Hillborough County bus routes could change in October

Leaders consider overhauling bus routes
Posted at 7:19 PM, Jun 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-06 19:22:18-04

Bus riders around Hillsborough county could see their routes get shorter or disappear this October as leaders at HART consider changing routes.

The 2018 transformation plan would streamline more popular routes while eliminating some of the least used stops in an effort to both keep and attract more riders.

"It's the year that Tampa is redefining what it means to be a Transit agency that sets us up really well for a successful future," said Katharine Eagan, CEO for the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority.

The plan includes bringing down the 41 current routes to 34, helping the current $13 million deficit to around $6 million.

The changes would also add shifts to the most popular bus routes like Route 34 along Hillsborough Ave, going from running every 30 minutes to 15.

"That would help me a lot," said Hector Mechado, who rises the bus  every day, "'cause I'm trying to get home as soon as possible."

Board members for HART agreed to hold public forums during mid June and July as well as a public hearing before they vote on a final plan in August. 

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