Page Updated on: 09/29/17
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) is the public transit district in Hillsborough County, Florida, covering the municipalities of Tampa, Temple Terrace, Carrollwood, Brandon, and Ruskin. HART was established by an act of the Florida Legislature in 1980 and comprises of over 40 fixed-route local and express bus routes, a downtown Tampa trolleybus route (The InTowner), a door-to-door paratransit service (HARTPlus), several flex-route neighborhood connectors (HART Flex), and a lightened version of bus rapid transit (MetroRapid). In addition to these services, HART also manages the TECOline Streetcar Line.
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- Route 51X Pasco County: Park-N-Ride Changes
- MetroRapid North-South: Southbound buses are detouring via I-75, Fowler Ave, & 56th St due to emergency roadway repairs on Fletcher Ave at the Hillsborough River Bridge. All stops along Telecom Pkwy & Hidden River Pkwy will be served as normal, but buses will continue along the detour route before returning to Fletcher Ave and the University Area Transit Center. Customers should expect significant delays, especially during rush hours.
The remainder of this page will go through a general overview of the HART bus system; including the structure by which HART bus routes operate on, transit centers and other major bus transfer points, and practical information such as current fares.
Are you new to the HART bus system? If you answered “YES”, I invite you to watch this neat video that HART put together through City of Tampa Television! HART partnered with members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla to show everyone how to use the HART bus system! Remember…safety first! I don’t want to see anyone walk the plank!
Transit Network Structure and Transit Centers
Like many transit districts; HART operates on a hub-spoke system by which routes travel out of centralized transfer points. There are currently two full-service transit centers that include a staffed customer service window. These centers also include restrooms, sheltered bus loading bays, and vending machines. In downtown Tampa, the Marion Street Transit Center (MTC) provides seamless connections to 15 local bus routes, 11 express bus routes, the In-Town Trolleybus Line, and the MetroRapid North-South Line. Additionally, the MTC’s northern platform (which serves MetroRapid) also provides transfers to Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority express bus routes 100X and 300X, as well as intercity bus services provided by Megabus and RedCoach. In northeast Tampa, near the University of South Florida, the University Area Transit Center provides seamless connections to 10 local bus routes, one limited express route, and the MetroRapid North-South Line.
In addition to these facilities; HART also has four transfer centers that have sheltered bus loading bays, restrooms, and vending machines. These centers include the East Tampa – or NetPark Transfer Center, the West Tampa Transfer Center, the Northwest Transfer Center, and the Yukon Street Transfer Center. Ticket vending machines (or TVMs) are also available at the West Tampa, Northwest, and Yukon Transfer Centers. There are also several other transfer points located throughout Hillsborough County.
The Marion Street Transit Center (better known as just the Marion Transit Center or MTC) opened in 2001 to replace a not-so-pleasant bus transfer depot located underneath Interstate 275 called the Northern Terminal. Prior to the opening of the MTC, customers had to deal with water leaking from the viaduct overhead whenever it rained. In addition, the Northern Terminal had no restroom facilities, which served as a huge inconvenience for customers. With the Northern Terminal becoming quickly outdated by the mid 1990s, it was clear that HART had to find a new site to build a modern terminal. In the late 1990s, the Florida Department of Transportation announced that the downtown viaduct section of I-275 would be undergoing a major overhaul. As a result, HART eventually chose a site located along Marion and Morgan Streets, just south of Scott Street to build its new downtown bus terminal.
The Marion Transit Center happily sits on the northern end of the Marion Street Transitway, which was constructed during the 1980s. The MTC serves nearly 30 local and express routes (including PSTA’s 100X and 300X) and includes an array of amenities, including; a customer service center, office space, bus driver lounge, restrooms, bus shelters, and an array of public art displays. There is also an on-site “grab-n-go” eatery called MTC2, which is operated in partnership with the MacDonald Training Center. In mid-2009, HART began installing television screens in select parts of the transit center to display real-time departure information.
