HART July 4th Holiday Service & July Service Changes

Plus holiday schedules for other selected transit agencies

This combined post will cover special holiday service that Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) will be launching for the July 4th holiday, holiday schedules for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) & a few others, plus go over approved service changes for HART that will take place on Sunday, July 14, 2019.


So what exactly is HART doing for July 4?

Generally, HART has provided some form of extra transit service for the July 4th evening festivities – including extended streetcar service. However this year, they will be running two special complimentary shuttles in the downtown Tampa area to help shuttle people between points in downtown & the Marion Transit Center. This will make it convenient for those who don’t want to hassle with parking in downtown.

A map of the complimentary HART services during July 4th holiday festivities. Click on the image to view the full PDF file.

In addition to the above services, HART will operate its entire system FARE FREE that day. Just keep in mind that all routes will operate on a Sunday schedule & not all routes operate through 12-midnight. Below is a quick rundown of what times the last buses depart the Marion Transit Center.

  • Route 1 – Florida Ave Corridor: 10:05pm
  • Route 5 – 40th St Corridor: 10:00pm
  • Route 6 – 56th St Corridor: 11:00pm
  • Route 7 – West Tampa: 10:00pm
  • Route 9 – 15th/30th Streets: 10:00pm
  • Route 12 – 22nd St Corridor: 10:00pm
  • Route 19 – South Tampa: 10:00pm
  • Route 30 – Kennedy Blvd Corridor/TPA Airport: 12:05am
  • Route 60LX – TPA Airport: 10:00pm
  • MetroRapid Nebraska: 12:00am
  • Routes 8 & 275LX end prior to 9:30pm & thus aren’t listed here.

For schedule information, visit the HART website.
For information on the July 4th festivities – Boom by the Bay, visit the City of Tampa website.


July 4th holiday transit schedules elsewhere

Many transit agencies across the nation will operate limited to no service due to the holiday. Please be sure to plan accordingly if using transit.

  • Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), StarMetro, the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX), & Miami-Dade Transit will also operate a Sunday schedule.
  • Votran will operate on a special holiday schedule. Please view the website for details.
  • Many other agencies – such as Pasco County Public Transportation & Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) will not operate. SunRail in Orlando will also not operate.

HART July Service Changes

Finally, I’d like to quickly highlight some of the system changes that HART will be rolling out on Sunday, July 14, 2019. These changes will mostly comprise of minor scheduling/time point changes, but three routes will be changed to help restore service lost during the Mission MAX system restructuring in 2017.

Schedules can be viewed on the HART website by selecting the menu button on the upper-right-hand corner, then selecting “Maps & Schedules”, then selecting “System Map & Schedules”, then selecting the routes drop-down box, & then scrolling down to the bottom listing within the drop-down that reads “HART Service Changes, Effective 7/14/19 – Coming Soon”.

  • Route 16 – Waters Ave: Will continue to serve the Rowlett Park loop on eastbound trips. However, buses will travel to the Yukon Transfer Center via Florida Ave after completing the loop & layover at the transfer facility. Buses will then travel straight to Northwest Transfer Center going westbound.
  • Route 30 – Kennedy Blvd/TPA Airport: Service in the WestShore Business District will be altered to restore fixed transit service to Cypress Point Park & the Social Security Administration offices off Cypress St. This area used to be served by Route 10 prior to its elimination during Mission MAX.
  • Route 39 – Busch Blvd: After completing the southbound/eastbound jog on Puritan Rd, 50th St, & Sligh Ave, buses will terminate at the NetPark Transfer Center. Westbound buses will not service 50th St & will continue directly to Northwest Transfer Center. Service to Yukon Transfer Center will NOT be restored at this time. It is unclear what HART may do in the future.
  • Routes 7, 8, 35, 37, and 38 will see minor scheduling changes during the weekdays, with Routes 14, 16, 30, 39, 45, and 46 seeing minor scheduling changes during the entire week.

I will begin updating my HART section here on the Global Transit Guidebook website soon. This will include a brand new route listing, an expanded transit vehicle photo gallery, & updated customer information.


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President’s Day 2019 Holiday Transit Schedules

Celebrating our Presidents


Monday, February 18, 2019 is President’s Day. 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 President’s Day, with some districts operating weekday services with modifications.


Service Modifications

The only transit agencies that I know of, by which I cover in The Global Transit Guidebook, that will operate a modified schedule are Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, & the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH). Some New Jersey Transit (NJT) bus & rail services may be modified accordingly, as well as various other northeastern US bus & rail services. Please check with your respective transit agency if you are unsure about the service schedule for President’s Day.

  • Hampton Roads Transit (HRT)
    • Weekday service for light rail, ferry, & most bus routes.
    • Express bus routes 919, 922, 973, & 974 will not operate.
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York (MTA)
    • Subway & bus services will operate on a modified Saturday schedule with some services & routes seeing extra trips.
    • Commuter rail schedules may vary.
  • Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH)
    • Weekend schedule.

Disclaimer

While I’ve done my best to ensure accuracy, the listed information ultimately comes from the transit agencies themselves. If you spot an error, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can correct it.


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MLK 2019 Holiday Transit Schedules

“I have a dream…”


Monday, January 21, 2019 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 (such as HART & PSTA) tend to operate on a typical weekday schedule on MLK Day. Some smaller districts however may operate on a Saturday schedule or not operate at all. Please see the subsection below for agencies that will not operate.


