HART Offers Free Services To USF Students

Just in time for back-to-school, HART recently announced that University of South Florida students can take advantage of services at no cost.

Included as a part of USF tuition, students can use their valid student identification cards to ride HART local, limited express and Flex routes for free; in addition, faculty and staff can enjoy these same services for just 25 cents.

"This school year, go green and save money by riding HART," says Marcia Mejia, HART's Public Information Officer. "Ridership continues for HART and has been for the past several years while several bus routes serve USF, the University of Tampa and all Hillsborough Community College campuses."

HART operates 10 bus routes within the USF area while connections between HART and the university's own campus shuttle service, the Bull Runner, can be made at HART's University Area Transit Center.

Non-USF students are in luck, as well: as part of the HART Adult Student Fare program, HART 31-day bus passes are being sold at a 25 percent discount by participating schools, dropping the price for students from $60 to $45. Passes can be purchased by students at their respective schools.

With the introduction of HART Flex Zones and shelters recently installed at various stops, HART ridership was up 3 percent in July with a total of 1,060,798 trips while average weekday ridership was up 18 percent from the same month in 2010.

For more information on HART services and deals and to view bus routes serving the USF, UT and HCC areas, visit the HART official website or click here to view a list of schools participating in the Adult Student Fare program.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Marcia Mejia, HART
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