ALTERNATIVE
TRANSPORTATION

​HART HYPERLINK

HART is proud to unveil the nation's first transit-operated rideshare service: HART HyperLINK. Breaking down the first mile/last mile barrier, HART HyperLINK uses rideshare technology to connect riders to and from our expansive transit system. The innovative transit solution will extend the footprint of our network direct to your doorstep, delivering rides to and from designated local bus stops for passengers in the University and Carrollwood areas with later expansion to Brandon.

HART HyperLINK helps you eliminate the hassle of unpredictable commutes, providing shorter mobility trips to bus stops that get you where you want to go. This state-subsidized pilot program means passengers only pay a low fare for each trip.

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PRIVATE ​CHARTER COMPANIES

The Federal Transportation Administration maintains an exhaustive database of private charter service providers in our area. If you are interested in obtaining charter bus service for an event or other occasion, please click here to access the FTA database.

EMERGENCY RIDE HOME

RIDE WITHOUT WORRY

One common question many working professionals have about public transportation is what they will do when life’s little emergencies arise. How will they get home without a car if they have a sick child or have to work late?

Well, worry no more: The TBARTA Emergency Ride Home program is the answer to your public transportation concerns. If at least two days a week you ride the bus, vanpool or carpool (or even ride a bicycle or walk), you can take up to 4 free taxi rides each year in cases of personal illness, family emergency or unexpected overtime. (Some restrictions apply; please call for details.)

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By using another mode of transportation, rather than driving alone, you are reducing traffic and parking congestion, curbing auto emissions and improving the quality of life in our community. By providing incentives like the Emergency Ride Home Program, we hope to encourage everyone to commute the smart way!

HOW DO I ENROLL?

To register, visit TBARTA.com. You'll be enrolled in the Emergency Ride Home Program and must re-enroll annually. That's all there is to it!

 
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​​​​​​​​​​​​"Commuters will be pleasantly surprised at how well vanpooling works. Some members of our pool choose to read, others work and several converse on our commute. It is reliable, quick and efficient. All of our riders have been pleased with the savings."

Ros Owen, vanpool driver Designer for Standard Register

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VANPOOL

BETTER COMMUTES WITH VANPOOL

Discover the comfort, convenience and savings of a vanpool. A vanpool is a group of at least six employees riding together in a van on their daily commute to and from work. One member of the group drives and picks up the other group members at their residences or a common pickup area. A back-up driver is always available in case the regular driver goes on vacation or gets sick. TBARTA operates this vanpool service and provides the van. Vanpooling operates on a monthly basis, so you never have to make a long-term commitment

Each passenger pays a monthly fare, which covers the cost of maintenance and insurance, and shares the gas cost. Thanks to government funding, fares are low, and you save significantly over the cost of driving alone. Plus, vanpoolers are eligible for the Emergency Ride Home program, which provides individual transportation for emergencies and unexpected overtime.

COMMUTING WITH COMFORT AND RESPONSIBILITY

People who vanpool to work arrive more relaxed and are less stressed than their co-workers who drive alone. When not behind the wheel, you can use this time to read, sleep or catch up on paperwork. The vans are equipped with air-conditioning, individual reading lights, plenty of legroom and other features that make your ride more comfortable. And because vanpools are organized according to where you live and work, you'll be riding with friends, neighbors and colleagues.

Vanpools also help reduce the congestion on the roadways. If there are eight people in your vanpool, that's seven fewer cars on the road. You'll enjoy your commute knowing that you are improving traffic conditions and helping reduce pollution.

Does your employer know that your company can subsidize your vanpool commute while reducing its taxable income? Under the Comprehensive National Energy Policy Act, effective January 1, 1993, employers can give their employees up to $255 a month tax free for vanpooling. Ask your employer if they offer the program and how to get set up.

 
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"Vanpooling is the most economic and stress-free way to get to work. I would strongly encourage anyone who is interested to try vanpooling."

Ed Olmo, vanpool rider Assistant Director of Admissions and Registration, University of South Florida

VANPOOL APPLICATION

For more information, contact TBARTA.

You also may want to ask your employer about vanpooling. Under the Comprehensive National Energy Policy Act, employers can subsidize their employees up to $255 a month tax free for vanpooling, subsidizing this convenient, eco-friendly mode of travel while reducing their taxable income.

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