HART has Tampa Bay residents covered: Shelters are coming soon to bus stops throughout Hillsborough County.
Thanks to a contract approved by the HART Board on August 1, approximately $360,000 will be spent on the purchase and installation of new shelters at bus stops; HART plans to install 41 shelters within the coming months.
"With inclement weather conditions endured by this area, shelters are extremely important to protecting customers from the elements," says HART Public Information Officer Marcia Mejia. "These shelters will make public transit easier and more convenient to use."
There are currently 3,700 bus stops throughout Hillsborough County with one in seven stops having the luxury of a shelter. Recently, HART has seen a significant increase in the amount of shelters in the Tampa Bay area. Three years ago, only one in every 15 stops were sheltered.
"HART has made a concerted effort over the past few years to increase the number of shelters at our bus stops," says Mejia. "More shelters at our stops is always good news for our customers."
Apart from the 41 approved, even more shelters may be purchased in the future should more funding become available. The contract approved is for up to $846,220 in shelter-related purchases and construction for the next two years.
For more information on HART and its services, visit the HART website.
Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Marcia Mejia, HART