Rider alert: Memorial Day

Memorial Day is quickly approaching. Be sure to check out the rider alert to see if any of your transit options are impacted.

System redesign public hearing scheduled for Thursday, May 6, 2021

Trinity Metro is hosting a public hearing for A Better Connection, which is the bus system redesign to make connections more efficient for customers. At the public hearing, we will present proposed changes to the Draft Plan based on feedback we have received to date.

 

CLICK HERE FOR PUBLIC MEETING MATERIALS

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE DRAFT PLAN AND PLAN YOUR TRIPS ON THE NEW ROUTES

 

The public comment period has been extended through May 13, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.  

Take TEXRail to free FWO performance in Grapevine

(FORT WORTH, TX – April 7, 2021) – Trains, wine and music are converging in Grapevine for a fun spring outing. Trinity Metro and the Fort Worth Opera are teaming up to provide a free springtime performance at 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Grapevine/Main Street Station.

The music, which will be in Peace Circle Plaza, is in conjunction with the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau’s 99th Annual New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail & Blessing of the Vines event. The traditional blessing of wines and grapevines will be at 2 p.m., just prior to the opera performance.

Although the opera performance is free, attendees who choose to attend the New Vintage event will need to purchase tickets, which are $45 in advance of $50 on Saturday. The paid event includes a souvenir wine glass, three wine tastings, one food item and access to art galleries, artist studios and Grapevine’s Public Art Trail.

Visitors who travel via TEXRail will arrive at the destination without worrying about parking at the popular event.  

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, 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.

Community food pantry March 24

Trinity Metro is joining forces with the Tarrant Area Food Bank to help feed those in need. On Wednesday, March 24, volunteers from the Trinity Metro staff and Board of Directors will be at the parking lot near TEXRail’s North Side Station to distribute food to 200 families.

Celebrating Transit Driver Appreciation Day

(FORT WORTH, TX – March 15, 2021) – Trinity Metro is joining public transportation agencies across the country in celebrating Transit Driver Appreciation Day on Thursday, March 18.

“Our drivers are the backbone of our transit agency,” said President and CEO Bob Baulsir. “Transit Driver Appreciation Day is an opportunity to honor our drivers for the exceptional work they do throughout the year. They are the face of Trinity Metro, and we are so proud of how well they represent us in the community.”

For many customers, a bus driver is the only person they will meet from a transit agency.

“Our drivers represent not only a reliable ride. They also represent someone who is a friendly face on a passenger’s regular route. Drivers also provide customer service by answering questions, providing directions and making sure passengers reach their destinations safely.”

At Trinity Metro, bus operators cover 6 million miles over the course of a year. That equates to 408,000 hours behind the wheel. ACCESS paratransit drivers spend 74,000 hours transporting customers across 1.3 million miles in a year.

Bus fun facts

  • Trinity Metro’s fleet has 154 buses.
  • The 48 routes serve many locations, including all Tarrant County College campuses, TCU, Tarrant County courts and the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards.
  • Routes are served by 240 dedicated bus operators, 20 supervisors and 87 bus mechanic personnel.

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, 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.

 

 

ZIPZONE expands to serve TCU, Zoo, West 7th corridor

(FORT WORTH, TX – March 11, 2021) – Trinity Metro is expanding the Southside ZIPZONE to reach the TCU campus, the Fort Worth Zoo and the entertainment district along the West 7th corridor, including Crockett Row and Montgomery Plaza. The expansion goes into effect Sunday, March 14, which will provide a new way for spring breakers to visit the Fort Worth Zoo.

To give everyone the opportunity to explore the new service area, Trinity Metro is offering free rides on the Southside ZIPZONE March 14-31.

Formerly known as the Near Southside ZIPZONE, the service area will continue to include access to the hospitals and facilities within the Medical District and the many popular destinations along Magnolia Avenue, plus grocery stores and other services throughout the Southside.

