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After public outcry, HART management again revises bus route changes

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Riders have had their say; now the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit authority is making more changes in the county’s redesigned bus service.

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Hillsborough transit agency poised to launch redesigned bus network later this year

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Last year, transit ridership decreased in almost every major city in the country, including Tampa and St. Petersburg. But two cities bucked the trend — Seattle and Houston, which posted 4.1 and 2.3 percent increases, respectively. What makes the transit agencies of those two communities stand out is that they were also in the midst of redesigning their bus networks. That’s something that the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) is now in the middle of doing in time for the beginning of the…

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HART board members want ‘catalyst’ transit project expedited

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Although a potential new transit route connecting people in the Tampa Bay area is still a long way from being a reality, two Hillsborough County Commissioners say that once such a route is identified, it should be built as soon as possible. That topic came up on Monday at the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) Legislative and Strategic Planning Committee Meeting. As the search for solutions to improve transportation in the Tampa Bay area slowly moves forward, transit fans received some news…

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Mike Suarez: Tesla must clean waterlogged HyperLINK vehicles after it rains

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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) proudly unveiled its sleek new Tesla Model X SUV’s at a news conference last week at the University of South Florida. While the futuristic-styled vehicles were a hit with many, the design led one Tampa City Council member to wonder: “What happens when it rains?” The cars, equipped with articulating rear doors, have become a central part of HART’s HyperLINK first-mile, last-mile service now available in the University area. One of its vehicles’ more original…

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Hillsborough transit system staring at $8-million-plus deficit

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Board members with the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) received some rough news Monday when they were informed that the agency is staring at a budget deficit of more than $8.5 million going into the 2018 fiscal year. There are a number of factors behind that number including a continuing decline in ridership, a national phenomenon that has been reduced by more than 11 percent at HART since 2014, amounting to more than $2.5 million in lost revenue since…

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HART, trucking company face off over public records for evidence in 2015 crash

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A 2015 accident between a tractor-trailer and a Hillsborough County bus has set off a legal dispute over the right to access public records. As part of the disagreement, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority Agency is claiming footage shot inside the bus during the crash, necessary to help exonerate the owner of the tractor-trailer, is confidential and cannot be released. ArcBest is an Arkansas-based publicly traded transportation logistics company, with revenues of $2.7-billion in fiscal year 2016. On Sept. 2,…

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Can Les Miller and his BOCC colleagues find a way to begin to adequately fund HART?

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In 2017, talk has been more than ever about the lack of transportation options in Hillsborough County and the greater Tampa Bay region. The Board of Hillsborough County Commissioners is finally investing in improving roads and bridges to the tune of more than $800 million, with just one percent of those funds allocated toward public transit. In an interview earlier this week with HART CEO Katharine Eagan and the board’s relatively new chairman, Les Miller, the two expressed their hopes and dreams for…

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