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The CEO of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority has been chosen as the new chief executive officer of the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

Public bus riders in Hillsborough County are in for some major changes this week. The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority calls it "Mission Max."

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The Hillsborough Regional Transit Authority, or HART, is set to embark on a major realignment of its countywide bus routes.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

In 2011, the University of South Florida campus newspaper, the Oracle, printed an article titled "Cesar Hernandez Needs to Cut It Out."

HART (Hillsborough Area Regional Transit) and  transit company Transdev are launching a first-of-its-kind ridesharing service in Tampa.

The service, known as HART HyperLINK, offers rides from your house to the bus stop for $3. It will cover a three-mile radius surrounding four HART-designated transit stops in the Tampa area, with plans to expand to Brandon in December.

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority Facebook livestream.

During it's "State of Transit" meeting, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority announced plans for a regional transit study starting Oct. 1.

Bus riders in Hillsborough County have a new, smart phone feature that can help them find the most efficient route.

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When Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) officials look into the future, they see riders tapping preloaded smart cards as they get on the bus.

HART Launches Financial Transparency Center

Dec 2, 2014
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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority is launching an online accountability center letting tax payers in on how HART does business. 

People can see:

$1 Bus Rides to Miami Take Off Today

May 15, 2014
Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

Get to Miami or Orlando for just a buck? It's possible. Megabus, a new city-to-city bus service took off Thursday morning.

Megabus, a subsidiary of Coach USA,  has partnered up with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) to bring its intercity bus service to Tampa. People can reserve their seats online for a promotional fare starting at a dollar and ride the double-decker bus to other metro cities.

82-year-old  Mary Ellen Ahrens is a Winter Haven resident who boarded the first departure Megabus to Miami.

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Merging Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties’ public transit systems does not make financial sense.

That's the initial report from a consulting firm hired by the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. The findings were discussed Monday in a meeting that included board members from both groups, according to this article in the Tampa Tribune.

Here’s the financial breakdown:

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October was a record-setting month for public transit in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, according to figures released Friday. Continuing a trend a increased annual ridership, both Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority gave the highest number of monthly rides in their respective 33- and 28-year histories:

  • HART: 1,344,854 rides (up 11 percent from October 2011)
  • PSTA: 1,287,301 rides (up 14 percent from October 2011)

More people are taking public transportation in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) saw a 2.8 percent increase in bus ridership last month as compared to the same time last year. 

Though bus ridership was about average during the Republican National Convention, streetcar ridership did go  up.

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority also saw in increase in ridership, a 10 percent jump from August 2011. 

'Florida Matters: The Convention' Pre-Game Show

Sep 6, 2012
Dalia Colon / WUSF

Thanks to all who called in during episode 1 of Florida Matters: The Convention, which aired live from the Tampa Convention Center on Aug. 24, 2012. We admit, we got kinda giddy when the phone lines started to line up.

Guests on our Republican National Convention preview show included:

Bus Ridership Up Across Tampa Bay

Aug 8, 2012

HART Bus ridership went up almost 6 percent last month compared to July last year and they had almost 61 thousand more bus trips this July than July 2011.

Its counterpart in Pinellas, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) , set a record. They had a 14 percent increase in ridership this past July and the highest ridership than the same month in any other year since the agency's existence.

HART spokeswoman Marcia Mejia said this increase in ridership has been going on for awhile.

Steve Newborn / WUSF

Groundbreaking was held today for the newest improvement in Tampa's mass transportation. It's called Bus Rapid Transit, and it should mean a significant improvement in getting across town.

The Republican National Convention is putting the brakes on most downtown Tampa public transportation. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, or HART, announced today, the majority of downtown routes will be detoured or closed from August 27th through the 31st.

Aside from a shuttle to Tampa General Hospital, all other downtown Tampa bus routes will temporarily change during the RNC. The detours will keep most of the bus traffic north of Kennedy Boulevard.

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The school where Angela DeMarco works is about 5 miles from her house.

To get to there, DeMarco walks 15 minutes from her St. Petersburg home to a bus stop at Tyrone Square Mall. Then it's a 15-minute bus ride to the school in Pinellas Park -- not counting the time DeMarco waits for the bus to actually show up.

"Sometimes it's an hour wait. Sometimes it's 15 minutes," said DeMarco, a special education teacher. "It all depends on traffic."

Hillsborough County's public bus system HART is proposing changes to its services and prices.

HART is holding eight meetings and a public hearing to inform the community of its changes; like modifying some routes, increasing prices, and changing their service schedules on holidays.

HART spokeswoman Marcia Mejia says the meetings aren't just for providing information to the public but also to get the public's feedback.