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ZIPZONE introducing weekend hours this holiday season

(FORT WORTH, TX – Nov. 21, 2022) – Trinity Metro is excited to announce that ZIPZONE will be operating on weekends in all zones between Thanksgiving and Christmas (Nov. 26-Dec. 18). The expanded hours are designed to provide riders with affordable, flexible travel during the holiday season to get where they need to go — whether that be for gift shopping, seeing friends and family, heading to a party car-free, or taking on extra shifts at work.

Mercantile, South Tarrant and Southeast ZIPZONEs will operate the same schedule on weekends as they use on weekdays. Alliance and Southside already operate during weekends, so those schedules will remain unchanged.

ZIPZONE saw the highest ridership of all time in October with more than 9,000 rides, which follows expanded service coverage in the Southeast and Southside ZIPZONEs.

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, providing passenger trips on buses, TEXRail, ACCESS paratransit, ZIPZONEs, Fort Worth Bike Sharing, vanpools and 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.

 

TEXRail offers $5 long-term parking

Beginning Monday, Aug. 15, riders will have another advantage to choosing Trinity Metro TEXRail to the airport. Five of the TEXRail stations – three in Fort Worth and two in North Richland Hills – will have designated parking for only $5 a day.

“This is great news for travelers,” said Chris Nettles, Trinity Metro Board Member and Fort Worth City Councilmember. “Long-term parking is something riders have been wanting, and I am so happy to see Trinity Metro making it happen.”

Tito Rodriguez, Trinity Metro Vice Chair and North Richland Hills City Council Member, said, “We anticipate this will bring more ridership to the already popular TEXRail. People who currently ride will love this new option, and others who haven’t tried it may do so now that we’re offering economical parking.”

Stations in Fort Worth with long-term parking are Fort Worth T&P Station, North Side Station and Mercantile Center Station. In addition, North Richland Hills/Iron Horse Station and North Richland Hills/Smithfield Station will offer long-term parking. On average, each of the five stations will have 20 designated spots for long-term parking.

Customers will be able to make reservations and make payments on the Ace Parking app for Apple or GooglePlay.

 

 

Heat restrictions for trains expected this afternoon

With a forecasted high temperature of 110 degrees and an excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service, the hot weather could have an impact on Trinity Metro rail services this afternoon. The most likely scenario would be heat restrictions on speed, which means that TEXRail and Trinity Railway Express would operate at reduced speeds, which will likely generate schedule delays. The anticipated timeframe is 2-7 p.m. today. Similar conditions are expected tomorrow as well.

Bus route service changes begin April 17

(FORT WORTH, TX – April 1, 2022) – In September 2021, Trinity Metro launched A Better Connection – a redesigned bus network to provide an improved system for customers. After reviewing travel patterns and incorporating customer feedback, the agency is implementing several system adjustments on April 17 for better service and efficiency.

Service change highlights

  • Route 4 East Rosedale – To reduce traffic congestion for vehicles going to the garage, the direction of the bus route for the loop around Cook Children’s Hospital will be reversed. The bus stop will be placed on West Terrell Avenue west of 7th Avenue.
  • Route 11 North Beach/Mercantile Center – Last two trips on weekdays and Saturdays and the last trip on Sundays will be adjusted by 5 minutes to meet the last two line-ups at Fort Worth Central Station.
  • Route 16 Alliance Town Center/Mercantile Center Station – Route 16 is interlined with Route 11. The last two trips on weekdays and Saturdays and the last trip on Sundays will be adjusted by 5 minutes so that Route 11 can meet the last two line-ups at Fort Worth Central Station.
  • Route 25 Miller/E. Seminary – On weekdays, one additional morning trip leaving Dr. Dennis Dunkins Transfer Center at 4:50 a.m. to help customers connect with Route 1 and Trinity Railway Express (TRE). In addition, adding one trip in the evening leaving Dr. Dennis Dunkins Transfer Center at 10:50 p.m. Route 25 will also be adjusted going west on Mansfield Highway to cover the Bread Basket Ministries and south on Campus Drive to cover Goodwill Industries North Central Texas.
  • Route 51 Bryant Irvin – Adjust the time at Bryant Irvin and Camp Bowie and Ridgmar Mall timepoints by a minute so that it can connect with Route 2 and Route 91 Normandale/North Side Station.
  • Route 53 University – The cars are parked on Sondra Drive between Blanch Circle and Bailey Avenue making the bus stops inaccessible, so the northbound route will be adjusted going south on University Drive from White Settlement Road and west on Sondra Drive to access the bus stop at Sondra and Blanch.
  • Route 61 Normandale Xpress – After dropping and picking up passengers at Fort Worth Central Station, Route 61 will be altered to go north on Jones Street, west on 6th Street, and south on Houston Street to access the bus stops at Houston/6th and Houston/11th.
  • Route 65 South Park & Ride Xpress – After dropping and picking up passengers at Fort Worth Central Station, Route 65 will be altered to go north on Jones Street, west on 6th Street, and south on Houston Street to access the bus stops at Houston/6th and Houston/11th.
  • Route 89 SPUR/East Lancaster – On weekdays, one westbound trip will be added in the morning leaving Handley Transfer Center at 4:40 a.m. to meet the 5:15 a.m. line-up at Fort Worth Central Station. Also, the next westbound trip in the morning will be adjusted by a minute leaving Handley Transfer Center at 5:15 a.m. to meet the TRE arriving at Fort Worth Central station at 5:55 am. The timepoint for the two eastbound morning trips from Dr. Dennis Dunkins Transfer Center on weekdays are adjusted by two minutes to meet with inbound Route 21.
  • Route 91 Normandale/North Side Station – To provide service along South Normandale Street neighborhood, the eastbound Route 91 will be adjusted going south on West Normandale Street, east on South Normandale Street and south on Portales Drive. In addition, the eastbound Route 91 timepoints will be adjusted to meet with Route 51 Bryant Irvin at Ridgmar Mall.

