HART makes bus service hacker-friendly during Gasparilla

Getting to and from the Gasparilla festivities can be difficult for drivers. That’s why the Hillsborough Transit Authority (HART) is making its routes pirate-friendly on Saturday for the parade.

HART will operate additional streetcar and bus service to accommodate parade goers on Saturday, January 29.

The TECO Line tram system is free and continuous tram service will be available from 8:30 a.m. on Saturday to 2 a.m. on Sunday.

HART says the best place to park is at Ybor City Station #2 (Centro Ybor),

Note: Stations #3 and #4 will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stations #1 and #11 will be closed all day.

There will be a free shuttle bus between Station #3 (Streetcar Society Station) and Station #4 (Cadrecha Station) and downtown Tampa (Station #10 – Dick Greco Plaza) continuously from 9:30 a.m. at 7 p.m.

For HART bus services, an all-day pass costs $4, which can be purchased in advance at HART outlets or on board buses on Gasparilla Day in cash (no change provided) or through the Flamingo Fares app. Passengers can also use their monthly bus pass. This rate does not cover the City of Tampa parking fee.

For parking at the Port Authority parking garage, HART will provide a complimentary shuttle service to/from Station #10 (Dick Greco Plaza) continuously from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information, including road maps, visit www.goHART.org.

Melvin Z. Madore