The MTC serves the following routes: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 18, 19, 30, 20X, 21LX, 22X, 27X, 28X, 47LX, 51X, 61LX, 200X, the In-Towner Trolley, and the MetroRapid North-South Line. Plus PSTA Routes 100X and 300X, and intercity bus services by Megabus and RedCoach.
Current MTC Bus Boarding Locations (As of May, 2015)
Central Platforms – A: Route 30, B: Route 18, C: Route 6, D: Route 5, E: Route 1, F: Route 14, G: Route 7, H: Route 2, I: Route 9, J: Route 8, K: Route 19, L: Route 12, M: Route 4, N: Routes 10/46.
West Platform Drop-Off: 21LX, 22X, 27LX, 28X, 47LX.
West Platform Pick-Up: 20X, 21LX, 51X, 61LX. 200X.
East Platform Drop-Off: 20X, 51X, 61LX, 200X.
East Platform Pick-Up: 22X, 27LX, 28X, 47LX.
East Platform Local Boarding Area: In-Towner Trolley (96).
North Platform: MetroRapid North-South Line, PSTA Route 100X, PSTA Route 300X, Intercity Bus Services provided by Megabus and RedCoach.
Constructed in the 1980s, the Marion Street Transitway provides a line of bus shelters along the street to allow patrons to easily board and de-board buses within Downtown Tampa. The transitway runs from the Marion Transit Center to Whiting Street and was originally a “fare-free” zone until 2008.
All of the shelters along the transitway have more of a traditional design than a typical bus shelter, slightly reminiscent of old Tampa. These shelters were at one time, equipped with departure time signage, allowing patrons to view when the next bus would arrive. Such technology in the past have malfunctioned and were removed as a result. The remaining “shells” of this signage were gradually removed during the course of 2012. Future plans will revamp the transitway to exclusively serve regional express bus routes – including those tied to the controversial Tampa Bay Express toll lane project.
Constructed in the late 1990s and located in the USF area (within the quadrant of 131st Ave, Livingston Ave, N 27th St, and 132nd Ave), the UATC is the transfer point for 12 local bus routes. This facility includes bus shelters, restrooms, and a customer service center.
The UATC serves the following routes: 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 18, 21LX, 33, 45, 57, and the MetroRapid North-South Line.
Current UATC Bus Boarding Locations (As of October, 2015)
From North to South.
West Platforms: Routes 1, 2, 12, and 45.
East Platforms: Routes 5, 6, 9, 18, and 21LX.
27th St Street-Side Stop: Routes 33, 57, the MetroRapid North-South Line, and the USF Tampa Campus Bull Runner Route D*
*Must be an active USF student or faculty member with a valid USF ID Card to use the Bull Runner. Campus visitors can obtain a visitor pass from USF directly.
The West Tampa Transfer Center was constructed in 2007 and is located right across the street from Raymond James Stadium. The facility is the transfer point for 5 local routes and a future station for MetroRapid. Amenities include restrooms, vending machines, and phones, as well as sheltered waiting areas. It is to note that the West Tampa Transfer Center sits on the southwest corner of what used to be the Tampa Bay Center Mall. Prior to its demise and demolition, a transfer center consisting of three canopies sat just south of the old Burdines location, on the south end of the mall’s property.
The West Tampa Transfer Center serves the following routes: 7, 32, 36, 41, and 45.
As part of the upcoming system restructuring, the WTTC will permanently close. Street-side transfers will be available alongside Dale Mabry Hwy between Tampa Bay Blvd and MLK Blvd.
Current WTTC Bus Boarding Locations (As of May, 2015)
Clockwise, beginning from the South.
South Platforms: Routes 7 and 32.
West Platform: Routes 36 (Southbound).
Himes Ave Street-Side Stop: Route 36 (Northbound).
North Platforms: Routes 41 and 45.
The West Tampa Transfer Center is closed during events at Raymond James Stadium due to the center’s proximity to the stadium. During these times, buses will transfer out of a temporary site at MacDill Ave and St. Isabel St.
