HART CEO Philip Hale announces retirement

(photo courtesy of tampabay.com)

(photo courtesy of tampabay.com)

After 42 years in the transit industry, HART CEO Philip Hale is retiring effective May 2, 2014. Philip Hale leaves the agency with a number of accomplishments during his tenure as HART CEO including:

  • Record ridership – an almost 7% increase during his tenure
  • The launch of MetroRapid – the first of its kind in Florida
  • Built up reserves, $2.5 million in annual savings, and expanded service
  • OneBusAway Tampa, a real-time arrival and departure information application for HART service
  • The agency’s transition to Compressed Natural Gas – first transit agency in Florida

CEO Hale believes he’s “built an excellent team,” and that he’s “comfortable stepping away now.” The MPO bids a fond farewell to an excellent team player with good sense! We’ll miss you, Phil!