New Trinity Metro “first mile/last mile” ZIPZONE service promotes commuting to work

(FORT WORTH, TEXAS) Feb. 26, 2019 – As an innovative way to help North Texans reach their destinations, Trinity Metro is providing ZIPZONE, a first mile/last mile transportation solution, in select service areas.

The first area Trinity Metro is offering the new ZIPZONE service is in the Alliance corridor. Alliance ZIPZONE is the result of a regional partnership with the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA), allowing riders to connect with the North Texas Xpress that operates between downtown Fort Worth and Alliance and Denton. Alliance ZIPZONE replaces the Alliance Link, a first mile/last mile pilot started by Toyota. That pilot ended in January 2019.  

“When we started North Texas Xpress with DCTA in Fall 2016, we knew the bus route would be a good choice for employees in the Alliance area,” said Trinity Metro President/CEO Paul Ballard. “Now we’re taking it one step further to help Alliance employees arrive at work without having to drive.”

AllianceTexas, a Hillwood development that is celebrating 30 years, is home to more than 500 companies and more than 61,000 jobs. The economic impact of AllianceTexas is estimated to exceed $7 billion.

“Providing connectivity for passengers is essential,” Ballard said. “The addition of our Alliance ZIPZONE is another incentive for employees who work in this area to leave their cars at home.”

Alliance ZIPZONE service is provided through Lyft, an on-demand transportation company. Trinity Metro passengers can conveniently use the Lyft app, entering a specific code to gain access to the first mile/last mile rides. Hours of operation are 4:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. On weekends, hours are from 5:30-7:30 a.m. and 4-7:30 p.m.

Trinity Metro is currently considering implementing ZIPZONE in other parts of its service areas. “It’s an attractive solution for helping riders get to their final destination,” Ballard said.

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 the sole owner and operator of TEXRail, a 27-mile commuter rail line that runs from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.

 

Trinity Metro’s Safari Xpress: The best option for going to the Fort Worth Zoo

(FORT WORTH, TEXAS) March 6, 2019 – Spring break is just around the corner, and Trinity Metro will operate its annual Safari Xpress to and from the Fort Worth Zoo on weekdays and both weekends of spring break.

Starting Saturday, March 9, and continuing through Sunday, March 17, zoo visitors can enjoy an inexpensive way to travel without battling traffic or looking for a parking spot. The Safari Xpress will operate between the Downtown ITC/Fort Worth Station, 1001 Jones St., and the Fort Worth Zoo’s main parking lot entrance on Colonial Parkway.

A day pass for the Safari Xpress is $5 for adults and $2.50 for youth ages 5-19 and seniors 65 and older. Children 4 and younger are free. The local day pass is good for all of Trinity Metro’s bus and rail services in Tarrant County, including TEXRail. For those traveling from outside of Tarrant County, a regional day pass is $12.

The first bus will leave the Downtown ITC/Fort Worth Station at 9:15 a.m. daily and the last trip departing from downtown will be at 5:45 p.m. The first departure from the zoo will be at 9:45 a.m. and the last trip will be at 5:45 p.m. weekdays and 6:15 p.m. weekends. The Safari Xpress runs every 30 minutes.

For additional information about the Safari Xpress, call Trinity Metro’s Customer Service at 817-215-8600.

The Fort Worth Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $16 for adults (ages 13 and older), $12 for seniors (65 and older) and children (ages 3 to 12). Children ages 2 and younger are free. Admission is half-price every Wednesday.

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 the sole owner and operator of TEXRail, a 27-mile commuter rail line that runs from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.

Make Your Move: 2/15/19

Ride the rails on TEXRail

Have you had your chance to ride TEXRail? If not, there are plenty of opportunities that allow you to experience our new commuter rail service. Find a new lunch spot, plan a fun date night or explore the world by riding into DFW Airport’s Terminal B.

Check out one of these great shows or events in Fort Worth or Grapevine:

     Feb. 16 – Dwight Yoakam at Billy Bob’s – take TEXRail to the North Side Station, then bus route 12 or bus route 14 to the Fort Worth Stockyards.

     Feb. 20-24 – Robert Dubac’s The Book of Moron at Bass Performance Hall – ride TEXRail to the Downtown Fort Worth/ITC Station and connect via Molly the Trolley.

     Feb. 22 – Goldfinger (1964) at the Palace Theatre in Grapevine – take TEXRail to the Grapevine/Main Street Station and then enjoy the quick walk up Main Street.

     Feb. 23 – Shenandoah at Billy Bob’s – ride TEXRail to the North Side Station, then bus route 12 or bus route 14 to the Fort Worth Stockyards.

     Feb. 23-24 – Loremaster’s Challenge at Warhammer Store and Cafe in Grapevine – take TEXRail to the Grapevine/Main Street Station.

🚄 TEXRail rides are $2.50 for a single ride or $5.00 for a day pass 🚄

 

Enjoy the ride and the destination

Take Molly the Trolley to Sundance Square for some jazzy tunes or to take in an iconic play:

     Feb. 19 & 26 – Straight Ahead – A Blue Note Tribute at Scatt Jazz Lounge. 

     Feb. 21 – Our Town at Circle Theatre (Show dates into March).

Take bus routes 2 or 7 to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History during Engineers Week to Will Rogers Memorial Center for the Cowtown Marathon:

     Feb. 19-23 – Engineers Week: Invent Amazing.

     Feb. 23-24 – Cowtown Marathon. 

