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.
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.
February 15, 2010 – Increased traffic congestion along overcrowded Bruce B. Downs Boulevard could be mitigated in future years as a result of a unanimous decision today by HART’s board of directors to analyze the feasibility of extending a rapid transit line from Skipper Road to Cross Creek in New Tampa.
The intent is to better serve Hillsborough residents who commute south along one of Hillsborough County’s most congested roads to work at the University of South Florida, in Downtown Tampa and in the West Shore business district.
A motion made by board member David Mechanik and seconded by board member Fran Davin authorizes HART (Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority) to broaden the scope of a study of the Northeast rail corridor to better serve anticipated growth in North Hillsborough near the Interstate 75 interchange.
The move comes as part of the process HART is conducting to properly assess and address mass transit needs in Hillsborough County well into the future.
|HART is currently holding meetings around the county to provide information and seek public input on future transit options.Upcoming community meetings include:
Upcoming meetings on HART’s Alternative Analysis include:
The board also unanimously agreed to continue to set aside excess reserves into a special capital budget for rapid transit and supporting initiatives, such as preliminary engineering and maintenance funds.
The decisions help move HART forward in its mission to enhance mass transit services in Hillsborough County, and explore options to sync up with a proposed high-speed rail line connecting Tampa to Orlando.
- 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
· 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.
Hillsborough County’s Transportation Task Force is holding a series of Community Outreach meetings to gather input on mobility improvements including rail, bus expansion, road and intersection improvements, along with other projects.
New North Area Meeting
Date and Time: Thursday, February 18, 2010 5:30pm
Location: Freedom High School 17410 Commerce Park Blvd, Tampa
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