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Hillsborough commissioners will consider $2.3 million to tweak bus network

TAMPA — The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority revamped its bus network last year, improving service on some busy routes but cutting others in more remote areas to save the cash-strapped agency money.

Now HART needs to tweak the new bus network, but to do so it will need the Hillsborough County Commission to approve a list of $2.3 million worth of fixes to Mission Max, the overhauled bus system.

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The county commission is set to consider the matter at Thursday's 9 a.m. meeting at County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. HART funding is on the 11:30 a.m. agenda.

The changes include adding connections to Tampa International Airport and Tampa General Hospital and making more frequent trips along some routes.

Those include increasing the frequency on routes 6, 34, 35, and 56 so they run every 15 or 30 minutes; extending route 19 so it runs to Tampa General Hospital rather than requiring riders to switch to a shuttle; adding trips on the 24LX to MacDill Air Force Base; and adding the 75LX South County Shopper Shuttle on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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If the commission approves the list, the changes would take effect Feb. 25. But if the commissioners decide to tinker themselves with HART's proposed changes, that would be a different story.

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