Category Archives: General (Public Transit)

All things about public transit in general will be housed under this category. This category comprises of topics/posts that apply to pretty much all transit districts.

MLK 2018 Holiday Transit Schedules

Post was updated on 1/14/18.
Posted various updates in service levels and added additional agencies.

Monday, January 16, 2017 is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, where we take a moment to celebrate the life and achievements of the famed Civil Rights leader. Unlike most Federal holidays, where transit services are typically limited to weekend-level services, most transit districts tend to operate on a typical weekday schedule on MLK Day. Some districts however may operate on a Saturday schedule or not operate at all.


Holiday Service Levels

Updates: JTA will operate Saturday service for buses, Regular service for the Skyway (People Mover) & ferry.

PSTA has announced that they will operate Weekday service. An earlier social media post had incorrectly stated Sunday service.

Virginia Regional Transit has announced that they will not operate transit service in Suffolk.

Elsewhere

  • Florida agencies not listed above
    • Space Coast: Saturday.
    • Lake Xpress: No Service.
    • Gainesville RTS: Holiday Schedule .
  • Illinois
    • Chicago CTA: Weekday.
    • Pace Bus: Unknown, please contact the agency.
  • Maine
    • Greater Portland Metro: Normal/Weekday.
    • Bangor Area Community Connector: Normal/Weekday.
  • Massachusetts
    • MBTA: Saturday for buses & subway, Weekday for the Sliver Line BRT, ferry, commuter rail, and paratransit.
    • LRTA: Saturday.
    • PVTA: Sunday.
    • WRTA: Saturday, except Routes 29, 33, & 42, which will operate weekday service.
    • Cape Cod: No Service.
    • Springfield/Northampton/UMass: Sunday.
    • Greenfield, & Haverhill: No Service.
  • New York City Metro Region & New Jersey Transit (NJT)
    • MTA NYCT: Weekday (exceptions may apply, please contact the agency for details).
    • PATH: Weekend.
    • NICE Bus: Weekday.
    • Hudson-Bergen Light Rail: Weekend/Holiday.
    • Newark, NJ Light Rail: Weekend/Holiday.
    • River Line Light Rail: Sunday
    • Please note that NJT bus and NJT regional commuter rail service, as well as MTA regional commuter rail service schedules may vary. Please contact your respective agency for further info.
  • Vermont
    • Green Mountain Transit: Normal/Weekday.
    • Marble Valley RTD: Normal/Weekday.
    • SEVT: Normal/Weekday (no service on Routes M8 & M11).
    • Advance Transit: Normal/Weekday.
  • Virginia
    • HRT: Saturday (Weekday for Ferry service).
    • WATA: Saturday.
    • VRT Suffolk: Weekday.

Customer Service


Normal Service Resumption

All normal (weekday) transit services will resume on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Please keep in mind that transit agency administrative offices may be closed this day to observe the New Year’s holiday.


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New Year’s Holiday Transit Service Guide

2018 is fast approaching, and I know many are carefully planning their weekend so as to not become stranded if they use transit.

On New Year’s Eve (Sunday, December 31, 2017), many transit agencies are offering extended service with more trains and buses and greater frequency in some cases. Some agencies are even offering FREE rides across all transit modes and routes (with exception to Paratransit and ride-hail “Link” services).

On New Year’s Day (Monday, January 1, 2018), most agencies will be operating limited to no service. Please be sure to contact your respective agency for trip planning inquiries and to get information on any service exceptions. Please note that if your particular transit agency does not normally operate on weekends or does not have a special holiday schedule in place, there may be no service provided.

As always, please be sure to have your fare ready before boarding the bus or train, and arrive at the station/stop on time. Also be aware of anything that seems out of place and report any suspicious activities or packages to a transit employee or law enforcement. Enjoy your transit journey!


New Year’s Eve Service Schedule

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New Year’s Day Service Schedule

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  • Special SunRail Service for New Year’s Day (Citrus Bowl): Regular fares for SunRail apply. You can park your car at any of the following Park-N-Ride Lots at no charge: Sand Lake Rd, Maitland, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Lake Mary, Sanford, & DeBary.
  • Votran Holiday Schedules: On the schedules page, select the route you wish to view. For Routes 1, 3, 4, 10, 15, & 17, scroll down to the Sunday Service area of the timetable. For Routes 20, 21, 23, 40, & 41, scroll down to the Holiday Service area of the timetable.


Customer Service


Normal Service Resumption

All normal (weekday) transit services will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Please keep in mind that transit agency administrative offices may be closed this day to observe the New Year’s holiday.


