Jul 272017

A recent experience caused me to gain some insight into the process the local transit authority, HART (Hillsborough County, FL) for those with medical requirements needing their door-to-door services. It is, as it turns out, way more complex than it should be, and likely makes flat impractical from some people who need the service on a shorter-term basis to be able to use it.

Let me start with some background. I have received physical therapy at a rehabilitation facility on South Dale Mabry Hwy. (I drive, and this really isn’t about me, but there was a situation that caused me to be aware of your current process.) Earlier this week, there was an older lady there receiving therapy for her knee. As I was leaving, she was limping along up the service road, so I stopped to offer her a ride. She said she was just going to the bus stop, but that was in front of the Lowes (at least a block from the facility), and across the very busy highway. It would have taken her some time at her pace, at midday, to make it to the stop. Continue reading »

Some Days It Just Doesn't Pay to Get Up

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Mar 052010

And you thought your day was bad. An unidentified person in Tampa had about the worst day a person can have. He was apparently trying to cross Nebraska Avenue, one of the busier streets here in town, and he got hit by a car. Now that would be bad enough, but apparently the car knocked him into one of the HART buses. Not surprisingly, he’s in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital. It would be like something out of a cartoon if it happened for real.