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HART, Regional Groups Partner to Expand HyperLINK

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit District (HART) in Tampa, FL, scheduled an April 24 event to expand its HyperLINK service to a fourth neighborhood with four fully electric Model X vehicles from Tesla, as well as a seven-­passenger MV-1 vehicle for assisting riders with disabilities.

HART is one of the first public transit agencies in the nation to engage with Tesla, which specializes in luxury electric cars.

“The rest of the country is watching as Tampa and Hillsborough County lead the way on public transportation and rideshare solutions,” said HART Chief Executive Officer Katharine Eagan. “We definitely see the future of transit and want to wrap our arms around it and make it available here in the Tampa Bay area. We are excited to be providing real solutions to the people of Hillsborough County and we’re going to do it in style with electric vehicles.”

Tampa Electric Company (TECO) and several Tampa area businesses and entrepreneurs partnered to fund this initiative. TECO will power the electric vehicles, which will provide first- and last-mile service to and from designated stops in the Innovation Alliance, a region anchored by the University of South Florida, Busch Gardens, two medical facilities and a shopping mall.

The smartphone app-based HART HyperLINK service, which premiered late last year, is a pilot program subsidized by the state to provide fully accessible first- and last-mile service in targeted areas of the county. The program enhances the agency’s fixed routes by extending service into areas that currently do not have public transit.

Transdev will operate the five new vehicles.

One of the four Tesla Model X electric vehicles that will provide first- and last-mile transportation in HART’s HyperLINK service.

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