The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) agency is devoted to providing the citizens of Hillsborough County, Florida with dependable and affordable public transportation. HART offers local and express fixed-route buses, as well as the Brightside extension which is set to arrive in Tampa in the next two years. Despite budget cuts and the global recession, HART is striving to improve public transportation services by managing existing services while reducing underperforming services and gradually increasing fares. Pasco County Public Transportation (GOPASCO) is committed to effectively and efficiently managing and delivering specialized, coordinated public transportation services in Pasco County.
Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) is Manatee County's primary public transportation provider, serving the communities of Bradenton, Ellenton, Palmetto and Gulf Beach. The Tampa streetcar system was once popular in the 1920s, with nearly 24 million passengers in 1926, but stopped running in August 1946 after World War II. Hernando County's public transportation provider is TheBus, a cooperative effort of the Hernando County Board of Commissioners, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the City of Brooksville, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the Federal Transit Administration. The TECO Line streetcar system is a 2.7-mile section that connects three areas - Tampa, Ybor City and Channelside - improving transportation capacity, supporting Tampa's thriving cruise industry, and transporting workers to and from their jobs. By providing alternative modes of transportation, traffic congestion on major highways in the county is reduced.
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) has a vision to be people's first transportation choice and a driving force for the social, environmental and economic vitality of the community through innovation and partnership. Citrus County Transit is committed to providing safe, clean, and reliable transportation services to all residents and visitors. Public transportation helps connect working poor people to jobs, schools, stores, and healthcare in other American cities. Maps show how many jobs can be reached by public transport from different places in different cities. In Hillsborough County, Florida, the most popular form of public transportation is HART's local and express fixed-route buses.
The Brightside extension will soon arrive in Tampa as well.