Tarrant County partners with Trinity Metro for free rides on Election Day

(FORT WORTH, TX – Oct. 30, 2019) – On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Tarrant County voters will be able to catch free rides to the polls on seven transit services.

The Tarrant County Commissioners Court approved a partnership with several transportation services in Tarrant County to pay for customer trips to voting locations on Election Day.

Official Seal of Tarrant County Texas

On Nov. 5, riders can show their voter registration card or current Texas ID and ride for free to vote.

The Commissioners Court approved the plan, which is not to exceed $20,000, on Oct. 15. 

“It is important that every eligible voter in Tarrant County has the opportunity to vote,” said Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley. “We have included as many public transit providers as possible within Tarrant County, from accessible services for the elderly and mobility-impaired, to on-demand service in Arlington.”

Wayne Gensler, vice president and chief operating officer for bus and paratransit at Trinity Metro, said he is pleased for the opportunity this partnership provides.

“Election Day is an essential time for everyone’s voice to be heard,” Gensler said. “We appreciate the Tarrant County Commissioners funding this initiative to encourage voter participation.”

The seven transit services included in the program are Trinity Metro’s fixed-route bus, TEXRail, ACCESS paratransit, Tarrant County Transportation Services (TCTS), and Northeast Transportation Services (NETS), and Arlington’s Via and Handitran.

Those who qualify and want to ride to vote on ACCESS, TCTS, NETS or Handitran should call the provider at least 48 hours ahead of the trip to schedule their free ride to any of the Tarrant County Vote Centers. Visit the list of polling places served by Trinity Metro.

To use Via’s on-demand service in Arlington to vote on Election Day, riders simply download Via’s app and enter the address of a Vote Center within Via’s service area or call 817-794-7382 to hail a ride by phone. The rider will not be charged for trips scheduled to or from a Vote Center location.

For questions about Trinity Metro’s services, call 817-215-8600.

 

Trinity Metro has a treat for Dash passengers

(FORT WORTH, TX – Oct. 30, 2019) – With the season of trick-or-treating upon us, Trinity Metro has a special treat for riders of The Dash. Customers can now enjoy complimentary rides on The Dash through Dec. 31, 2019. The route operates between 

The Dash En Route

downtown Fort Worth, the 7th Street corridor, Crockett Row’s dining and entertainment options, the Cultural District and the new Dickies Arena.

“We’ve had such a great response from riders who are using our new battery-electric bus service,” said Trinity Metro CEO and President Bob Baulsir. “The feedback has been so positive that we decided to extend free rides on The Dash through the end of the year.”

Since service began on Sept. 22, more than 6,500 passengers have ridden The Dash. Customers enjoy a perimeter seating arrangement that allows for a comfortable and engaging way to visit with friends and other passengers while en route.

The late night service on Friday and Saturday nights also makes The Dash a popular choice for weekend outings. The Dash operates 9:22 a.m.-10:44 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 9:22 a.m.-12:44 a.m. Friday-Saturday. The full schedule is available online.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, tickets will be $2 one way or $5 for a day pass, which includes all of Trinity Metro’s bus services, Trinity Metro TEXRail, and Trinity Railway Express to CentrePort Station.

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 8 million passenger trips on buses, TEXRail, 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 between downtown Fort Worth and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.

TRE bus bridge planned for Saturday, Oct. 26

During a construction project on Saturday, Oct. 26, buses will be used in place of Trinity Railway Express (TRE) trains between the Richland Hills Station and Fort Worth Central Station. The bus bridge will be in effect all day for TRE trains.

Trinity Metro TEXRail will provide service between Fort Worth Central Station and Fort Worth T&P Station. Passengers should allow additional time beyond their normal commuting schedule if planning to use these stations.