HART Arterial BRT
The BRT Arterial Study will examine the potential for a Bus Rapid Transit line with all exclusive guideway and full Transit Signal Priority focusing on the current Nebraska Avenue MetroRapid corridor, Fowler Avenue corridor, and the Florida Avenue corridor. The project should also foster development that supports local land use plans as well as long‐term economic growth.
Two of HART's busiest and most popular local bus routes are Route 1 located on Florida Avenue and the MetroRapid on Nebraska Avenue. These routes, along with other local routes in this area that connect Downtown Tampa and the USF Tampa Campus, are the focus of HART's Tampa Arterial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Study.
The study's primary goal is to identify a corridor, using some combination of Florida, Nebraska, and/or Fowler avenues, to connect Downtown Tampa to the USF Tampa Campus. This corridor will be able to provide a dedicated transit lane for a majority (at least 50%) of its length to ensure reliable bus travel times. Additional goals of the study are to improve local, street-level bus service along Florida, Nebraska and/or Fowler avenues and adjacent corridors, as well as intersecting corridors between the USF Tampa Campus and Downtown Tampa. The study will focus on how the proposed new bus service can best meet the needs of existing bus riders, as well as those who may not have chosen to use this form of transportation before.
THIS STUDY HAS THREE MAIN OBJECTIVES
1) Improve safety and transit operating conditions for bus routes on Florida, Nebraska and/or Fowler avenues between USF and Downtown Tampa.
2) Improve connectivity for east-west routes that cross the USF to Downtown Tampa corridor.
3) Improve local transit access on Florida, Nebraska and/or Fowler avenues for communities between USF and Downtown Tampa, including bicycle and pedestrian connectivity and signalized crossing improvements, throughout the area for eventual connection to potential premium transit alignments.