Located on the corner of Sheldon Road and Waters Ave, the Northwest Transfer Center replaced the makeshift bus depot at Hanley/Waters Plaza. Construction began in the spring of 2007 and was dedicated/opened to patrons July 29, 2008. The new facility is equipped with vending machines, restrooms for both patrons and employees, an adjacent park-n-ride lot for Route 61LX and local bus routes, and eight bus loading bays.
The Northwest Transfer Center serves the following routes: 16, 30, 34, 39, 61LX, HART Flex Town-N-Country, and the PSTA Oldsmar/Tampa/Countryside Flex Connector.
Current NWTC Bus Boarding Locations (As of October, 2015)
From West to East.
North Side: PSTA Oldsmar/Tampa/Countryside Flex Connector, HART Flex Town-N-Country, Route 16, Route 34.
South Side: (Unused), Route 39, Route 61LX, Route 30.
Located in east Tampa, on the site of the NetPark Office Center (formerly East Lake Square Mall), off 56th Street and Hillsborough Ave, the NetPark Transfer Center is a transfer point for 9 local routes and includes restrooms, phones, and vending machines. The facility is also slated to become a stop for MetroRapid.
NetPark serves the following routes: 6, 15, 21LX (street-side stop on 56th St), 32, 34, 37, 39, 41, and 57.
Current NetPark TC Bus Boarding Locations (As of October, 2015)
Clockwise, beginning from the South.
Main Complex: Routes 37, 39, 34, 15, 57, 32, and 6 (Route 6 has separate bays for each direction).
Street-Side Stops: Harney Rd – Route 41, 56th St – Route 21LX.
Situated within Sulphur Springs, the Yukon St Transfer Center was HART’s very first sheltered transfer center, opening to customers back in 1983. This facility was renovated in 2012 to bring everything up to modern standards, including the addition of restrooms.
The Yukon facility serves the following routes: 1, 9, 14, 16, and 39.
Current YTC Bus Boarding Locations (As of October, 2015)
From South to North.
West Platforms: Route 1 (Northbound), Route 39 (Eastbound), Route 9 (Northbound), Route 16.
East Platforms: Route 1 (Southbound), Route 39 (Westbound), Route 9 (Southbound), Route 14.
Britton Plaza in South Tampa serves routes 4, 19, 36, HART Flex South Tampa, and PSTA’s Route 100X. This is a singular sheltered platform located at the center of the plaza’s parking lot.
The MacDill Burger King (Kingfisher St) in South Tampa serves routes 4, 24X, 25LX, and 36. This is a singular sheltered platform located within a parking lot.
The SouthShore Regional Service Center in Ruskin serves routes 47LX and HART Flex SouthShore. This is transfer point within a parking lot. There is no designated platform or shelter.
University Mall in the USF area serves routes 12 and 45. This is a singular sheltered platform located between the former JC Penney building and the Studio Movie Grill building.
Westfield Brandon in Brandon serves routes 8, 31, 35LX, 37, and 46. This is a singular sheltered platform located near the mall’s Food Court entrance.
WestShore Plaza in the WestShore Business District serves routes 15, 45, and HART Flex South Tampa. This a singular sheltered platform with three bus loading bays. A street-side stop for Route 30 is located at the intersection of WestShore Blvd and Gray St, across from Sears.
HART Bus Routes and Flex Zones
The HART bus system comprises of over 40 bus routes, primarily serving the various neighborhoods of Tampa. Service is also offered to the areas of Temple Terrace, Town-N-Country, Carrollwood, Brandon, East Tampa, Ruskin (SouthShore), and the USF area. Express service is provided to the areas of Lutz and Plant City, among other areas. In addition, HART Flex covers five neighborhood zones within Hillsborough County, and MetroRapid provides fast service between downtown Tampa, the USF area, and Tampa Palms.
