Give the environment a break and leave your car at home for the day. If you haven’t already, now’s a great time to sign up for the Commuter Challenge and try a new way to get to work or school. Try it once and you may get hooked!
HART strives to constantly raise the standard of its environmental stewardship and responsibility through proactive green initiatives that lead the way for the Tampa Bay area, and the nation. HART is committed to the environment and on Earth Day we want to give everyone the ticket to their first step towards going green. On April 22, passengers can ride HART free of charge when boarding with a friend. Passengers boarding together ride free! This promotion is not valid for use of HARTPlus or the TECO Line Streetcar Line. View Flier.
Riding transit can reduce a commuter’s carbon footprint by 20 pounds. With Earth Day approaching, there’s no better time to explore green transportation options by riding free with a friend, while reducing the carbon footprint by 40 pounds.
“HART also recognizes and appreciates that one of the main reasons why many people choose public transit is because it offers a positive, carbon footprint-reducing alternative to private transportation,” said Dr. Steven E. Polzin, HART Board Vice Chairman, “We thank everyone in the community for their continued support of HART and for going green to protect our shared and precious natural resources.”
Here are just some of the HART “Go-Green” practices:
HART becomes First Public Transportation Agency in Florida to convert to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). The next big milestone is Thursday April 24, 2014 with the grand opening of the authority’s CNG fueling facility.
The Authority’s proactive green commitment is shown, for instance, by the agency’s participation in the Federal Transit Administration’s Environmental & Sustainability Management System program (ESMS). The ESMS consists of a rigorous set of management processes and procedures that will help HART analyze, control and minimize the environmental impact of its activities and services and operate with greater efficiency.
65 percent of our bus shelters have solar panels for lighting, with plans to include panels on all our shelters within two years.
The HART bus washing facility was recently upgraded with new equipment that reclaims 95 percent of the water used.