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HART to run full service on Thursday

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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) says they will be up and running at full service on Thursday, three days after Hurricane Irma blasted through the Tampa Bay area.

HART was operating a Saturday service level schedule on Wednesday. The agency now says that all routes will be operable on Thursday.  Wi-Fi won’t be unavailable on buses. Also, automated ADA announcements are not working as well. HART Bus Operators are verbally making announcements and taking stop requests. The TECO Line Streetcar System remains suspended until further notice.

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Agency (PSTA) began service at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Buses stopped running at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night, with PSTA CEO Brad Miller tweeting that, “”It’s really just 2B safe for employees & great customers as works to get traffic lights working again – safer in daylight.”

The lack of power throughout Pinellas County has resulted in more than a hundred traffic signal intersections not working.

On Wednesday, PSTA said that the 62, 67 and the 97 routes are not running. Connector routes are also not running yet.

Service is limited based on the amount of operators available. PSTA officials say that they get those remaining routes back on the streets as soon as possible.

 

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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