Trinity Metro Board of Directors selects new agency president/CEO

(FORT WORTH, TEXAS) Dec. 17, 2018 – The Trinity Metro Board of Directors has named Robert Baulsir as the agency’s new president and chief executive officer, effective April 15, 2019.

Baulsir, who currently serves as senior vice president, has been instrumental in keeping the TEXRail project on schedule and under budget. In addition to his oversight of the new commuter rail line, Baulsir is also responsible for procurement, facilities management and information technology.

Bob Baulsir HeadshotBoard Chair Scott Mahaffey said Baulsir is the ideal choice for this role. “No one is more suited to step in and lead Trinity Metro into the future. We have the rare opportunity to promote from within and to benefit from Bob’s vast experience and expertise,” he said.

“The board feels that Bob Baulsir has been preparing for this role in the four years that he and Paul Ballard worked together at Trinity Metro,” Mahaffey said. “Their focus and planning has been in sync, and we know Bob can carry that vision forward to benefit our region.”

Trinity Metro President/CEO Paul Ballard, who is retiring in April, supports the board’s decision. “Bob is an integral part of our leadership team, and I can’t imagine anyone more suited to move into this role,” he said. “Shortly after I moved to Fort Worth, I recruited Bob to serve as vice president and project director of TEXRail. I knew he was the right person for the job then, and I feel the same way now.”

Baulsir has more than 30 years of transit experience, including overseeing rail development, construction, rail facilities and bus rapid transit. He has managed transit system procurement, operations and maintenance facilities, and safety and security. Prior to joining Trinity Metro in 2014, he served as General Manager of Administration for the Nashville MTA and the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee. Baulsir also worked in public agencies in New York and Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.

About Trinity Metro
Trinity Metro is a regional transportation system that provides public transportation to meet the mobility needs in Tarrant County. The agency offers connections throughout the North Central Texas region, annually providing 10 million passenger trips on buses, vanpools and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), a 34-mile commuter rail line jointly owned and operated with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Trinity Metro is constructing TEXRail, a 27-mile commuter rail line that will operate from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B, with service beginning Jan. 5, 2019.

Make Your Move: 12/05/18

Make Your Move – Dec. 5, 2018

Get in the holiday spirit with these fun events!

The city is filled with holiday cheer and Trinity Metro can take you to enjoy it all.

Ready for some holiday fun? Take one of Trinity Metro’s bus routes or Molly the Trolley to Sundance Square, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the Stockyards or Bass Performance Hall to see some of the cities’ finest holiday events.

Take Molly the Trolley to Sundance Square and check out one of these shows or events:

Dec. 6 – Here Comes Santa Claus! See Santa through Dec. 22.

Dec. 6-7 – A Merry Little Christmas Show with Ricki Derek

Dec. 8 – A Holiday Round Up Family Event – Sid Richardson Museum & Store

Dec. 8 – Kids Who Carol Holiday Performance

Dec. 19 – Chris Milyo Big Band featuring Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite

View Trinity Metro’s holiday service schedules HERE.

Enjoy the ride and the view. 

Enter the botanical wonderland at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Take bus route 7 for a little holiday beauty in the gardens.

Dec. 8 – Holiday Afternoon Tea

Dec. 15 – Santa’s Wonderland

Need a change of scenery? Take the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) over to Dallas to the American Airlines Center and take in a Stars or Mavs game or a spectacular show:

Dec. 7 – Stars vs. Sharks

Dec. 10 – Mavs vs. Magic

Dec. 14-15 – Elton John

Dec. 18 – Stars vs. Flames

NOTE: Information regarding upcoming construction affecting TRE operations can be found HERE.

The city awaits you.

Giddy up onto one of Trinity Metro’s bus routes to these holiday festivities happening in Fort Worth.

Stockyards – Ride bus route 15 to grab a family photo with Cowboy Santa or to do some sippin’ and shoppin’:

Dec. 5-22 – Christmas Cookies, Cocoa, and Cider at the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum

Dec. 7 – Photos with Cowboy Santa (Dates through Dec. 24)

Dec. 20 – December Sippin’ and Shoppin’ at Stockyards Station

Bass Performance Hall – Jolly around on Molly the Trolley, and take in one of these holiday shows:

Dec. 7 – The Nutcracker (Dates through Dec. 24)

Dec. 14 – The Nutty Nutcracker

Dec. 17 – Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas

Calling all North Texas artists!

We’re seeking to commission eight artists for the TEXRail station public art program. Open to North Texas-based artists who are at least 18 and work in any two-dimensional media.The stations are in Fort Worth, Grapevine and North Richland Hills. Apply at www.callforentry.org by Jan. 7, 2019.

Make your MOVE on Trinity Metro!

TEXRail will kick off service with free rides

(FORT WORTH, TEXAS) Dec. 4, 2018 – When Trinity Metro’s new 27-mile TEXRail commuter rail line begins service on Jan. 5, 2019, passengers will be able to try out the train for free until Feb. 1, 2019. TEXRail will run from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International’s Terminal B, providing a daily commuting option for regional employees and travelers.

“TEXRail is a premium service, and we want to give everyone an opportunity to ride,” said Trinity Metro Senior Vice President Bob Baulsir. “From the day we open on Jan. 5 until the end of January, we won’t charge a fare.”

On Feb. 1, customers will pay $2.50 for a one-way ticket. A $5 day pass is good for all rail and bus in Tarrant County. “We are providing first-class service for a nominal price,” Baulsir said. “We expect to have 8,000 riders a day by the end of the first year of service.”

About the route

TEXRail service will begin at the Texas & Pacific Station in Fort Worth and will travel through North Fort Worth, North Richland Hills and Grapevine before its final stop at Terminal B. The first train departs Fort Worth at 3:25 a.m. and arrives at the airport at 4:17 a.m.

“TEXRail’s extended hourly schedule is perfect for airport employees or travelers with early flights,” Baulsir said. “By operating 365 days a year for the majority of hours each day, we are offering riders the opportunity to avoid the hassles of driving while knowing what time they will arrive.”

For full schedule information, go to https://ridetrinitymetro.org/texrail/schedules/.

About Trinity Metro

Trinity Metro is a regional transportation system that provides public transportation to meet the mobility needs in Tarrant County. The agency offers connections throughout the North Central Texas region, annually providing 10 million passenger trips on buses, vanpools and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), a 34-mile commuter rail line jointly owned and operated with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Trinity Metro is constructing TEXRail, a 27-mile commuter rail line that will operate from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B, with service beginning Jan. 5, 2019.