Going carless in Tampa: HCC professor finds commuting by bus works for him

Dustin Lemke, a Hillsborough Community College Communications Professor and experienced world traveler, uses public transportation everywhere he visits around the globe.

Back in 2010 he started wondering if he could successfully get around the Tampa Bay area, including commute to work from his Tampa Heights home. He traded in his car keys for a bus pass and challenged himself to rely on HART (Hillsborough Area Regional Transit) to get him to HCC and around Hillsborough County for one year. 

The experience went so well that after the first year was up, Lemke decided he really didn't want a new car, he wanted to keep riding. That was 2011 and now he is a connoisseur of public transportation, navigating the Tampa Bay region with help from HART's OneBusAway app and Google maps. 

Take a ride with Dustin in the above 83 Degrees Media video story to learn why he prefers traversing Tampa via regional transit.

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Read more articles by Julie Branaman.

Julie Branaman is a multimedia photojournalist based in the Tampa Bay region. Before joining 83 Degrees as managing photographer in 2009 she worked at The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com, and News Channel 8. Prior to arriving in Tampa, she freelanced in the Seattle area, working on national and international stories. When not on assignment, she's likely to be found hiking, kayaking, or snorkeling her way around Florida and its unique landscapes. She and her husband James are the Founders of Branaman Photography.
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