LOCAL TRANSIT UPDATES
In response to COVID-19 developments, local transit providers are reducing and adjusting their transit schedules. In the interest of public service, TBARTA is posting the latest changes below, please click the link of your transit provider for more information.
HART announced additional reduction in bus service levels beginning April 22, 2020.
The additional bus service alterations follow a reduction in HART bus, van, and streetcar levels enacted on April 1, 2020 and is an effort to maintain service reliability during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is recommended riders travel for essential or emergency purposes only.
HART Operating Service for Essential Trips:
HART is currently operating all modes of transit on a Sunday service schedule with regular fares. Beginning April 22, 2020, HART further adjusted the following routes in order to provide additional buses on higher-ridership routes to maintain safe rider capacity, while staggered seating/social distancing is in place.
Express Bus Services that WILL NOT OPERATE:
- Routes 20X, 24LX, 25LX
- Routes 60LX
- Route 75LX (not operating as of April 1, 2020)
Express Bus Services that WILL OPERATE:
- Route 360LX
- Route 275LX: Service operating ONLY between the Wiregrass Park-and-Ride and the University Area Transit Center
HART Customer Service Centers will remain open. It is recommended riders travel for essential purposes only. HART is NOT an emergency transportation provider.
Streetcar Reduced Hours
The TECO Line Streetcar System service will continue to operate the regular Weekday and Weekend schedule, however, service will continue to temporarily end at 9:00 PM nightly.
HARTPlus Operating Regular Service for Essential Trips:
All HARTPlus subscriptions are continuing to be placed on hold until further notice. HARTPlus Customers must book their trips on demand.
More information at www.GoHart.org
All PSTA weekday services (Monday-Friday) are running on a Saturday schedule.
All PSTA weekend services ares running on a Sunday schedule.
PSTA requests that riders only use transit for essential or emergency purposes.
PSTA is temporarily fare-free and asking bus passengers to use the rear door to enter and exit.
PSTA will temporarily suspend the downtown St. Petersburg Looper as well as the South Clearwater Beach Jolley Trolley route due to a lack of ridership brought on by business and hotel closures.
The Jolley Trolley North Clearwater Beach Route and North Coastal Route to Tarpon Springs will continue operating on a Saturday schedule that ends at 10 p.m.
- No service on 52LX only (52 still available) 58, 66L, 100X, 300X
- No weekend service on Routes 22, 32, 62, 67, 73, 76, 812, 813, 814
- East Lake Shuttle will continue
- Direct Connect and all PSTA paratransit programs will continue to operate
- TD Late Shift will continue (begins at 9 p.m.) at the co-pay of $9 for the month of April
- All services will end by 10 p.m. including paratransit.
Additional buses will be available for higher ridership routes to limit passenger loads.
More information at www.psta.net/
In order to increase frequency on key routes and reduce the volume of riders on each bus, Pasco County Public Transit has temporarily eliminated service on Routes 18, 25, 31, and 41.
PCPT has temporarily suspended fares, and is asking riders to use the back door when possible to assist with social distancing.
- PCPT is limiting the number of riders allowed on each bus at a given time.
- Drivers will have discretion to allow 10 to 15 riders, depending upon the size of the bus.
- PCPT will increase the number of buses on the busiest routes by reassigning them from under-used routes
More information at www.pascocountyfl.net/243/Public-TransportationPCPT
Phone: (727) 834-3322 West Pasco, (352) 521-4587 East Pasco, (813) 235-6073 Central Pasco
Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) is temporarily offering fare-free fixed route transit and Handy Bus service. This includes MCAT Route 99 buses that travel into Sarasota County.
Passengers are asked to board and de-board using the rear door of the Transit/Trolley system.
Rear door boarding and de-boarding creates more "social distancing" by eliminating the need for passengers to board at the front door to access the fare box, which is adjacent to the transit operator. Free fare further protects the health and safety of both transit operators and passengers.
The MCAT safety precautions already underway include comprehensive fleet and facility sanitizing procedures, daily sanitizing bus wipe-downs, transit bus wipe-downs during layovers at Transit Stations.
Hand sanitizers are available onboard the entire fleet.
More information at www.mymanatee.org/departments/mcat
Hernando County Transit Services (TheBus) reduces service hours beginning April 6.
New operating hours are approximately 7am-4pm Monday-Friday, with Saturday service temporarily suspended.
Schedule updates are posted at HernandoBus.com.
Hernando County Transit Department (TheBus) is taking the following measures to help prevent the spread of disease:
- Enhanced sanitizing procedures across the system (Buses are cleaned and sanitized daily)
- Increased intensity of sanitizing procedures on high-touch surfaces
- All floor areas are mopped daily
- Sharing information about how to stay healthy
More information at www.hernandocounty.us/departments/departments-n-z/transit-thebus
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR RIDE SHARE PARTICIPANTS
Commute Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) are keeping close watch on developments related to COVID-19, commonly known as the Coronavirus. Based on information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), here are some common questions and answers that will be of interest for participants in carpools, vanpools, and other ride sharing services:
Q: How does the virus spread?
A: Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Q: Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
A: People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). However, some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Q: How easily does the virus spread?
A: How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained.
Commute Tampa Bay advises that commuters be diligent in practicing safe hygiene: washing hands, avoid touching surfaces that may be contaminated, and refrain from touching their own mouth, nose, and eyes. In addition, if you are sick, please be considerate of ride share partners and refrain from using ride share when you are ill.
More complete information can be found at the Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus website, here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/