Take bus route 15 from our Downtown ITC/Fort Worth Station to the Fort Worth Stockyards for:

      Feb. 28 – Book signing with Beck Crouch Patterson, author of “Luckenbach Texas – Center of the Universe” at Maverick Fine Western Wear.

      Feb. 28 & Mar. 1 – Margaret Sullivan Trunk Show at Maverick Fine Western Wear. 

Get your groove on bus routes 1, 4 or 6 and head over to Fort Worth’s Near Southside to celebrate one of Fort Worth’s own:

     Mar. 1 – Quaker City Nighthawks – new release performance celebration at Record Town followed by more revelry at the Shipping and Receiving Bar.

Plan your trip on Trinity Metro with our trip planner. 

 

Trinity Metro Career Fair – Feb. 20, 2019

Looking for your next step? We have immediate openings for Bus Operators. Come visit with Trinity Metro staff at the Downtown/ITC Fort Worth Station located at 1001 Jones Street, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn more. Interviews will be held onsite, so be sure to bring a resume and perhaps get hired on the spot. Apply online before the event for a quicker process. Share this email with family and friends that might be looking for a new career opportunity. 

See all of our available positions HERE.

Make Your Move: 02/01/19

Make Your Move – Feb. 1, 2019

All aboard TEXRail

The first weeks of TEXRail service have us saying, WOW! A big THANK YOU to all who rode and had fun with us.

Our #MyTimeToTrain event showed TEXRail riders fantastic destinations that are now a train ride away. In case you missed it, here are some of our favorite places to visit on TEXRail this month and how to get there:

The Omni Hotel – ride TEXRail to the Downtown Fort Worth/ITC Station and connect with Molly the Trolley.

The Fort Worth Stockyards – take TEXRail to the North Side Station and then bus route 12 or bus route 14.

Back Forty Smokehouse – TEXRail takes you right there via the North Richland Hills/Smithfield Station.

The Palace Theatre – it’s easy to get there on TEXRail from the Grapevine/Main Street Station.

Mac’s on Main – it’s another convenient ride on TEXRail to the Grapevine/Main Street Station.

 TEXRail rides are now $2.50 for a single ride or $5.00 for a day pass 

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Enjoy the ride and the destination

Take bus route 15 from our Downtown ITC/Fort Worth Station to the Fort Worth Stockyards for:

Feb. 2 – Easton Corbin at Billy Bob’s

Feb. 3 – Cowtown Opry at Livestock Exchange Building

Feb. 8 – Brothers Osborne at Billy Bob’s

Take Molly the Trolley over to Sundance Square for some family fun or fabulous shopping:

Feb. 2 – Family Film Series at Sid Richardson Museum

Feb. 7-9 – Winter Clearance Sale at all your favorite Sundance Square Shops

Get funky on bus routes 1, 4 or 6 to Fort Worth’s Near Southside:

Feb. 1-24 – Lonely Planet at Amphibian Stage Productions

Feb. 2 – Near Southside Brewery Tour

Feb. 7 – Samantha Fish at Shipping and Receiving Bar

Plan your trip to all the places Trinity Metro can take you with our trip planner. 

 

The city awaits you

You still have time to saddle up for a ride on Trinity Metro’s bus route 2 or 7, to check out the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. It runs through Feb. 9.

Want to do a little shopping before the show? Bus route 7 also takes you to University Park Village.

 

Driver Career Fair – 02/20/2019

Trinity Metro will be conducting a driver career fair on Feb. 20, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Downtown ITC/Fort Worth station at 1001 Jones St, Fort Worth, TX 76102.

 

 

 

TEXRail ridership nears 100,000 in January

Commuter rail line expected to exceed 100,000 on Feb. 1

(FORT WORTH, TEXAS) Feb. 1, 2019 – TEXRail ridership came close to 100,000 during the first 22 days of service, Jan. 10-31. The new commuter rail line from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport provided 98,582 rides in January. On Feb. 1, the first day of revenue service, ridership is expected to push the grand total to more than 100,000.

“Ridership has been consistently strong throughout the first three weeks of service,” said Trinity Metro President/CEO Paul J Ballard. “The number of passengers commuting to work, taking day trips or traveling to the airport has been phenomenal.” TEXRail Passengers at Grapevine Main Street Station

To give everyone a chance to experience TEXRail, Trinity Metro offered complimentary rides through Jan. 31. Beginning Friday, Feb. 1, the local fare for TEXRail is $2.50 one way or $5 for a local day pass, which includes all Trinity Metro bus and rail service in Tarrant County. A regional day pass is $12 and includes all Trinity Metro, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, and Denton County Transportation Authority trains and buses.

“We anticipate the ridership will fluctuate over the next few months, but we have no doubt that TEXRail will continue to be a popular choice for North Texans, tourists and travelers,” Ballard said. “The target ridership has been 8,000 a day by the end of the first year of service. So far, we are averaging 4,500 a day.”

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 the sole owner and operator of TEXRail, a 27-mile commuter rail line that runs from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.

Trinity Metro names Vice President of Human Resources

Kelli Shields HeadshotKelli Shields, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, has been selected as Vice President of Human Resources for Trinity Metro. She brings more than 10 years of experience to the position, including recruitment, employee and labor relations, performance management, training and development.

Shields has been with Trinity Metro since 2011, when she started as a leave specialist in human resources and worked her way up to roles as manager and later director of employee relations and recruitment. Earlier in her career, she worked a human resources specialist for Think Finance, Inc., and a human resources manager for Total Logistic Control.

Shields earned a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She belongs to the Society for Human Resource Management and the Fort Worth Human Resources Association.