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Christmas 2017 Holiday Service Schedule

It’s that time again, to celebrate the Christmas season! If you’re planning to use transit on Christmas, here’s a few things to keep in mind.

  • Plan ahead: Make sure you know which transit agencies and routes are operating. Some agencies have expanded service for December to allow customers to wrap up holiday shopping. Traveling on Christmas Day? Please keep in mind that most transit agencies will operate limited to no service on Monday, December 25, 2017.
  • Avoid carrying too much all at once: If you’re scooping up a lot of bulky boxes, it can pose a hazard while on board the bus or train. Be sure to keep all items clear of aisles and keep an eye on all items at all times. Theft tends to be real high at this time of year, and transit agencies are watching closely to make sure no suspicious items are left behind on buses and trains.
  • Have your fare ready before boarding: Having your fare prepared prior to the bus or train arriving will help speed the boarding process.
  • Enjoy the ride: Above all though, enjoy your ride on board transit and be glad that you’re not having to do all the driving this Christmas season.

Holiday Service Levels

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day


Customer Service


Normal Service Resumption

Please see the “Christmas Day” notes above.


Disclaimer

All information in this post have been compiled from the websites and social media channels of the respective transit agencies listed above. Ultimately, the agencies themselves are responsible for the accuracy of information that I’ve gathered. However, if you notice something that I’ve written that doesn’t match what the agency has posted (mistakes do happen, we’re all human), please let me know right away so that I can correct the information. Thank you.


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Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend 2017 Transit Schedules

Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful time to spend with family and friends. Whether you plan to stay with family for dinner, or maybe head out evening or Black Friday shopping, I have your scoop to how the many transit agencies that I cover will be operating throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.


 Transit Service Levels

Thanksgiving Day – 11/23/17


Black Friday – 11/25/16


Thanksgiving Weekend – 11/26 & 11/27/16

All transit services that normally operate on a weekend will operate as normal.


Customer Service

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Disclaimers

As always, I try to make sure that all information in this post is correct. Schedule information is obtained from the transit agencies themselves, so they are ultimately responsible for what goes out to customers. However, if you spot something that I’ve typed that is incorrect, please let me know as soon as possible so that I may make corrections.


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Veterans Day 2017 Holiday Service Schedule

Saturday, November 11, 2017 is Veterans Day, with Friday, November 10, 2017 being observed by government offices.  While most transit agencies that I cover will operate a normal weekday schedule on November 10 & a normal Saturday schedule on November 11, some agencies may have exceptions as to which routes will run. Other agencies (specifically some smaller agencies) will not operate at all on Saturday or both days. Please see the following list to see if your respective transit agency will operate on Veterans Day.

As always, I want to thank all those who are currently serving in our nation’s military, or have served in the past. Thank you!


Transit Service Levels

Normal weekday service schedules will be in effect for the following transit agencies on Friday, 11/10/17:

  • Florida
    • HART (Tampa)
    • PSTA (St. Pete/Clearwater)
    • MCAT (Manatee County)
    • SCAT (Sarasota County)
    • LYNX (Orlando)
    • Votran (Volusia County)
    • SunRail (Central FL)
    • Citrus Connection (Polk County)
    • JTA (Jacksonville)
    • Palm Tran (Palm Beach)
    • Broward County Transit (Broward County)
    • Miami-Dade Transit (Miami-Dade County)
    • Key West Transit (Monroe County)
  • New York City Metro Region
    • MTA (New York City)
    • NICE (Nassau County)
    • PATH (Port Authority)
    • Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (NJ Transit)
  • Illinois
    • CTA (Chicago)
    • Pace Bus
  • Virginia
    • HRT (Hampton Roads) – Routes 918, 919, 922, & 925 will not operate.
    • WATA (Williamsburg)

Saturday service schedules will be in effect for the following transit agencies on Friday, 11/10/17:

  • Florida
    • PCPT (Pasco County)
    • StarMetro (Tallahassee)

The following transit agencies will not operate on Friday, 11/10/17:

  • Florida
    • Hernando THEbus (Hernando County)
    • Citrus County Transit (Citrus County)

Normal Saturday service schedules will be in effect for the following transit agencies on Friday, 11/11/17:

  • Florida
    • HART (Tampa)
    • PSTA (St. Pete/Clearwater)
    • MCAT (Manatee County)
    • SCAT (Sarasota County)
    • PCPT (Pasco County)
    • LYNX (Orlando)
    • Votran (Volusia County)
    • JTA (Jacksonville)
    • Palm Tran (Palm Beach)
    • Broward County Transit (Broward County)
    • Miami-Dade Transit (Miami-Dade County)
    • Key West Transit (Monroe County)
    • StarMetro (Tallahassee)
  • New York City Metro Region
    • MTA (New York City)
    • NICE (Nassau County)
    • PATH (Port Authority)
    • Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (NJ Transit)
  • Illinois
    • CTA (Chicago)
    • Pace Bus
  • Virginia
    • HRT (Hampton Roads)
    • WATA (Williamsburg)

The following transit agencies will not operate on Saturday, 11/11/17:

  • Florida
    • Citrus Connection (Polk County)
    • Hernando THEbus (Hernando County)
    • Citrus County Transit (Citrus County)

Please note that the above listing is NOT INCLUSIVE of all transit services. Please contact your respective transit agency for further information.


Customer Service


Veterans Ride FREE With Proper ID

Some transit agencies, including HART & PSTA, are allowing veterans with proper military or veteran identification to use their transit systems for FREE as a “Thank You” for serving our great nation. Please check with your transit agency to see if they are doing this. For HART & PSTA, FREE rides are valid on board all local, limited express/commuter, express, and trolley routes. Paratransit & Link Services (HyperLINK, Direct Connect) are not included. HART will honor these FREE rides on 11/11/17 & PSTA will honor them on both 11/10 & 11/11/17.


Disclaimer

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And one last reminder!

Daylight Savings Time in the United States ends at 2:00am on Sunday, 11/4/17.

Be sure to set your clocks back one hour before you head to bed tomorrow, 11/3/17. I hope everyone enjoys their extra hour of rest!


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Service Advisories

This page will be updated regularly when there is a detour or other service change that may impact transit customers for more than 72 hours.

For advisories affecting the New York MTA, please visit the agency’s Planned Service Changes page. You can also sign up for alerts when service interruptions occur.

For advisories affecting the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (a.k.a. LYNX), please visit the agency’s Service Alerts page.

The listing below is current as of 1/1/2018
Transit agency logos are utilized for informational purposes ONLY. Thank you.


 

 

Selmon Extension Construction: Site preparation for the upcoming Selmon Expressway Extension project has begun. During this time, all existing lanes on Gandy Blvd between the Gandy Bridge and Dale Mabry Hwy will be open during weekday rush hour. The same case will be for Dale Mabry Hwy from just south of Gandy Blvd to just south of Fair Oaks Ave, and the Selmon Exwy itself from the Gandy Blvd terminus to Himes Ave. Lane closures on all three thoroughfares is possible during off-peak daytime hours, overnights, and weekends.

Detour: Due to roadway blockage, buses may be detoured via 4th Ave from Channelside Dr to 17th Ave. Customers can board buses at: 4th Ave @ 14th St, 4th Ave @ 16th St & 7th Ave @ 19th St.

Delays & Detours – Pass-A-Grille: Due to ongoing roadway construction, the Central Avenue Trolley Westbound will travel on its regular route to Pass-a-Grille Way, right on 26th Ave, left on Sunset Way, right on 22nd Ave, left on Gulf Way, left on 19th Ave, and right on Pass-a-Grille Way to regular route. The Central Avenue Trolley Eastbound will travel on its regular route to Gulf Way, right on 22nd Ave, left on Sunset Way, right on 23rd Ave, and left on Pass-a-Grille Way to regular route. Westbound passengers may catch the route on 19th Ave or end of line. Eastbound passengers may catch the route on Pass-a-Grille Way around 23rd Ave Area.

Delays & Detours – Pier District: The Central Avenue Trolley Eastbound will travel from 2nd Ave NE to a left into Beach Drive Trolley Station (Old Dolphin Station), and right on 2nd Ave NE to regular route. Passengers may catch the route on 2nd Ave NE and Bayshore Drive NE.

Schedule Change: The new Wiregrass Park-N-Ride Lot has opened. Please see HART’s flyer for details.

Tampa International Airport Services: HART is currently operating a shuttle van or bus between the Rental Car Facility temporary stop & the TPA Airport main terminal. This service will be operating until the SkyConnect train service at the airport becomes operational (expected to be some time in February of 2018). Shuttles will operate every 20 minutes during the following days & times:

  • Weekdays – 5:10 a.m. – 12:50 a.m.
  • Weekends – 6:30 a.m. – 12:10 a.m.

