The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit authority board of directors approved a massive restructuring of its routes during a meeting Monday.
The approved changes will cut service by approximately 20 percent, while other routes with high ridership will grow. Service cuts will mostly affect areas outside of Tampa like Sun City Center, FishHawk and Temple Terrace.
“We are maximizing our ability to invest in the future,” HART CEO Katharine Eagan said, noting the changes aren’t a reset but rather a capstone.
HART is one of the nation’s most underfunded transit agencies with per-person spending on transit rivaling that of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a city with a population of less than 50,000. Hillsborough County is home to nearly 1.4 million, according to 2015 United States Census data.