Monday, April 23, 2018
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Neighborhood news: 28X bus to reduce service to downtown Tampa beginning Monday

PLANT CITY

HART to reduce bus service to Tampa Monday

Bus service to Tampa is about to get leaner.

Starting Monday, the 28X bus will operate on a revised schedule of one round-trip daily, down from two round-trips.

The bus will leave the park-and-ride at the Mount Zion Assembly of God Church, 3005 Thonotosassa Road, at 6:35 a.m. to arrive downtown at the Marion Street Transit Center at 7:26 a.m. Then, in the afternoon, the bus will depart the transit center at 5:05 p.m. to arrive at the Mount Zion park-and-ride at 5:55 p.m. The bus line makes several stops along the way.

The schedule change is an upgrade from one pushed by Hillsborough Area Regional Transit last summer to cancel service from Plant City. HART sought to eliminate the express service to save about $250,000 a year. The 28X averages about 15 riders per trip, one of HART's lowest ridership express buses.

The proposal ignited scores of complaints, however, and prompted County Commissioner Al Higginbotham and Plant City city commissioners to intervene. HART relented, but not without crafting a plan to trim the service.

The schedule change coincides with a systemwide fare hike set to take effect Sunday. For Plant City riders, that will mean service on the 28X will increase to $3 a trip from $2.75. Monthly express passes will increase to $95 from $90. Go to gohart.org for more information.

Empty Bowls event set for downtown

For months, hundreds of schoolchildren across Plant City have pulled and tugged at blobs of gray potter's clay to form tiny ceramic bowls.

On Saturday, their work will be unveiled.

The bowls will be handed out as part of the second annual Plant City Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit the United Food Bank of Plant City.

The event, the largest of the food bank's fundraising efforts, involves hundreds of bowls, some with messages of hope, love and generosity in an effort to encourage donations. Last year's fundraiser generated about $6,000 for the food bank. The money goes toward general operations, food purchases and breakfast and lunch programs for poor children.

The fundraiser will be held at the downtown Historic Train Depot and McCall Park from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. The event includes a light lunch.

Annual Pig Jam heats up Nov. 17

The Plant City Chamber of Commerce presents the 10th annual Plant City Pig Jam State BBQ Championship from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Randy Larson Softball Four-Plex Stadium. For more information, go to plantcity.org.

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