Delays & Detours – Gandy Freeway Construction: Although the Gandy Freeway project is nearing completion, delays & detours are still possible at times. Routes 4, 9, 58, 74, & 100X are all operating on their normal routing at this time, but Route 444 trips to the St. Petersburg Housing Authority offices are being impacted by changes in the surrounding roadway configuration. Delays should be expected on Route 444 during these trips. Also, Routes 9 & 100X may experience delays due to changes in the surrounding roadway configuration.

Special Event Detours

Special events can always cause detours and interruptions to transit lines. Please check with your transit agency for more information.

HART & HRT Service Changes – Effective 10/08/17

Sunday, October 8, 2017 is just around the corner, and there is much to talk about in this post. In addition to Hillsborough Area Regional Transit’s systemwide restructuring – called Mission MAX – Hampton Roads Transit is also enacting its own changes on the same day. HRT is also undergoing its own Transit Development Plan update and is considering undergoing a similar system restructuring to that of HART. I’ll delve more into HRT in a few moments, but first – let’s do one final rundown of the changes that we’re expecting to see on the HART system.


HART System Changes (Mission MAX)

HART has created a side-by-side comparison on which routes are changing, so that you’ll be able to easily see how each route operates now, versus after the restructuring takes effect. You can also view the summary list of the changes, an interactive system map – powered by Remix, and the new static system map. If you go to the Maps & Schedules Page on the HART website, you’ll be able to scroll all the way to the bottom of the routes drop-down menu to see the new schedules. Additionally, you can begin planning out how your new commute will shape up by going to Google Maps and using their transit trip planner. I have step-by-step instructions on how to use Google Maps’ transit trip planner, but you will want to do a couple of things before you begin mapping out your trip.

Does everything that I just wrote sound confusing? If so, let me break things down a bit:

  • A summary list of the changes is available on the HART website. This list goes through how each route is changing.
  • To view the new schedules for each individual HART route, simply go to the Maps & Schedules Page on the HART website, and select the routes drop-down menu on the left. Once you’ve opened up the drop-down menu, scroll all the way down to where you see “HART Service Changes, Effective: 10/8/17 – Coming Soon”. Beneath that divider, you will be able to view the new schedules.
  • You can view a side-by-side comparison of how each HART route looks like today, versus how they will look like after the restructuring takes effect. This tool is very helpful in determining how your commute will be impacted.
  • The new static system map will show how the entire HART system will look once the changes are in place.
  • You can also view an interactive system map that shows where each route travels to and from, as well as stop placement. The map is powered by Remix, which is a very powerful tool for transit agencies to use for planning – whether it be a large scale restructuring like what HART is doing, or a routine round of service changes. I’ve actually used the interactive mapping features when they were in demo mode (and open for general public use), and I can definitely see why many transit agencies like to use Remix as a tool for their transit system planning needs.
  • Lastly, you can go over to Google Maps and use their transit planning feature to view how your commute will shape up once the restructuring takes effect.
    • Simply click the blue diamond “directions” button on the upper left-hand corner of the page. Then, type the address of where you’re coming from and the address of where you’re going to.
    • Once your itinerary is mapped out, select the “train” icon at the top to launch the transit option.
    • Under the transit option, select the drop-down menu that reads “Leave Now”, and change it to “Depart at” or “Arrive by”, then change the date field to 10/8/17 or a date thereafter, and your desired arrival or departure time.
    • Now you can see which route options are available to you once the restructuring takes effect. You customize your commute further by using the “Schedule Explorer” tool on the bottom left if you wish.

If you have further questions about HART’s Mission MAX restructuring, please do not hesitate to reach out to them by calling (813)-254-4278, visiting the HART website, or reaching out to them via Social Media.


HRT System Changes

Now, let’s take a look at what HRT has in store for October 8, 2017. These changes are not as radical as Mission MAX, but as I mentioned earlier, HRT is working on its own TDP update, which calls for a systemwide examination of its services.


Changes taking effect in the Southside (Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, & Virginia Beach)

  • Route 2: The current detour on Route 2 will become permanent. No service will be provided to Naval Station Norfolk. The route will terminate at the NEX Mall. Schedule adjustments will be made.
  • Route 3: Minor schedule adjustments to improve adherence.
  • Route 21: The current detour on Route 21 will become permanent. No service will be provided to Naval Station Norfolk after 6:30 pm Monday through Friday. No service will be provided on weekends. The route will terminate at the NEX Mall. Schedule adjustments will be made.
  • Route 25: The route will be modified to provide service to Sentara Princess Anne Medical Complex. Service will be discontinued to the Municipal Center via Route 25. Service to the Municipal Center will be provided by Route 33.

