Tampa, Fla. - The partial government shutdown entered its third week. For many federal employees in Tampa, it has been 21 days of being furloughed or going without pay. According to reports, nationally about 800,000 workers have been affected by the partial shutdown. At the Tampa International Airport, 800 federal employees are impacted.

As this shutdown continues, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) and Tampa International Airport (TPA) have partnered to provide a viable transportation option for their employees travel to and from work. HART has donated 500 31-Day Farecards to support workers of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to ease the hardship they are facing during the partial shutdown.

During a government shutdown, many federal employees are considered essential - requiring them to report to work even if they are not getting paid. The employee’s ability to get to work is critical for Tampa both financially and operationally. Tampa International Airport is a vital transportation gateway and an economic engine for the Tampa Bay area.

HART’s contribution will hopefully ease the transportation burden and enable workers to utilize the funds for other necessary items during this period of uncertainty.

“It is a privilege to be able to offer some assistance to the hardworking federal workers at Tampa International Airport during this time,” said HART Interim CEO Jeff Seward. “We have built a strong relationship with the airport team, and any assistance we can provide its employees, we stand at the ready.”

“We are grateful to all of our partners in the Bay area who are pulling together to assist the federal workers who are such an important part of the airport family,” said Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano. “Their commitment to safety and customer service is what helps make Tampa International one of the best airports in the world.”

HART is committed to being an integral part of the communities it serves. Giving back for us is about identifying a need in our community and making sure we are there to provide the help needed.