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					Commuting Options




                                                        Carpool!
                              Find a fellow County employee to commute with you to work!


                                                    Ride The Bus!
                           Hillsborough County gives employees a 75% discount on passes.


                                                       Vanpool!
                                 BACS provides a van and you share the monthly cost.


                                                     Bike or Walk!
                                          Find a biking pool or a walking buddy!


                                            Work A Flexible Schedule!
                                      Sign up for a flexible schedule and save gas!


                                             Guaranteed Ride Home!
                                     You won't be stranded if an emergency arises!


Carpool!

   •   Save money on gas, tolls and parking by finding neighbors that work near your place of work. To find someone
       interested in carpooling, you can either:
            o    Use Bay Area Commuter Services’ (BACS) computerized ride matching service that will help you identify
                 potential carpoolers and vanpoolers with whom you can share your daily commute. Take advantage of their
                 free service by completing an Ez-Ride application online or call BACS at 1-800-998-RIDE (7433) and speak
                 with a Customer Service Representative, or

            o    Visit the Commuter Connection section in COIN’s Classified Ads to find a fellow County employee to carpool
                 with. There you can find County employees looking to carpool, vanpool or bike or place your own free ad.

            o    County Center employees can apply for free parking in the County Center parking if they carpool with at
                 least two other County Center employees.

            o    To apply for the free parking, fill out the application and send it to Facilities Management, 13th Floor, County
                 Center. For more information, contact Sharon Faucette, Facilities Management, at 276-2825.


Ride The Bus!

   •   Hillsborough County provides a 75% discount on bus passes for County employees. To get a pass:
            o    Go to the 12th Floor of County Center at the Clerk of the Circuit Court's BOCC Accounting office between 9
                 a.m. and 4 p.m.
            o    You will need your last paycheck stub and photo identification.
            o    You need to pay with either a check or cash.
            o    You can purchase a 31-day or 20-ride local or express HARTride Card.
             o     Only one card per month per employee.
             o     For more information, you can call 276-2029, ext. 6103 or 6105.


    •   For information on HART local and express bus routes, park ‘n ride locations and schedules: www.gohart.org or call
        254-4278.


    •   For information on PSTA local and express bus routes, park ‘n ride locations and schedules: psta.net or call 727-540-
        1900.


    •   Google Transit can help you find out which bus route would work best for you.


    •   HART also offers a Travel Training Program that instructs new riders on how to take the bus.


    •   If you carpool, vanpool, ride the bus, bicycle or walk to work at least two days a week, you may be eligible for a free (or
        low cost) taxi ride home through the Emergency Ride Home Program. The program will pay for your ride home up to
        eight times a year if there is a personal or family emergency, unscheduled overtime, sickness, or if your carpool or
        vanpool partners have an emergency. Information and registration information is available online or by calling Bay Area
        Commuter Services at 1-800-998-7433.


Vanpool!

    •   A vanpool is a group of 5 to 15 commuters who voluntarily participate in a ridesharing arrangement. Bay Area Vanpool
        provides a variety of vehicles ranging from 7-passenger minivans to 15-passenger vans. The monthly cost of the van is
        based on the type of vehicle and the monthly mileage traveled. The monthly cost per participant is determined by
        dividing the total operating expenses, including gas, maintenance, tolls and parking, by the number of passengers in
        the group for the month.

             o     Read a detailed flyer on the vanpool program or call: 282-8200.


    •   If you carpool, vanpool, ride the bus, bicycle or walk to work at least two days a week, you may be eligible for a free (or
        low cost) taxi ride home through the Emergency Ride Home Program. The program will pay for your ride home up to
        eight times a year if there is a personal or family emergency, unscheduled overtime, sickness, or if your carpool or
        vanpool partners have an emergency. Information and registration information is available online or by calling Bay Area
        Commuter Services at 1-800-998-7433.


Walk or ride your bike!

    •   If you live close to your place of work or near biking trails, consider walking or biking. There are groups in the area that
        can link you up with biking buddies. Find a list of cyclists looking for “bike pool partners.”


    •   Get tips on bike commuting


    •   Remember, all HART and PSTA buses are equipped with a bike rack, so you can take the bus home if you get caught
        at work in the rain.


    •   If you work downtown, you also can use the Wellness Center’s showers and changing facilities before starting work on
        most days. Most County buildings also have bike racks outside so you can safely lock up your bike.


    •   If you carpool, vanpool, ride the bus, bicycle or walk to work at least two days a week, you may be eligible for a free (or
        low cost) taxi ride home through the Emergency Ride Home Program. The program will pay for your ride home up to
        eight times a year if there is a personal or family emergency, unscheduled overtime, sickness, or if your carpool or
        vanpool partners have an emergency. Information and registration information is available online or by calling Bay Area
        Commuter Services at 1-800-998-7433.




Flexible Hours or Compressed Work Week

    •   You can work a flexible schedule or compressed work week which will keep you out of rush hour traffic and on the road
           less. Less time spent sitting in traffic will save gas, even if you are driving by yourself.


     •     If you want to work a flexible schedule as allowed through HR-6.10, you need obtain approval from your supervisor and
           department director and complete a “flexible schedule” approval form.




Guaranteed Ride Home!

     •     If you carpool, vanpool, ride the bus, bicycle or walk to work at least two days a week, you may be eligible for a free (or
           low cost) taxi ride home through the Emergency Ride Home Program. The program will pay for your ride home up to
           eight times a year if there is a personal or family emergency, unscheduled overtime, sickness, or if your carpool or
           vanpool partners have an emergency. Information and registration information is available online or by calling Bay Area
           Commuter Services at 1-800-998-7433.


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Helpful Links


     •     Bay Area Commuter Services (BACS)
     •     Bike Commuting Tips
     •     Bus - HART express system route schedules
     •     Bus - HART local system routes schedules
     •     Bus - Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
     •     Commute Cost Calculator
     •     Emergency Ride Home Program
     •     Find County Carpool Partners on COIN
     •     Find Carpool Partners by completing an EZ-Ride application through BACS
     •     Find a list of cyclists looking for “bike pool partners”
     •     Flexible work schedule approval form
     •     Free County Center Parking Application
     •     Google Transit
     •     Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART)
     •     Interstate Construction information
     •     Real-time Traffic and Travel information
     •     Trolley - HART's In-Town Trolley system routes
     •     Vanpooling Information

				
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