Bus rapid transit could be ride of the future

A proposed bus rapid transit system is under scrutiny as a “catalyst” project to jump-start a long-range regional transit vision for residents in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties. It is getting mixed reviews from community leaders and elected officials in the Tampa Bay region. In the next weeks and months, representatives of Jacobs Engineering will gather public comments on the … [Read more...]

Hillsborough faces huge traffic challenges

  Go Hillsborough is an initiative aimed at engaging the public to find solutions for deteriorating infrastructure and traffic-clogged roads. The effort is a collaboration involving the Hillsborough County Commission, the mayors of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City, and the chairman of the board for the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit system. Organizers have been making the … [Read more...]

Election Day is here! And so is everything you need to know

Today is Election Day where Florida will elect a governor, an attorney general, a chief financial officer and an agriculture commissioner among others. Locally, however, voters will have to decide on representatives in Tallahassee, as well as who will represent their interests on the county commission. In last week's print edition of The Laker/Lutz News, we offered an election primer, which you … [Read more...]

Pasco, Hillsborough offering free rides to polls

Want to vote, but not sure how to get there? Well, whether you live in Pasco County or Hillsborough, a chance to cast a ballot is just a free bus ride away. Pasco County Public Transportation will offer free rides to any voters who present their voter identification card to a driver on Nov. 4. PCPT director Mike Carroll presented the idea to Pasco County commissioners in June before the … [Read more...]

Express route to downtown Tampa in jeopardy, HART says

The number of people who depend on HART’s Route 51X connecting Pasco County to downtown Tampa is dwindling. And so is the organization’s money. So it’s probably no surprise to some of the remaining riders that officials with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit want to make some significant changes to the route, possibly removing the express route altogether. But at the very least, adding some … [Read more...]

In Print: A look at the future, present and past

Fans of the "Back to the Future" trilogy know that by next year, we've been promised flying cars, self-drying clothes, instant pizza, and a 1980s-themed cafe. OK, chances are, 2015 will bring none of that. But a retired Land O' Lakes man is going one step better — a do-it-yourself all-electric car. After six months of restoration, and then 18 months converting the original engine into an … [Read more...]

9 HART drivers inducted into One Million Mile Club

The Tampa Area Safety Council has honored nine Hillsborough Area Regional Transit drivers with the One Million Mile Club Award during its recent luncheon. The drivers — Desmond Coulson, Demetra Jackson, Charles Evans, Rigoberto Oquendo, Luis Garcia, Thomas Palmore, David Gonzalez, Al Hughes and Antonio White — have careers with the bus system that date back to the late 1990s and early 2000s, … [Read more...]

HART makes progress in Bus Stop Improvement Program

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit has 3,200 bus stops and 681 shelters around Hillsborough County, and over the last two years, the organization has been inspecting each one, looking for ways to spruce them up and make them more accessible to riders. HART's Bus Stop Improvement Program does a number of things, but primarily wants to ensure that stops are compliant with the Americans with … [Read more...]

HART offers students free rides during March

Students will have a chance to travel anywhere they like in Hillsborough County for free on HART buses throughout the month. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit says it will offer free service to middle and high school students with valid student identification during March as part of its Stay-cation program. Most students are scheduled to have spring break beginning March 10. The service is … [Read more...]