LOCAL TRANSIT UPDATES
In response to COVID-19 developments, local transit providers have adjusted their transit schedules and procedures for riders. 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 has restored regular service schedules for all local routes and the TECO Line Streetcar System.
HART continues to disinfect daily and continues to require face coverings onboard and stagger seating onboard. As of November 15, restoration brought HART up to 95% of pre-COVID service levels.
Summary of Service Restoration:
- All local routes will operate on their regular service schedule beginning November 15, 2020
- Route 275LX will continue to operate between the Wiregrass Park-and-Ride and the University Area Transit Center only
- Route 360LX is operating on a regular schedule
- There is no service for all other Express and Limited Express routes and HARTFlex routes.
- The TECO Line Streetcar System is returning to regular hours.
More information at www.GoHart.org
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.
ROUTE CHANGES & ADJUSTMENTS EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 9, 2020:
- Starting Monday, November 9, 2020, route 58 returned to service. All service ends at 10 p.m.
- The following routes returned to pre-coronavirus service seven days a week in September: 9, 14, 74 and 78.
- Routes 4, 18, 19, 34, 52/52LX, 59, 60, Suncoast Beach Trolley & Looper returned to regular frequencies in June and will remain the same.
- All routes not mentioned will operate on a Saturday schedule every day except Sundays - when they will run on a regular Sunday/Holiday schedule.
- Route 300X returned to service in October.
More information is available at www.psta.net/
Following more than five months of fare-free ridership to support customers facing hardship during the coronavirus pandemic, Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT) resumed regular fare collection on October 1, 2020.
Riders will be required to board through the front door and exit through the rear doors to minimize crowding at the fare box. PCPT strongly encourages you to wear a face mask and follow social distancing guidelines to be mindful of the health and wellness of our customers and team members.
Learn more about PCPT fixed route fares and bus passes by visiting bit.ly/faresandpasses and paratransit fares at bit.ly/paratransitfares.
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
MCAT COVID-19 Service Updates - Effective December 5, 2020:
Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) resumed fare collection for fixed route transit and Handy Bus services, including the MCAT Route 99 buses that travel into Sarasota County.
Route 1 (Ellenton Outlet Mall):
- The first southbound trip will no longer start at the Outlet Mall but will start at 5:28 am on street at 60th Avenue E/33rd St E in Ellenton. This same trip will arrive at Palmetto Station at 5:57 am (was 6:02am).
- The last two trips southbound on Route 1 will continue to end at Walmart in Palmetto. Service will now end at Walmart at 6:34 pm and 7:34 pm.
Route 4 (9th Avenue East and West):
- The first eastbound Route 4 trip will end at Walmart at 6:27 am (was 6:30am).
- The second eastbound trip leaving Blake Hospital at 6:32 am will travel to Walmart quicker with minor changes in schedule time.
- The LAST eastbound Route 4 trip leaving Blake Hospital at 6:32pm will travel quicker ending at Walmart at 7:25 pm.
Route 6 (Cortez Road):
- The two final westbound trips will end earlier at Cortez Road and the Shoppes at Paradise Bay at 7:21 pm and 8:21 pm.
Route 9 (26th Street West):
- The final northbound trip that begins at State College of Florida at 6:50 pm will end earlier in Downtown Bradenton at 7:11 pm.
Route 16 (15th Street East):
- A new early morning published trip will travel north on 15th Street East from Whitfield Avenue beginning at 5:40 am, Monday through Saturday.
For more information on these schedule changes, please contact MCAT Customer Service at (941) 747-7116.
More information at www.mymanatee.org/departments/mcat
TheBus has resumed resumed regular service hours and fare collection.
In order to be consistent with COVID 19 recommendations issued by the Federal Transit Administration and due to safety concerns for drivers and passengers, the transit Operator contracted to operate bus service for Hernando County respectfully requests that all passengers wear a face covering when riding or utilizing the Hernando County Transit Service.
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/