HRT DNTC moving back to “regular” interim spot

Due to construction, the Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) Downtown Norfolk Transit Center (DNTC) was temporarily moved over to Charlotte St. Now with that work wrapping up, the DNTC will move back to it’s “regular” interim location on Wood St on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

More information can be found on HRT’s website.

New bus route & transit center coming to Citrus County

It is not common right now for me to report on a transit happening in our northern counties (Pasco, Hernando, or Citrus). However, there was a story on Bay News 9 today that prompted me to make this post.

Now despite the three counties mentioned above being much more rural than Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, all three of them have their own public transit systems. Pasco County operates PCPT or Pasco County Public Transportation, Hernando County runs the Hernando Express Bus or THEbus, and in Citrus County, they operate Citrus County Transportation Services.

Going into Citrus County, the public transit district is very small because the county is largely rural and only encompasses a few small municipalities. However, getting those who may not have their own transportation from point A to point B is crucial. So the county operates a flex van service, similar to HARTflex in Tampa, and one fixed-route bus service called the “Orange Line”.

Today’s news story discusses about plans to add a second fixed bus route by October, as well as construction of a new transit center that should be finished by year’s end. Both of these improvements will provide Citrus County residents with more transit options, even though funding is becoming more and more scarce.

To view the full article, click here.

To the ballot… what?

Well folks, the people have spoken! The sales tax question will be on the November ballot. But now we must build enough support to pass it.

Future of Tampa light rail left to voters
Friday, May 14, 2010

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY (Bay News 9) — After a four-hour-long public hearing, Hillsborough County commissioners decided to put the proposed one-cent sales tax to fund transportation projects up for a popular vote.

In November, voters will be asked to approve a sales tax for transit projects, including light rail.

The final public hearing on the sales tax referendum brought overwhelming turnout on Thursday night.

Over 150 people showed up at the meeting, which started at 6 p.m. at All People’s Life Center on Sligh Avenue in Tampa. Commissioners closed the floor at 10 p.m.

Many of the public who took the chance to speak said the tax should be put to a popular vote in November. Others opposed the tax entirely.

Ultimately, commissioners decided to put the sales tax on the November ballot.

Light rail in Hillsborough County

Part of the one-cent tax, if passed in November, would fund a light rail to be built in Hillsborough county. Initially, it would probably have two corridors.

“For the moment, yes, we’re looking at the red line, USF to Bruce B. Downs/Downtown, and then the portion of the blue line would take you into Westshore and just connect to the outside of the airport by one mile,” said David Armijo with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit.

That puts the airport in reach of rail.

“All your long term parking is almost walking distance from there,” said Armijo.

Shuttles would take people to the terminals with plans to add a rail line through the airport down the road.

The problem is deciding which corridor of the light rail system to build first.

“I think the ridership numbers are what’s going to drive it,” said

Ray Chiaramonte with Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization.

During peak hours there is a steady flow of traffic at the airport and that’s why planners say when it comes to light rail ridership, the airport has so much potential.

“I could picture a traveler coming off of TIA and either going to hotels in Westshore or downtown to a convention, to USF for medical treatment,” said Chiaramonte.

Planners say if the county can show that a lot of people would use the airport route, it could help the entire project receive federal funding.

HART is waiting on the results of a study to figure out how to move forward.

“Which is the best project that we can advance or do we link the two projects together,” said Armijo. “That’s still under consideration.”


HARTflex to begin in April

After three years of delays, HARTflex is finally set to begin service in April! This will mark the begining of reservation-based, flex-route minibus service in the Tampa Bay Area.

How does it work?

Patrons in SouthShore and Brandon, the first two areas to recieve service, can call a special reservation line (to be announced) and place a reservation. Minibuses then transfer passengers from their homes to their place of business or other points of interest within the service area. HARTflex buses will follow a designated fixed route, but will be able to deviate up to 3/4 of a mile outside of that desginated route. HARTflex service will also connect to HART Local or Commuter Express bus routes to allow for connectivity outside the designated neighborhood zones.

See this article for more details, including the proposed fares.

MCAT’s Palmetto Station Opens!

On January 30, 2010, MCAT officially opened its new Palmetto Station Terminal on 8th Ave. W. and 19th St. W. in Palmetto. This change resulted in minor changes to SCAT Route 99 and MCAT Routes 11 & 13. More…