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Welcome to my transit blog, where you can read up on transit-related topics ranging from fare evasion to service adjustments. Feel free to start a discussion if you please, just make sure that you keep things clean. All comments are moderated, meaning that I must approve all comments before they can show up on blog posts and web pages. So any comments that I find to be inappropriate or offensive will not be posted on the website. Periodically, I will have ”Focus Posts” and poll questions that deal with specific transit-related topics.

December, 2018 Photo of the Month

Showcase Time!

Can you believe that 2018 is almost over? I certainly can’t. For the December Showcase, I decided to post a collage of various transit vehicles that I photographed this year. I hope you will enjoy the selection, as I do this each December.


The 2018 Year-End Transit Photo Collage – Select the image for a closer look.
From top to bottom, left to right: Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority # 18105, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit # 1717, Tampa International Airport SkyConnect # 02, Manatee County Area Transit # 59103, Jacksonville Transportation Authority # B014, Flagler County Public Transportation #99, Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (d.b.a. LYNX) # 141-313, SunRail locomotive # 105.

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Website Renovation Update – 11/25/2018

You’ve likely noticed by now that I’ve changed over to a new website theme. While I initially wanted to keep my previous theme – “Twenty Fourteen”, I felt that it would not be in line with the overall look and feel that I ultimately want to create for The Global Transit Guidebook website. Additionally, WordPress is rolling out a new editing interface by which caused my posts to look really weird with my previous theme. So as they say, change was inevitable.

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HART December, 2018 Service Changes

HART Routes 45, 60LX, 360LX, & the TECOline Streetcar

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) will be enacting a few route changes on Sunday, December 2, 2018. Changes include routing/scheduling changes to Routes 45, 60LX, & 360LX, as well as minor scheduling changes for the TECOline Streetcar Line.

Note: These changes were already in the works prior to the passage of the All For Transportation referendum & would have been enacted regardless of the election results on November 6, 2018.

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Thanksgiving Weekend 2018 Holiday Transit Schedules

Family, Shopping, and Attractions

Thanksgiving is almost here, meaning that you can spend some quality time with family and enjoy a hearty meal. It also means that the shopping hubbub that Black Friday often brings to our various retail establishments. And on top of that, the Thanksgiving weekend is often jammed packed full of specials and savings at local attractions.

But what does this all mean for you, the transit rider? It means that you’ll need to plan accordingly to get from A to B, because many transit agencies will operate limited to no service on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22, 2018. Thus, you’ll want to pay close attention to the listing below to see if your area’s transit agency will be operating that day.

This year, I’ve been able to gather information on a wider array o transit agencies within the US. Please keep in mind that this list is NOT INCLUSIVE of all transit agencies within the US, so if you do not see your respective agency here, please contact them directly.

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November, 2018 Photo of the Month

Gainesville Regional Transit System (RTS) # 1807 on layover. Photo courtesy of Sean W.

The November “Showcase” photo is of a relatively new bus this time, # 1807 from the Gainesville Regional Transit System (RTS) in Gainesville, FL. This is one of eleven 2018-series 40-foot Gillig Low Floor buses that the agency ordered to replace its oldest buses. The photo shown here was taken by Global Transit Guidebook Forum moderator Sean W.

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Fall 2018 Service Changes

It’s that time again…

It’s that time again, time to roll out the next batch of transit system service changes. Effective dates and scope of changes will vary greatly by transit agency. For this post, I’m going to divide each of the changes by transit agency and arrange by effective date.

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Sarasota County Area Transit sells express bus fleet to Hillsborough Area Regional Transit

A New Life

Post was updated on 11/25/2018.
Please see the bottom of this post for the updated information.


Many transit agencies go through vehicle replenishment on a regular basis. Here in the United States, most transit vehicles operate anywhere from 10 to 15 years before it’s time for the agency to bid farewell and retire them. Some agencies however will keep buses on the road longer if the need is there – like if a new bus order is delayed or additional demand arises, while others may part ways earlier than planned if the vehicles are no longer needed – many instances due to shrinking budgets and service reductions.

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Changes to the Transit Roundup (e-paper)


A couple of years ago, I signed up with Paper.li to try out their customized “e-paper” based on specific topics that fancies one’s interest. While I’ve enjoyed being able to share various transit-related news through this platform, various changes that are beyond my control have forced me to re-evaluate whether to continue with the service for the time being or not. For the moment, I will continue to have my Transit Roundup “e-papers” published, but they will be done so on a weekly basis after Saturday, September 8, 2018. After this date, “e-papers” will be published every Saturday morning.


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PSTA Bus Fleet – September, 2018

#2116 at Williams Park. I last saw this bus in operation back in February, 2018.

Something that I don’t talk about too often via a blog post is bus fleet changes. And for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), there’s been a ton going on recently – old buses leaving, new buses arriving or on order, and sadly…buses getting into accidents.

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