The In-Towner Trolley
Originally established in the late 1990s as the “Uptown-Downtown Connector”, the In-Towner provides easy and convenient trolleybus service between the Marion Transit Center and various Downtown Tampa hotels and venues. Trolleybuses run every 15 minutes Monday through Friday from 6:00am until 8:30am, and then again from 3:30pm until 6:00pm. Plans are in the works via local business partnerships to restore some midday and weekend services that were lost during the course of the last five years due to budget cuts and low ridership. Customers can use the In-Towner at no cost, it’s Fare Free as of October 1, 2015!
Local Route 30 provides 30 minute service to and from Tampa International Airport’s northern (Red Side) baggage claim area (northeast corner of the arrivals drive) 7 days a week.
Due to ongoing airport construction, the bus boarding location is subject to change.
Maps of the HART bus system (from HART)
HART Local System Map (effective 12/7/14, includes HART Flex Routes/Zones, MetroRapid, and the PSTA Oldsmar/Tampa/Countryside Route/Zone into Pinellas County).
HART Downtown Tampa service map (effective 7/19/15, includes the TECOline Streetcar Line and MetroRapid stops).
Express System Map is currently not available on the HART website. For the meantime, you can view individual route schedules.
Span of operating service
Service schedules vary throughout the HART system. While most routes operate 7 days a week, some suburban routes do not have weekend service. Please visit goHART.org to see which days of the week your particular route operates and to see route frequency. I hope to have a route matrix posted here in the distant future.
Late Evening Bus Service
HART operates 16 routes that run weekday service beyond 8:00pm. Many of these routes also provide weekend services that run until 9:00 or 10:00pm. Please view the list below to see which HART bus routes run the “night shift” in your area. Please consult your schedule brochure or goHART.org for EXACT departure times, as they are subject to change.
- Route 1 – Florida Ave: Runs through 12-midnight/1am on weeknights, 11pm on Saturdays, and 10pm on Sundays.
- Route 2 – Nebraska Ave: Runs through 12-midnight 7 days a week.
- Route 5 – 40th Street: Runs through 12-midnight on weeknights and 10pm on weekends.
- Route 6 – 56th Street: Runs through 12-midnight/1am 7 days a week.
- Route 8 – West Brandon/Progress Village: Runs through 10pm/11pm on weeknights and 8pm/9pm on weekends.
- Route 12 – 22nd Street: Runs through 12-midnight/1am on weeknights and 9pm/10pm on weekends.
- Route 18 – 30th Street: Runs through 10pm on weeknights and 8pm/9pm on weekends.
- Route 19 – Port Tampa: Runs through 12-midnight on weeknights and 9pm/10pm on weekends.
- Route 30 – Town-N-Country/Airport: Runs through 12-midnight 7 days a week.
- Route 32 – MLK/Mango: Runs through 11pm on weeknights and 9pm on weekends.
- Route 33 – Fletcher Ave: Runs through 10pm on weeknights, 9pm on Saturdays, and 7pm on Sundays.
- Route 34 – Hillsborough Ave: Runs through 12-midnight on weeknights, 9pm/10pm on Saturdays, and 8pm/9pm on Sundays.
- Route 36 – Dale Mabry/Himes Ave: Runs through 9pm/10pm on weeknights and 7pm/8pm on weekends.
- Route 39 – Busch Blvd: Runs through 10pm on weeknights, 9pm/10pm on Saturdays, and 7pm/8pm on Sundays.
- Route 45 – UATC/WestShore: Runs through 9pm on weeknights and 7pm/8pm on weekends.
- Route 57 – Temple Terrace/NetPark: Runs through 10pm Monday through Saturday (No Sunday Service).
Holiday Service Schedule
I usually try to blog about upcoming holiday service schedules approximately 2 weeks prior to the upcoming holiday. Please keep in mind that routes that normally do not operate on weekends will not operate on holidays either, regardless of the day of the week that the holiday falls upon.
The Holiday Schedule for FY 2017/2018 will be posted here once it becomes available.