Transit agencies not operating

Pasco County Transit, Hernando THEbus, Citrus County Transit, Polk Citrus Connection, & SunRail will not be operating on MLK Day. Because Polk Citrus Connection will not have service, LYNX will not operate Routes 416 & 427. Because SunRail will not have service, Votran will not operate Routes 31, 32, & 33 (though in past years, the agency decided to run them anyways). StarMetro & Hampton Roads Transit will operate a Saturday schedule. Gainesville RTS will operate a special holiday schedule.


For transit agencies not listed above, they will likely be operating a normal weekday schedule. If you are unsure though, please contact your respective agency directly – especially if you don’t see it listed in this post.


Disclaimer

While I’ve done my best to ensure accuracy, the listed information ultimately comes from the transit agencies themselves. If you spot an error, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can correct it.


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Winter 2018 Holiday Transit Schedules

It’s the holidays!

It’s almost that time again – time to gather with family and friends for Christmas and New Year’s. As with many holidays, many transit agencies operate reduced schedules on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, with some smaller transit agencies not operating at all. Please see the list below as to which transit agencies will be operating on a particular holiday. Please keep in mind that this list is not inclusive of all transit networks in the US, so if you don’t see your respective agency listed here, please contact them directly.

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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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Labor Day 2018 Holiday Transit Schedule

Monday, September 3, 2018 is Labor Day and many transit agencies will be running limited service, with some agencies not operating at all. As always, please see the listing below to see what level of service that each transit district will operate.


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Service Exceptions and Notes

Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) bus routes will not operate, except for the Anna Maria and Beach Express Trolleys. Schedules can be obtained at www.ridemcat.org.

Votran Routes 1, 3, 4, 10, 15, & 17 will operate on a normal Sunday schedule. Routes 20, 21, & 23 will operate on a special Holiday schedule with 60 minute headways on Route 23, and two hour headways on Routes 20 & 21. Routes 40 & 41 will also operate on a special Holiday schedule with two hour headways. All other routes – including Routes 31, 32, & 33 – will not operate. Schedules can be obtained at www.votran.org.

To view holiday service schedules for the Gainesville RTS system, please visit their website at go-rts.com, Once on the homepage, hover over “Schedules” and select the “Fall 2018” button (schedules are updated in accordance with the college calendars at the University of Florida). Once on the schedules page, select the “Holiday/Reduced” button to view which routes will operate.

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Service Exceptions and Notes

Chicago CTA Website

PACE Website (Chicago area suburban bus services)

Metra Website (Chicago area Commuter Rail services)

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Service Exceptions and Notes

NYCMTA Website

NY/NJ PATH Website

NJ Transit Website

SEVT “Moover” Website

SEVT “The Current” Website

Rabbit Transit Website

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Service Exceptions and Notes

Virginia Beach WAVE Trolley/Shuttle services will begin their fall service reductions after Labor Day. Please see below for the following information.

  • Route 30 – Atlantic Ave Trolley: Will continue to operate its normal daily schedule until Sunday, September 30, 2018.
  • Route 31 – Campground Shuttle: Will be discontinued for the season.
  • Route 35 – Bayfront Shuttle: Will reduce service to operate on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only until Sunday, September 30, 2018.

Customer Service

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Additional Notes

Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) are available throughout the following locations for customer convenience.

  • HART (Tampa, FL): All major transit centers (Downtown/Marion, University, NetPark, Northwest, & Yukon). TVMs along the TECOline Streetcar Corridor are being removed in preparation of Fare-Free Streetcar Service, which will officially launch in October of 2018.
  • HRT (Norfolk/Hampton, VA): Updated locations.

Normal Transit Service Resumption

Regular weekday transit services will resume on Tuesday, September 4, 2017.


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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Memorial Day 2018 Holiday Transit Schedules

Memorial Day will be on Monday, May 28, 2017. Memorial Day gives us here in the United States a chance to reflect on the hardworking service of our military members, especially those who have lost their lives while fighting to protect our country’s freedoms.

Like most Federal Holidays, most transit agencies will be running limited services, with some agencies not running services at all. If you plan on using transit on Memorial Day, please plan your day accordingly…and in ahead, as customer service lines may be closed.


Additional Notes:

Some trolleybus routes (Pinellas County) may operate on a schedule other than a Sunday schedule. Please check the transit district’s website for details.

Additional Notes:

NYCMTA Website

NY/NJ PATH Website

NJ Transit Website

Chicago CTA Website

PACE Website (Chicago area suburban bus services)

Metra Website (Chicago area Commuter Rail services)

Additional Notes:

Virginia Beach WAVE Service is currently in operation.


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Additional Notes:

Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) are available throughout the following locations for customer convenience.

  • HART (Tampa, FL): All major transit centers.
  • HRT (Norfolk/Hampton, VA): Along the Tide LRT corridor in Norfolk, as well as at HRT transit centers, the High St Ferry station, and at select (summer) locations along the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
  • NYC MTA: Various locations throughout the region.
  • PATH: Most subway stations.
  • Chicago CTA & Pace Bus: Various locations throughout the region via Ventra.

Normal Transit Service Resumption:

Regular weekday transit services will resume on Tuesday, May 29, 2015.


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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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

Supplemental Links

  • 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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