About ZIPZONE

ZIPZONE is an on-demand rideshare program that provides a convenient public transportation option. Save time and money without worrying about where to park or when the meter will expire. Instead of searching for a parking spot, ZIPZONE riders enjoy the convenience of being dropped off near their destination.

Southside ZIPZONE riders may also connect to TEXRail and Trinity Railway Express at Fort Worth T&P Station or to bus routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5a, 5b, 6, 7, 9, 10, 14, 24 and The Dash.

Hours of operation

Current schedule:

Daily: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

Starting March 21:

Sunday-Wednesday: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

Thursday-Saturday: 6 a.m.-midnight

Fares

Beginning April 1, the cost is $3 per passenger per ride or FREE with any multi-ride Trinity Metro Local Ticket.

New to ZIPZONE? Enter code FTWWEB to receive the first two rides free.

How to use ZIPZONE

  • Download the Trinity Metro ZIPZONE mobile app on your smartphone.
  • Add your payment method.
  • With the app, type in your destination and wait for your ZIPZONE-branded van to pick you up and zip you away.

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, 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.

Trinity Metro offers free rides to Arlington for vaccines

UPDATED March 30, 2021 – The last day for Trinity Metro rides to Arlington for vaccines was Saturday, April 3.

(FORT WORTH, TX – March 5, 2021) – Trinity Metro will provide free rides to Arlington vaccination sites, beginning Monday, March 8. Service will run between Fort Worth Central Station and two locations: Globe Life Field and Esports Stadium Arlington. Passengers will need to show proof of appointment to the driver or conductor to obtain the free ride.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this additional option for residents to receive vaccines,” said President and CEO Bob Baulsir. “Tarrant County has been a great partner in the effort to provide free rides to vaccination sites.”

The hourly service route begins at Fort Worth Central Station (FWCS), where it connects with bus routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 46, 63X/64X, 65X, 66X,, 89, The Dash, and TEXRail and Trinity Railway Express. The route travels to the East Fort Worth Transfer Center (ETC), where it connects with Routes 21, 22, 25, and 89, then to the Esports Stadium and Globe Life Field.

Based on the venues operating 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the first bus would depart at 7:35 a.m. from Fort Worth Central Station, arriving at ETC at 7:45 a.m. and at Esports at 8:15 a.m. The last bus would leave Esports at 5:20 p.m., arriving at ETC at 5:46 p.m. and FWCS at 5:56 p.m. The schedule is optimized to meet routes 21, 22 and 25 at ETC and minimize wait time. The schedule is subject to change, based on the vaccination site schedule that we receive each week.

The City of Arlington and the Arlington Fire Department are administering COVID-19 vaccines at Esports and the Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is administering them at Globe Life Field.

In addition to the Arlington sites, Trinity Metro also serves vaccination sites at Tarrant County Resource Connection, which is served by bus routes 3 and 25; the Hurst Conference Center, which is served by a modified route 23; and the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex (505 W Felix St, Fort Worth, TX 76115), which is served by route 5a.

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, 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.

 

Mask order remains in effect for Trinity Metro

(FORT WORTH, TX – March 3, 2021) – To continue aligning with the federal mask mandate, Trinity Metro will maintain its policy on masks. All agency personnel and customers are required to wear a mask while on any of Trinity Metro’s service vehicles and when they are at any transit center.

“The health and safety of our customers and our employees are very important to us,” President and CEO Bob Baulsir said. “We will continue to comply with federal regulations to help keep everyone protected.”

On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order to lift the mask requirement across the state, effective March 10. Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley announced yesterday that the county’s mask order was lifted immediately.

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, 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.

 

Two ZIPZONE expansions

(FORT WORTH, TX – Feb. 26, 2021) – Beginning Monday, March 1, Trinity Metro is expanding the service area for the Mercantile ZIPZONE to include North Tarrant Parkway to the north and East Long Avenue to the south. The larger service area will provide easy access to popular destinations, including the Walmart Supercenter, Medical City Alliance and Meacham Airport.

