By Tamas Mondovics

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) has announced that beginning this month it is implementing new and improved service enhancements along Route 46, benefitting residents living on SR 60 east of Brandon.

According to HART Public Information Officer Sandra Morrison, Route 46 is being extended by six miles from Westfield Brandon Mall to Dover Rd. via SR 60 (Brandon Blvd.) and will take effect on Monday, March 17.

“The change includes new service to the Wal-Mart Supercenter, Strawberry Ridge Retirement Community and numerous other businesses that provide employment,” Morrison said.

Route 46 will also connect through the Marion Transit Center to other HART downtown routes including MetroRapid, HART local/express routes and PSTA expresses and will offer weekday hourly service from 6 a.m.-8:50 p.m.

While Route 46 will no longer serve Davis Islands, passengers can still take Route 19 to reach that destination.

“These new modifications are just one more step in the agency’s ongoing commitment to optimize its budget and resources in an optimum way while enhancing its services with the tools and transportation options that riders want,” Morrison said.

Many contend that whether going to work, to the store or simply out on the town, HART is the most affordable way to get around.

To move forward and continue its reported success, HART Chief Financial Officer Jeff Seward, has been named CFO of the Year in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2014 CFO of the Year Awards in the Government Agency category.

“I am truly humbled by this recognition and I appreciate the opportunity to help move this organization forward, but it is the HART Board and staff that truly deserve the accolades for getting HART to where it is today,” Seward said. “HART is a provider of public transportation for more than 14 million passengers a year; that is an achievement.”

For more information about the Route 46 enhancements or other HART information, visit


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