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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HART Alternatives Analysis Open House

Community Open House Schedule
  • Tuesday, February 16 – Westshore Area at Loretta Ingraham Recreation Complex, 1611 N Hubert Ave from 11am to 2pm
  • Wednesday, February 17 – USF Area at University Mall, 2200 East Fowler Avenue (watch for directional signs) from 3pm to 7pm
  • Friday, February 19 – Downtown Tampa at Tampa Downtown Market at Gas Lykes Park from 10am to 2pm; and One Tampa City Center from 11am to 2pm

Visit www.goHARTaa.org for more information on the Alternatives Analysis process.

 ALTERNATIVES ANALYSIS PROCESS UPDATE                                   

HART will share Screen 2 related results and ask for feedback at the Alternatives Analysis Community Open Houses. 

Screen 2 is the second phase of the AA process, using modeling to estimate the ridership on each of the lines under review: 

·       Ridership modeling

·       Neighborhood density

·       Environmental impact

·       Constructability

·       Technology

·       Cost

·       Travel time

·       Activity centers

·       Traffic impact

·       Developable land

·       Public input

The final phase of the AA process is the selection of a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA).  It will be selected based on the criteria from the first two screenings. 

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New Tampa Area Traffic Safety Study Presentation

The City of Tampa’s consultant, Vanus, Inc., will present the findings/recommendations of the “New Tampa Area Traffic Safety Study”   in the West Meadows, northern part of the study area.

Date:  Thursday, January 21st

Time:  6:00 -8:00 pm at the Clark Elementary School lunchroom.

Clark Elementary School

19002 Wood Sage Drive

Tampa, Florida  33647

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