Below is the current fare structure for the HART system, effective October 1, 2015.
- One-Way Cash Fares
- HART Local, Limited Express, and MetroRapid: $2.00.
- Discount*: $1.00.
- Commuter Express: $3.00.
- Discount*: $1.50.
- HART Local, Limited Express, and MetroRapid: $2.00.
- HARTride Passes
- 1-Day Unlimited Ride Local: $4.00.
- Discount*: $2.00.
- 10-pack Local: $37.00.
- Discount*: $18.50.
- 1-Day Unlimited Commuter Express: $6.00.
- Discount*: $3.00.
- 10-pack Commuter Express: $53.00.
- Discount*: $26.50.
- Adult Student 31-Day Unlimited Ride Local: $48.75 (from participating educational institutions).
- HART provides a Semester Pass for Hillsborough Community College students for $110.00.
- 31-Day Unlimited Ride Local: $65.00.
- Discount*: $32.50.
- 31-Day Unlimited Commuter Express: $95.00.
- Discount*: $47.50.
- These passes can be used on Megabus.com trips between the Marion Transit Center and the Burnett Park-N-Ride Lot.
- 3-Day Unlimited Ride Visitor Pass: $11.75.
- Bulk Purchase Discount (200 passes or more): $9.50.
- 1-Day Unlimited Ride Local: $4.00.
- Multi-County Passes
- Intercounty PSTA/HART Monthly Passport: $85.00 – For use on all PSTA and HART Bus, Trolley, and Streetcar Routes.
- HART Flex Fares
- One-Way Cash Fare: $1.00.
- One-Day Pass: $2.00.
- In-Towner Trolley
- FARE FREE as of 10/1/15.
- $3.00 per ride (this is a separate fare from the rest of the HART system).
- Regional Fares
- 1-Way Cash Fare: $3.00, with a reduced fare of $1.50*.
- 1-Day Category: $6.00.
- 3-Day Category: $18.00.
- 7-Day Category: $30.00.
- 31-Day Category: $85.00.
(*)indicates that a HART Discount Permit is required.
Please note that the implementation of the Regional Fare System is dependent on participating agencies receiving required state funding. Participating agencies will announce when these new fares will be implemented.
Universal Pass Agreements (U-Pass)
Since 2005, HART has partnered with the Tampa Campus of the University of South Florida to provide students with access to public transit in Hillsborough County. Under this partnership, active USF Tampa students can use select HART bus services at no additional cost to them, as long as they show the operator a valid USF ID Card. USF Faculty members can use the HART system with their ID at a reduced cost. The Universal Pass Agreement includes all HART local and limited express bus routes, as well as MetroRapid and HART Flex.
Don’t forget that if you’re a USF Tampa student, you can also take advantage of USF’s Bull Runner campus bus service! As a graduate of USF, I can tell you that the Bull Runner is a very convenient and cost-saving way to get around the USF Tampa Campus and to points of interest nearby!
For those attending classes across the bay, PSTA now has its own U-Pass Agreement with the USF St. Pete Campus. USFSP students and faculty can use all PSTA routes at no additional cost!
Take your bike with you!
All HART buses and HARTflex vans are equipped with bike racks, and folding bicycles are permitted onboard all buses and vans. No permit is required, but if you’re a first-time user, you can set up a brief training demonstration by contacting HART at (813)-254-4278. Get the latest information at goHART.org.
The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (or TBARTA) provides alternative transportation solutions to help ease congestion along Bay Area roadways. These services include carpooling/vanpooling services, a bike buddy service, and the Emergency Ride Home program. Visit the TBARTA Commuter Services Website, or call 1-800-998-RIDE for further information. USF Tampa students can also take part in these wonderful services, including Emergency Ride Home!
Please keep in mind that information on this page is subject to change, especially things like schedules and fares. I do try my best to keep things as accurate as possible, but sometimes things change without notice. To obtain the latest information, please visit goHART.org, or call (813)-254-4278.
More to come soon!