For questions about your route, call a customer care representative at 817-215-8600.

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, providing passenger trips on buses, TEXRail, ACCESS paratransit, ZIPZONEs, Fort Worth Bike Sharing, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Dash to Dickies for hoops

(FORT WORTH, TX – March 15, 2022) – College basketball fans heading to Dickies Arena can hop on Trinity Metro’s The Dash for an easy ride to the games. With convenient daily service, the route helps riders travel to the arena without worry about paying for parking when they arrive.

The Dash, the all battery-electric bus route, runs between downtown Fort Worth and Dickies Arena, with late-night service on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $2 each way or $5 for an all-day ticket. The $5 ticket includes all of Trinity Metro’s buses, the full TEXRail route, and Trinity Railway Express between Fort Worth T&P Station and the CentrePort Station.

The NCAA tournament runs in Fort Worth March 17 and March 19. Some of Thursday’s teams include Baylor, Kansas, North Carolina and San Diego State.

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, providing passenger trips on buses, TEXRail, ACCESS paratransit, ZIPZONEs, Fort Worth Bike Sharing, 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.

Dash to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

(FORT WORTH, TX – Jan. 14, 2022) – Going to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo? Trinity Metro’s The Dash is a great new transportation option to Dickies Arena.

The Dash, the all battery-electric bus route, runs between downtown Fort Worth and Dickies Arena, with late-night service on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $2 each way or $5 for an all-day ticket. The $5 ticket includes all of Trinity Metro’s buses, the full TEXRail route, and Trinity Railway Express between Fort Worth T&P Station and the CentrePort Station.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo runs Jan. 14-Feb. 5.

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, providing passenger trips on buses, TEXRail, ACCESS paratransit, ZIPZONEs, 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.

 

 

Promotional fares extended through Dec. 31

(FORT WORTH, TX – Oct. 26, 2021) – After a successful launch of A Better Connection and reported ridership increases, the Trinity Metro Board of Directors has approved an extension of promotional fares through the end of the year. 

Through Dec. 31, fares will be $1 for one-way bus rides (regular and express routes), $2 for one-way ACCESS rides, and half-price for multi-ride tickets.

TEXRail, ZIPZONE and TRE tickets will not be discounted for one-way rides.

Multi-ride ticket pricing will be $2.50 for one day, $1.25 for one-day reduced, $12.50 for seven day, $6.25 for seven-day reduced, $40 for 30 day, and $20 for 30-day reduced.

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, providing passenger trips on buses, TEXRail, ACCESS paratransit, ZIPZONEs, 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.

Bus bridge planned for TRE on Feb. 6

Medical/Market Center construction will impact Trinity Railway Express (TRE) passengers on Saturday, Feb. 6.

DART shuttle buses will replace TRE trains between Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing, Medical/Market Center, Victory and EBJ/Union stations on Saturday, February 6, 2021.

TRE is making track improvements in the area, and TxDOT is widening Medical District Drive from four to six lanes.

MEDICAL/MARKET CENTER STATION PASSENGERS:

Please be advised that the platform and crosswalk will not be accessible to passengers. Look for the DART bus shuttle at the red “Rail Disruption” sign to continue your trip. A temporary stop will be placed opposite this stop for westbound passengers. Medical District Drive will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic this day.

Passengers should allow for additional time beyond their normal commute if utilizing these stations. Please arrive at the affected stations 25-30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure times to board buses that will take passengers between stations.

For additional information, visit TrinityRailwayExpress.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Free rides for voting

(FORT WORTH, TX – Feb. 12, 2020) – When early voting starts on Feb. 18, Tarrant County voters will be able to catch free rides to the polls on six transit options.

The Tarrant County Commissioners Court approved a partnership with four transportation services in Tarrant County to pay for customer trips to voting locations for the entire early voting period (Feb. 18-28) and Election Day on March 3.

The Commissioners Court approved the plan, which is not to exceed $20,000, on Jan. 28.

Last month, the Commissioners Court also approved early voting locations at nine college campus sites. The Texas Secretary of State also signed off on countywide vote centers, meaning Tarrant County voters can go to any polling place on Election Day.

“With vote centers, early voting sites on college campuses and free rides to the polls, Tarrant County is giving voters every opportunity to participate in the upcoming March 3 primaries,” said Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley. “We

 are including 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.”

Tiffany Moore-Turner, general manager at Trinity Metro, said this partnership encourages voter participation. “Providing free transportation is an excellent way to help voters get to the polls. We appreciate the Tarrant County Commissioners Court for funding this initiative.”

For Trinity Metro buses, passengers should show a voter registration card or driver’s license to the bus operator.

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

To use Via’s on-demand service in Arlington to vote, riders simply download Via’s app, enter the address of a Vote Center within Via’s service area along with promo code ARLINGTONVOTE, 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.