, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) will be enacting minor scheduling changes to Routes 24X, 25LX, 27LX, 28X, 31, 36, and 41. These changes will all comprise of running time changes to improve efficiency along each of the routes. New schedules can be viewed through the Maps and Schedules page of goHART.org by selecting the route drop down box, then scrolling down to the bottom of the list. New schedule booklets will be distributed roughly one to two weeks prior to the changes taking effect. Any questions or concerns about these changes should be brought directly to HART’s attention. You can contact HART via phone at 813-254-4278.
The final weekday northbound Route 36 trip will leave at 9:15PM instead of 9:05PM.
In addition to the above mentioned changes, the following changes are also being made to the following routes:
Today, I begin a new periodic blog series called Route Spotlight. This series will profile specific transit routes and highlight the various destinations that they serve. To kick off this series, I am going to profile Hillsborough Area Regional Transit’s Route 36, which they profiled last week as their “Route of the Week“.
Route Overview and History
When I first began using public transit in 2006, Route 36 was among the very first routes that I used to get to and from Hillsborough Community College. The route currently runs from almost the southern tip of South Tampa to the heart of Carrollwood, but has seen many changes over the past couple of decades. While I don’t know exactly when the route first began service, the 36 was originally known as the “WestSide Shopper”, because it previously served numerous shopping complexes along northern Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa Bay Center, and WestShore Plaza. The route operated about every 30 minutes on weekdays and hourly on weekends. Originally there was no Sunday service, but like many of HART’s routes over the years, Sunday service was eventually added.
At some point between 2003 and 2005, HART underwent a system-wide reorganization to create more of a grid system with its urban routes and better serve suburban areas of Hillsborough County. This resulted in the 36 being straightened out to operate solely along Dale Mabry Hwy and Himes Ave, with 30 to 45 minute service on weekdays and hourly service on weekends. The WestShore Plaza leg of the route were taken over by Routes 45 and 81, the latter being eliminated shortly after the reorganization and being replaced with Routes 85 and 89, which in-turn were eliminated and replaced by the South Tampa Flex Route. In 2005, weekday service was initiated to MacDill Air Force Base, replacing Route 4 along the southern end of Dale Mabry. Route 4 was then realigned to run along the southern end of MacDill Ave, which saw the elimination of Route 17. With the elimination of Route 85 in 2010, weekend service on the 36 to the base began. At about that time, weekday midday frequency was adjusted from 45 minutes to 30 minutes.
Today, Route 36 operates every 30 minutes during weekdays from about 5:30am until about 10:15pm (final departures are at 9:05pm for Northbound and 9:25pm for Southbound), with hourly service on weekends from 6:10am through 8:30pm (final departures are at 7:10pm for Southbound and 7:35pm for Northbound). Plans are in the works, based on funding levels, to introduce 30 minute frequency on Saturdays and further down the road, 30 minute frequency on Sundays. Long-term plans for the Dale Mabry Hwy corridor will include the implementation of overnight van service and MetroRapid Dale Mabry “BRT lite” service.
Route 36 currently serves the following destinations
Palms of Carrollwood Shopping Center (Fletcher Ave & Dale Mabry Hwy Transfer Point – Transfer here for Route 33 & the Northdale Flex Route)
Lowe’s at Fletcher & Dale Mabry (sits on the site of the former Mission Bell Shopping Center)
Main Street Shopping Center
Carrollwood Center (Publix)
Busch Blvd (Transfer here for Route 39)
Waters Ave (Transfer here for Route 16)
Florida Hospital Carrollwood
West Tampa Area
Hillsborough Ave (Transfer here for Route 34)
Jesuit High School
Al Lopez Park
MLK Blvd (Transfer here for Routes 7, 32, 41, & 45)
West Tampa Transfer Center (Transfer here for Routes 7, 32, 41, & 45)
Henderson Blvd Shopping Center (TJ Maxx, The Fresh Market)
Publix on Dale Mabry Hwy & Neptune St
Plant High School
Bay to Bay Blvd (Transfer here for Routes 4 & 19)
Britton Plaza Shopping Center (Publix, Burlington, Marshalls, Michaels, Stein Mart – Transfer here for Routes 4, 19, the South Tampa Flex Route, & PSTA Route 100X)
South Dale Plaza (being redeveloped)
Lowe’s on S. Dale Mabry Hwy
Gandy Blvd (Transfer here for PSTA Route 100X)
Publix & Target on Gandy Blvd
Sam’s Club & Home Depot on S. Dale Mabry
Twin Bays Shopping Center
South Interbay Region
During special events at Raymond James Stadium, which is across the street from the West Tampa Transfer Center, the transfer center will be closed due to security and traffic restrictions. Buses during these times are redirected to a temporary transfer point on MacDill Ave & St. Isabel St.