Summer NNTA Transportation Meeting at USF

Mark your calendar for the Wednesday, July 14 summer meeting of the New North Transportation Alliance Advisory Board.  We invite guests to attend the Summer Meeting and meet our Advisory Board. 

The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at USF.  Enjoy coffee, juice and pastry and network with members before the meeting begins.  PLEASE RSVP to Julie Bond, NNTA Director at bond@cutr.usf.edu if you would like to attend.

During the meeting:

  • Learn the latest from HART.  HART is in the last phase of the Alternative Analysis study which is looking at transit improvements in the corridors extending from USF to Downtown on to Westshore.   The study recommendations on the preferred alignment and technology are scheduled to be presented to the HART Board in August 2010.
  • Hear an informative presentation about the St. Petersburg Downtown Looper Trolley from Eric Carlson, Transportation Director, St Petersburg Downtown Partnership Inc.
  • Find out about the “new” Grassroots Pedestrian Outreach Campaign for Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties and how you can participate!
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HART to Hold “Program of Projects” Public Hearing June 24th

 Hearing to Gather Feedback on HART’s Proposed Application for Federal Funding
 

Tampa, FL – HART is holding a public hearing on Thursday, June 24 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the HART Administrative Office located at 1201 E. 7th Avenue in Ybor.  The purpose of the hearing is to provide the opportunity to individuals and/or groups to present their views and comments regarding HART’s proposed application for federal transit Urbanized Area Formula funds.

HART will be receiving $11,292,288 in federal funds for fiscal year 2010.  The funds will be used to fund capital and operating projects, including: capital leases, preventative maintenance, acquisition of vehicles, equipment, information system upgrades, facility improvements, transit enhancement projects, passenger amenities, ADA operations, planning activities, security projects, and project administration. 

HART’s ad valorem funds, which HART receives mostly from property taxes, will be used to match the planning projects, which require a 20 percent local match.

For a breakdown on how HART proposes to use the federal funds go to www.goHART.org for more information about HART and HART’s initiatives.

Meeting accommodations: The public hearing is wheelchair accessible.  Please contact HART if you require the information in an accessible format or other special accommodations.  If you cannot attend the hearing, HART welcomes all comments on or before Thursday, July 9.  Send the comments to the HART Administrative Office listed above or call the Planning Department at (813) 223-6831.

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Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Transit Assessment Public Meeting

Bruce B Downs Blvd Transit Assessment – Public Meeting: April 1
Date: 6:30-8:30 pm, Thursday, April 1, 2010
Tampa Palms Elementary School, 6100 Tampa Palms Blvd
More Info: View draft report, an assessment of right-of-way available for rail or bus rapid transit in concert with reconstruction of Bruce B Downs Blvd to 6 lanes or 8 lanes wide between Bearss Ave and Palm Springs Blvd, conducted in partnership between Hillsborough County MPO and Hillsborough County Department of Public Works.

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HART Transit Oriented Development Meeting

Date and Time: March 16 – 10:00 AM
Location: HART Ybor office, 1201 E. 7th Avenue, Tampa, Fl 33605
As part of the HART Alternative Analysis currently underway, work is being performed on the land use implications of the alignments under consideration.  GB Arrington, Vice President/Principal Practice Leader with PlaceMaking, Parsons Brinckerhoff, will be making a presentation on the land use and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) work effort for selection of a Locally Preferred Alternative:

  • General issues related to the differing alignments (freeway, local street, rail ROW) and how they influence TOD performance
  • Preliminary analysis findings of prototypical station areas

 If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Mary Lou Maynes, HART: maynesm@gohart.org or 813-449-4720

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HART RouteShout

Getting there on HART is easier with RouteShout Where’s my bus? Hillsborough Area Regional Transit now has a simple way to answer that question for Hillsborough County transit riders. We simply RouteShout the answer. RouteShout is HART’s new way to give riders schedule information, bus stop locations and service updates, all via cell phone, Android or Iphone. Passengers can simply text the four digit stop ID printed on the bus stop sign of their route. Within seconds, they will receive information about the next bus scheduled to come their way. If riders have a GPS enabled phone, RouteShout will not only display arrival times, but nearby bus stops as well. For cell phone users, with mobile browsers, simply log on to m.routeshout.com, search GoHART and voila. For Iphone and Android users, simply go to Itunes or the “Android market,” search Routeshout, load the application, then search GoHART. From there, users can access bus schedule information. RouteShout is a free service offered to Hillsborough County transit riders. It is just the latest technology HART is using to better serve our community.

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New Bull Runner Tracking System is Unveiled

The University of South Florida Department of Parking & Transportation Services is unveiling a new program Mar. 2 that will provide riders of the USF Bull Runner, the USF Tampa campus bus system, with enhanced convenience and security. The program is an Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system which is available on the web and can be downloaded on mobile hand-held devices.  The AVL offers several services including the ability to see arrival predictions for all buses at all stops, the ability to track buses along the routes so riders can plan their day accordingly, the ability to set up alerts for recurring use via text message and bus viewing in real-time. In April, USF will also implement automatic passenger counting on buses so riders will be able to know how full a bus is before it arrives.

The new system can be viewed at http://usfbullrunner.com.  To see the application working, click on the “Live Map” and choose a route. As always, a valid USF ID is required to ride the USF Bull Runner. USF is the only university in the State University System that owns its own buses and offers the AVL program.

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