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ZIPZONE weekend hours return this holiday season

(FORT WORTH, TX – Nov. 21, 2023) – We are excited to announce that ZIPZONE will be operating on weekends in all zones between Nov. 25 and Dec. 17. 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.


TEXRail service disruption, Nov. 14

(FORT WORTH, TEXAS) Oct. 27, 2023 – TEXRail will not operate on Tuesday, Nov. 14, so that crews can perform maintenance along the corridor between Fort Worth and DFW Airport. Trains will cease operations at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, with plans to resume operations at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15.

If all work is not finished on Nov. 14, TEXRail will resume partial service on Nov. 15 by running trains on the completed portion of the route and connecting with a bus to run the full length of the line.

While TEXRail is not operating, airport travelers may ride TRE Link from DFW Airport to CentrePort Station, where they can connect to Trinity Railway Express for service to Hurst, Richland Hills and Fort Worth.

If you have no other means of transportation to essential employment during this time, please call customer care at 817-215-8600 by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. Representatives will be able to help you with travel arrangements.

Forest Hill joining Southeast ZIPZONE Nov. 1

Trinity Metro’s Southeast ZIPZONE is expanding to include the City of Forest Hill, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 1. The popular on-demand rideshare service will now provide a public transportation option to the city, which includes the 76119 and 76140 ZIP codes.

The expansion provides Forest Hill residents with opportunity to connect with two Tarrant County College campuses and the Sierra Vista Transfer Center, which offers connections to other Trinity Metro services. Other points of interest in the Southeast ZIPZONE include Fort Worth VA Clinic, Resource Connection and Walmart Supercenter.

Timing for the expanded service couldn’t be better for new riders because all rides are free in November while Trinity Metro is celebrating 40 years of serving the community.

APTA Hall of Fame inductees

Two former Trinity Metro leaders were inducted into the American Public Transportation Association Hall of Fame during this week’s APTA EXPO in Orlando. Congratulations to Paul J Ballard and John P. Bartosiewicz for being honored among the best leaders in the North American transit industry. Their fall induction coincides with another celebration: Trinity Metro’s 40th anniversary of serving the community.

Paul Ballard was president and chief executive officer when Trinity Metro TEXRail launched commuter rail service between downtown Fort Worth and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Trinity Metro President & CEO Richard Andreski presented the award to Paul Ballard.

John Bartosiewicz was president and executive director when Trinity Railway Express and the downtown Fort Worth station and transit hub were built. The meeting room inside the station was named in his honor: John B. Community Room.

Celebrating our 40th anniversary!

(FORT WORTH, TEXAS) Oct. 9, 2023 – To celebrate its 40 years of serving the community, Trinity Metro is offering free rides for all passengers traveling in Tarrant County for the month of November. That includes all buses, TEXRail, ZIPZONE on-demand rideshare services and ACCESS paratransit. Plus, passengers will enjoy free rides in the west zone (between Fort Worth T&P Station and CentrePort Station) of Trinity Railway Express.

“Trinity Metro has been an integral part of the community for 40 years,” said President & CEO Richard Andreski. “We want to celebrate our 40th anniversary by offering free trips throughout November as way to thank our loyal riders – and to invite new riders to try our transit network.”

Trinity Metro began operating on Nov. 8, 1983, as the Fort Worth Transportation Authority. Much has changed over the years as our range of services and our community have grown and developed.

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.


Trinity Metro rolls out Community Partners Program

(FORT WORTH, TEXAS) Oct. 2, 2023 – Trinity Metro is rolling out a new way to partner with not-for-profit organizations to help them promote the important work they perform in our community. A different one will be featured each quarter, and there is no cost to apply for the program.

The Community Partners Program offers agencies the opportunity to be featured on the exterior of Trinity Metro’s Community Bus.

Qualified organizations may apply online for the chance to partner with Trinity Metro on this initiative.

“We are excited about this new program and how it will help local non-profits,” said Melissa Chrisman, vice president of marketing and communications. “We are pleased to partner with Adsposure to cover the bus advertising costs so our community partners can be featured all over town.”

What are the benefits for partners?

In addition to seeing their bus design rolling across Fort Worth, agencies will receive many additional benefits, including:

  • Monthly social media posts​;
  • Monthly features in the Make Your Move e-newsletter​;
  • A write-up on the program landing page;​
  • Opportunity for Trinity Metro employees to support one requested volunteer event;​
  • Option for the partner organization to host a Transit 101 and a ride-along with Trinity Metro staff and join Trinity Metro’s EASYRIDE program.

For more information, visit the Community Partners Program on the Trinity Metro website.


Normal operations resumed for TEXRail crossing in NRH

On Saturday evening, Sept. 30, TEXRail experienced an unexpected gate crossing malfunction at Holiday Lane. The train crew immediately reported the crossing malfunction to the dispatcher, who placed a temporary train speed restriction at the crossing and mandated horn blowing per federal regulations.

TEXRail personnel performed diagnostics to evaluate the crossing and monitored the crossing for 24 hours to ensure reliable operations. The temporary speed restriction and horn-blowing requirement was lifted at 6:30 a.m. today (Oct. 2).

TEXRail brief service disruption planned for Monday, Sept. 25

To accommodate scheduled network upgrades, TEXRail will have a brief service disruption in the early hours on Monday, Sept. 25. Regular service will resume at 3:20 a.m. Monday.

Schedule adjustments

  • Train #280, which leaves Fort Worth T&P Station at 12:43 a.m., will terminate at North Side Station.
  • Train #181, which leaves DFW Airport Terminal B Station at 2:10 a.m., will not operate.

Reed Lanham named VP of Rail

Trinity Metro has named Reed Lanham as the agency’s new Vice President of Rail. In this capacity, he will put new programs into place to elevate the quality, reliability and consistency of Trinity Railway Express and TEXRail services.

Lanham, who was selected following a competitive national search, joined Trinity Metro in 2015. He has held a variety of leadership roles in rail, most recently as Deputy Vice President of Rail. During his tenure, Lanham played a key role in the start-up of TEXRail and successfully led Trinity Metro’s implementation of positive train control on both Trinity Railway Express and TEXRail. For the last four years, he has overseen TEXRail operations and he brings 16 years of commuter rail experience to the position.



FTA triennial review of Trinity Metro yields perfect score

(FORT WORTH, TEXAS) Sept. 18, 2023 – The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently completed its triennial review of Trinity Metro – and the results couldn’t be better. The triennial review focused on Trinity Metro’s compliance in 23 areas. No deficiencies were found with the FTA requirements in any of these areas.

“During our review of Fort Worth Transportation Authority [dba Trinity Metro], the FTA transit recipient demonstrated best practices in the following areas: Maintenance, Procurement & Financial Management and Capacity,” said Ketnah Parchment, one of the reviewers. “It was a pleasure working with a team of professionals who implements the FTA CORTAP [Comprehensive Oversight Review and Technical Assistance Program] requirements in an exemplary manner. Congratulations on a review with no findings/deficiencies.”

The months-long process occurs every three years and ensures that transit agencies are adhering to regulations and making any necessary improvements. Positive results are essential because they are tied to future eligibility for federal funding.

“To say I’m elated is an understatement,” said Trinity Metro President & CEO Richard Andreski. “It is uncommon for transit agencies to undergo a federal review without findings. This is a credit to the professional staff at Trinity Metro, who work hard every day to deliver high quality service and meet all of our regulatory obligations. We appreciate the high marks from the Federal Transit Administration and look forward to continuing to deliver results for our customers and stakeholders.”