On Sunday, Feb. 28, the Alliance ZIPZONE will expand to include Texas Motor Speedway, Kroger, two Walmart Supercenters, Tanger Outlets Fort Worth and Buc-ee’s.

About the Mercantile ZIPZONE

  • The ridesharing on-demand service operates 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays.
  • With any local Trinity Metro ticket, the ZIPZONE ride is included. 
  • If using ZIPZONE alone, the Mercantile ZIPZONE service is $1 or $3 per passenger, depending on location.

How to ride ZIPZONE

  • Download the ZIPZONE app from the app store on a smartphone. Go to the Payment Methods page in the app menu and add payment information to get on the road.
  • Connecting routes in the Mercantile ZIPZONE are bus routes 11, 12, 16 and Trinity Metro TEXRail. When you arrive at your stop, use the ZIPZONE app to order a ride to your destination.
  • Haven’t tried ZIPZONE yet? Enter code FTWWEB to receive the first two rides for free.
  • For riders who do not show up OR cancel after requesting a ride via the app, an automatic charge of 50 percent will be assessed.

Using the Alliance ZIPZONE

  • Download the Lyft mobile app downloaded on a smartphone.
  • Ride the bus and keep track of your paper pass, ID badge and/or your fare activated in the GoPass app.
  • Connecting routes in the Alliance ZIPZONE are bus routes 16 and 63/64.
  • When you get off at your stop within the Alliance ZIPZONE boundaries, use the Lyft app for a ride to your employer.
  • Use Promotional code “ALLIANCEZONE“.
  • Then look for your Lyft driver and ZIP to work.
  • This ZIPZONE operates 4:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. weekdays and 5:30-7:30 a.m. and 4-7:30 p.m. weekends.

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, 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.

 

Free rides to COVID-19 vaccination sites

UPDATED April 9, 2021

Beginning Monday, April 12, four additional JPS sites, which are accessible by Trinity Metro routes, will be added for vaccinations.

JPS STOP SIX CLINIC

3301 Stalcup; Fort Worth, TX 76119

Route 4

JPS FAMILY HEALTH CENTER

1500 South Main Street, 4th Floor; Fort Worth, TX 76104

Routes 4 and 5a&b; ZIPZONE

JPS VIOLA PITTS/COMO CLINIC

4701 Bryant Irvin Rd. North; Fort Worth, TX 76107

Routes 27 and 32

 

JPS DIAMOND HILL

3308 Deen Road; Fort Worth, TX 76106

Routes 12 and 91

(FORT WORTH, TX – Feb. 10, 2021) – Trinity Metro and Tarrant County are teaming up to provide free rides to customers who are traveling to COVID-19 vaccination sites, beginning Monday, Feb. 15.

The Tarrant County Commissioners Court approved an agreement to pay up to $50,000 to support the complimentary rides.

“This partnership with Trinity Metro will make it easier for folks to get the vaccine,” said Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley. “Our agreement includes trips on all Trinity Metro services, including those operated by Catholic Charities.”

“We are excited to partner with Tarrant County on this important initiative,” said Trinity Metro President and CEO Bob Baulsir. “We want to do everything we can to provide access for anyone who wants to receive a vaccine.”

The current vaccination sites are the Tarrant County Resource Connection, which is served by bus routes 3 and 25; the Hurst Conference Center, which is served by a modified route 23; and the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex (505 W Felix St, Fort Worth, TX 76115), which is served by route 5a.

Customers may also use ACCESS paratransit to these sites or connect to these bus routes by riding another bus route, TEXRail, Trinity Railway Express (west zone only) or ZIPZONE.   

To obtain a free ride, passengers will need to show the operator or train conductor the appointment text or email from Tarrant County Public Health.

As part of this agreement, riders can also ride for free to vaccination appointments on Tarrant County Transportation Services (TCTS) and Northeast Transportation Services (NETS), both operated by Catholic Charities Fort Worth.