  • Route 33: Minor schedule adjustments to improve adherence.

Changes taking effect in the Northside (Newport News & Hampton)

  • No changes are planned for this service change cycle.

Changes taking effect on the Express Routes

  • Route 919: All evening trips revised due to closure of Bainbridge Avenue and Franklin Street.
  • Route 922: The following morning trips will be discontinued due to low ridership:
    • 5:15 AM
    • 6:45 AM
    • All evening trips revised due to closure of Bainbridge Avenue and Franklin Street.

  • Route 960: The route will be revised to service Newtown Station. Service will be discontinued to Silverleaf Commuter Station. Route 960 will operate between Downtown Norfolk Transit Center and Arctic Avenue/19th Street with a stop at Newtown Station.

  • Route 965: All evening trips revised due to closure of Bainbridge Avenue and Franklin Street.


HRT Fare Changes

In 2014, HRT approved a two-phased systemwide fare increase, with the first phase taking effect October, 2014. With this second phase, the one-way base fare for local routes will be brought from $1.75 to $2.00, which is the same level that HART charges for a one-way local & limited express fare. The fare increase was conducted as a two-phased approach so that customers would not be negatively impacted by a single slew of fare increases all at once.

The new fares will take effect on Sunday, October 1, 2017

For a rundown of the new fares and frequently asked questions, please visit the HRT website.


HRT Transit Development Plan (TDP)

HRT is currently working on completing its TDP and is asking for public input. Two meetings will be held., one tonight and the other on Saturday, September 23, 2017. This TDP update calls for a systemwide examination of current services and recommends eliminating lower ridership routes and segments to pave the way for new services to higher demand areas. To view the recommendations and to provide comment, please visit the HRT website.


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HART launches new alert service through Everbridge

Okay, so you’ve planned out your transit trip, know when the bus is scheduled to arrive, got your fare ready, and are now at the bus stop. You’ve done everything that you needed to do and will be on time to work this morning, except that you weren’t aware that there was a detour along your bus route due to construction.

Nathan is not happy about his bus route being on detour. If he knew about the detour in ahead, he would have caught another bus elsewhere.

Different transit agencies have different ways to get the word out about transit service detours and interruptions. However, there is no single best way to do so – especially in the age of technology such as smart phones and Social Media. In some cases, people don’t know about a particular detour because they’ve missed the Social Media post about the detour, or perhaps that person doesn’t have a smart phone.

If you’re a Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) customer, there’s no need to fret anymore! The agency has partnered with Everbridge to bring you service alerts via email or an automated phone call. It’s easy to sign up and the process only takes a few minutes. Within those few minutes, you’ll be able to start getting alerts about route detours and other service interruptions for the routes that you choose.

To access the sign in/up screen, simply click or copy the following link into your browser’s address bar.

https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736726515#/login

The sign on screen. Click the image for a closer look.

If you’re registering for the first time, simply click the link indicated by the yellow arrow in the screen shot above, then follow the instructions on the next page.

The sign up screen. Click the image for a closer look.

Once you’re finished registering, you’ll be able to select which routes you want to receive alerts for.

The route selection screen. Click on the image for a closer look.

When finished, you’ll be able to view your profile and edit any details down the road (like if your phone number changes).

Summary screen. Click on the image for a closer look.

Because Everbridge is an opt-in service, you will only receive the alerts that you specify.

Have questions? Please visit the FAQ page or contact HART directly at 813-254-4278.

Even better news if you’re a City of Tampa resident! The City of Tampa also partners with Everbridge to provide you with Alert Tampa notifications.  The registration process is the same as the above. Please visit the City of Tampa website to learn more about the Alert Tampa service.


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Transit Agency Service Status Post-Hurricane Irma

Updated on 9/18/17 at 6:15AM – THIS IS THE LAST UPDATE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!!!

Please check the Florida Public Transportation Association website to find your area’s respective transit agency website.

Please be advised that due to the severe damage in the Florida Keys, Key West Transit will not be operating for the foreseeable future.


Service Status as of 9/18/17

Any transit agency that has not yet resumed full normal service is listed below.

  • Citrus Connection Polk County: Limited service will operate. View listing of operating routes.
  • Palm Tran: All services have been restored to normal operation, except Route 94, which will resume on a later announced date.
  • Miami-Dade Transit: All services have been restored to normal operation, except the following:
  • SunRail: Limited Trips – Please check the SunRail website.

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