Pasco considered for new cross-county bus routes

Pasco County commuters may soon have easier access into neighboring counties, as two new bus routes are being explored along the Interstate 75 and Interstate 275 corridors. Bus stops along State Road 56 and State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel would allow riders to catch buses traveling to Tampa and Saint Petersburg. The bus rapid transit project would help travelers move around, while reducing … [Read more...]

Pasco announces bus Route 41 service changes

Pasco County Public Transportation has changed services on Route 41 in Land O’ Lakes. The changes, which took effect on Jan. 6, are based on ridership, according to a news release. Here are the changes, in a nutshell: An hourly service is being added to the Central Boulevard/Pasco Utilities complex. Service is ending along Collier Parkway and along the State Road 54 corridor to … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes route to lose bus stop, weekend service

Bus Route 41, in Land O’ Lakes, no longer will be making a stop on Collier Parkway — and also will discontinue operating on Saturdays. Those changes were approved by the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board on Sept. 12. The changes were prompted by a recommendation from Pasco County Public Transportation based on its research and public feedback. “We received … [Read more...]

Broadening the battle against human trafficking

Pasco County Public Transportation employees are learning how to identify human trafficking victims in an effort to expand the battle on human trafficking. Pasco County Public Transportation is partnering with the Pasco County Commission on Human Trafficking and the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking to train all bus drivers on how to properly identify and report potential cases of human … [Read more...]

HART rolling out regional bus service

The debate over building and operating a tri-county bus rapid transit system on Interstate 275 won’t be settled for months. But, on July 1, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, known as HART, will launch a new limited express bus service down I-275 from Wesley Chapel to Tampa. Connections also can be made to existing routes operated by Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority with … [Read more...]

New housing project unveiled in Dade City

Local residents and community leaders gathered for a May 12 grand opening ceremony at Hilltop Landings apartments in Dade City, following 18 months of construction. The $15 million project serves as a replacement for Dade Oaks, a 38-year-old apartment complex that was built at the bottom of a drainage basin, forcing residents to regularly deal with flooding. Those residents get first dibs on … [Read more...]

Cold snap expected tonight, shelters open

With a cold front moving through the area bringing frigid temperatures with it, Pasco County has opened shelters in Port Richey and Hudson for those who might not be able to stay out of the cold otherwise. The shelters are located at Impact Family Church, at 8020 Washington St., in Port Richey, as well as Holy Ground Shelter, 8835 Denton Ave., in Hudson. Both shelters open at 6 p.m. … [Read more...]

Pasco starts replacing bus benches

Pasco County Public Transportation has started the process of notifying bus riders that bus benches at stops throughout unincorporated Pasco County are being removed and replaced. Metropolitan Systems Inc. will do the work, removing all the old benches by Nov. 30, according to a release. In their place, new benches will be installed that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. … [Read more...]

Pasco government offices closed Nov. 11

Many Pasco County government offices will be closed Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. All government offices will reopen Nov. 12. The Pasco County Parks and Recreation Centers will be closed that day, but parks and beaches will remain open to the public from dawn until dusk. Pasco County Animal Services' administrative office, adoption center, shelter and field services will be … [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...]