Raskin says each person in the pool essentially rides for free because of TBARTA and federal subsidies.
In addition to individuals, TBARTA also works with businesses.
Raskin says the first $400 of a vanpool is paid by TBARTA thanks to funding from the Florida Department of Transportation.
"I am excited to have had the opportunity to secure $2.5 million in funding for TBARTA this session," said Florida State Representative Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa.
TBARTA is committed to efficient, affordable, and environmentally-friendly transit that keeps our economy vibrant and our community healthy."
In 2017, the Florida legislature installed TBARTA as Tampa Bay's regional transit facilitator serving Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas counties.
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The TBARTA contract is for three years in an amount not to exceed $5 million.
"Not only will this project provide a more extensive and efficient means to get people where they want to go, it will also serve as a catalyst for future regional transit development," said David Green, TBARTA Executive Director.
The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) works to advance regional transportation needs in Florida's Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas counties.
In addition to subsidizing the first-year costs of the app for schools, TBARTA is also planning to assist PikMyKid in developing features that will further reduce school traffic congestion and increase parent engagement, starting with real-time predictive traffic notifications, which will communicate with parents the optimal time to leave for drop-off and dismissal.
With TBARTA fully subsidizing the first-year for select schools new to the program, the savings can be even greater.