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HART plans to extend streetcar, increase bus service and make safety upgrades with tax money

Posted at 4:38 AM, Nov 21, 2019

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) will present and submit its All for Transportation Surtax Program of Projects on Thursday afternoon.

It includes plans to extend the streetcar past the current route, evaluate the condition of CSX tracks for potential future use, and add better lighting at bus stops.

HART will also increase the frequency of bus services in several areas like Westshore, USF, Columbus, MLK, 22nd Street, 30th Street, and South County.

The group wants to make several bus shelter improvements because many of the stops need to be fixed, replaced, or brought up to FDOT standards.

The proposed budged is $253,092,000.

Multiple organizations like HART are planning as if they’re getting money from the All for Transportation Tax but they won’t know that for certain until next year.

That’s the penny sales tax voters passed last year that’s now a legal battle.

The case goes to court in February.