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Two weeks of free bus rides to introduce new rapid route

Posted May 14, 2013 by Janine Dorsey

Updated May 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

HARTLine, Hillsborough County’s public transportation system, is launching a new high-tech, rapid route and the first two weeks will be absolutely free for riders.

MetroRapid North-South begins May 28 and will feature Transit Signal Priority, stations with ticket vending machines and increased stop frequencies.

The upgrades will result in a 15 percent time savings along the corridor.

One new feature - Transit Signal Priority - holds green lights and shortens red lights for the new buses as they approach intersections.

The MetroRapid North-South route will run north on Nebraska Avenue from downtown Tampa then east along Fletcher Avenue to the area of Telecom Park (west of I-75).

Following the two weeks of free rides, MetroRapid will cost the same as regular HART local bus service.

For more information and bus schedules, visit

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