Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

HART poised to reduce Plant City 28X express bus service rather than eliminate it

The Plant City area will not lose express bus service to Tampa under proposed changes to the county's bus service.

HART (Hillsborough Area Rapid Transit) had proposed eliminating the 28X East County Express as part of a cost-cutting strategy.

The 28X runs twice in the morning — 6:20 a.m. and 6.50 a.m. — from a park-and-ride at Mount Zion Assembly of God on Thonotosassa Road. The bus runs along Interstate 4, making a stop at the Burnett Park park-and-ride and a street stop on Mango Road before connecting to downtown Tampa via Interstate 75. It makes the return trip at 4:40 and 5:15 p.m.

The HART staff is now proposing the 28X run once in the early morning and once in the afternoon. Bus times will be based on a readership survey. The route currently serves about 30 passengers a day.

East Hillsborough commuters, who gathered some 50 signatures for a petition drive to save the 28X, and local leaders had appealed to HART to maintain the express bus.

"They understood the budget constraints we are under but they did request that we keep at least one 28X bus," said HART spokesman Marcia Mejia.

Reducing service from two buses to one will save HART about $70,000 a year.

"HART made the right decision," said Plant City Mayor Mike Sparkman, who had lobbied to save the express bus. "Those citizens who use the bus deserve it."

HART is also recommending eliminating Saturday service on the Brandon Flex route due to low ridership with savings invested in a weekday Brandon Flex service.

The proposed changes are part of HART's wide-ranging drive to reduce low-ridership service and reinvest in more productive routes.

Fares also will increase slightly under the planned changes with $2 local and limited express rides and $3 fares for express buses, a quarter increase in both cases. One-day unlimited ride passes for local and limited express service would rise to $4, a 25 cent increase.

The popular 31-day unlimited ride pass would from rise from $60 to $65 for local and limited express and from $90 to $95 for 31-day express passes. The adult-student fare for the same bus pass, sold through local colleges and universities, would increase from $45 to $48.75.

The fare and route changes were approved by HART's Finance, Governance, and Administration Committee July 16. Final approval rests with HART's board of directors, which meets Aug. 6. If approved, changes will take effect Nov. 11.

Kevin Brady can be reached at hillsnews@tampabay.com.

HART poised to reduce Plant City 28X express bus service rather than eliminate it 07/26/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 26, 2012 4:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. 10 sailors missing, 5 hurt in collision of USS John S. McCain

    SEOUL —Ten U.S. Navy sailors are missing and five have been injured after the USS John S. McCain destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore early Monday morning.

    In this Jan. 22, 2017, photo provided by U.S. Navy, the USS John S. McCain patrols in the South China Sea while supporting security efforts in the region. The guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant ship on Monday, Aug. 21, in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca. Ten sailors were missing, and five were injured, the Navy said. [James Vazquez/U.S. Navy via AP]
  2. Pasco County Fire Rescue fighting a two-alarm fire started by an explosion

    Fire

    Two houses are on fire and one victim has been critically burned and taken to a trauma center following an explosion at a home at 8652 Velvet Dr, in Port Richey.

  3. Rays see the Blake Snell they've been waiting for in win over Mariners

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was a one-run game Sunday when the Mariners' Robinson Cano singled with one out in the seventh inning, bringing the dangerous Nelson Cruz to the plate.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) throwing in the third inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.
  4. Bucs counting on better health creating better pass rush

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Ask Bucs coaches about the improved depth and health of their defensive line, and they'll look around for a piece of wood to knock on.

    Retired All-Pro defensive end  Simeon Rice, right, the last Buc to have double-digit sacks in a season,  works with defensive end Ryan Russell, who last season was promoted from the practice squad for the second half of the year as injuries piled up. He is competing for a backup job this year.
  5. Tampa man turns himself in for Sunday hit and run fatality

    Public Safety

    A Tampa man was arrested early Sunday after he struck and killed a pedestrian, left the scene, and then called 911 to turn himself in.