Near Southside ZIPZONE starts July 19

FORT WORTH, TX – July 13, 2020) – Trinity Metro is bringing a new on-demand transportation option to the Near Southside.

Starting July 19, the Near Southside ZIPZONE will serve the region that encompasses Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center, Cook Children’s Medical Center, John Peter Smith Hospital, Texas Heath Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, Medical City Fort Worth, Moncrief Cancer Institute, and UT Southwestern Monty and Tex Moncrief Medical Center at Fort Worth. The zone will also include many restaurants and businesses on Magnolia Avenue.

To give everyone a chance to try the service, fares will be complimentary through Aug. 31, 2020.

“This service is going to provide a new choice for the 40,000 employees who travel to the Near Southside for work,” Trinity Metro CEO and President Bob Baulsir said. “We partnered with the City of Fort Worth on this important transit initiative to provide a daily on-demand option.”

Wayne Gensler, vice president and chief operating officer of bus and paratransit, said, “The Near Southside ZIPZONE will offer significant benefits for employees, patients and visitors. Not only will it serve as a first-mile/last-mile connection to buses and trains, but it will also significantly enhance access for commuting into and around Fort Worth’s Medical District and the Near Southside.” 

The ZIPZONE, which is provided through a contract with Via, will utilize black Toyota Siennas for the shared rides from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. ZIPZONE will connect with Trinity Metro TEXRail and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) at the Fort Worth T&P Station and to bus routes 1 South Hemphill, 4 East Rosedale, 5a Evans Ave., 5b Glen Garden/Wichita, 6 8th Ave./McCart/Hulen Mall, 9 Ramey/Vickery and 14 Sylvania/NE 28th.

“We anticipate that ZIPZONE will be a popular choice in this area, especially for daily commuters,” Gensler said. “One of the unique aspects of this service is that anyone within the service area has the option to use it for going to lunch or running an errand. The time saved by not having to find parking should encourage people to give it a try.”

How it works

  • Download the Trinity Metro ZIPZONE app.
  • Use the app to order a ride.
  • View interactive map of service area at RIDETRINITYMETRO.org/ZIPZONE.

About ZIPZONE services

The Near Southside ZIPZONE is the fourth on-demand service provided by Trinity Metro. In June, the Crowley ZIPZONE was launched to help residents get to destinations within the city and also to connect with all of Trinity Metro’s other services throughout Tarrant County. In 2019, the Mercantile ZIPZONE was started to connect bus and TEXRail riders in the area near Mercantile Center Station. The Alliance ZIPZONE began in early 2019 to help connect bus passengers with jobs in the area. The on-demand service is an innovative solution that complements Trinity Metro’s other public transportation options.

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.

How to Adopt a Stop

Being outside and getting some fresh air are great ways to enjoy the summer. If you’re looking for an easy way to be outdoors and volunteer in your community, consider “adopting” a bus stop. Volunteers help keep Fort Worth clean and beautiful while enhancing the public transit experience.

Trinity Metro’s Adopt a Stop program encourages volunteers to select a stop to clean and maintain by removing any trash and trimming grass or weeds around the stop. Prospective volunteers fill out an application. After processing Trinity Metro will provide a starter kit that includes safety vests, trash bags and gloves. Volunteers will also have their name posted on a sign at their stop, plus a welcome kit and a shout out on social media.

For more information, call 817-215-8600 or email adoptastop@ridetm.org.

Passenger alert: Temporary phone line established for July 1

 PASSENGER ALERT  

Due to a technical issue we experienced this morning, all of our phone lines are down including our customer service line and ACCESS booking system. We have set up a new phone for passengers to use until our system is back up. You can reach us at 817-492-6733. If you have an ACCESS trip scheduled for today or if you need to schedule a trip, please call that number or send us a private message via Facebook with the following information:

– Name and service ID number.
– Description and address of the point of origin of the trip. (e.g. building number, gate code, etc. ))
– Time when you must reach your destination. (Appointment time)
– Description and address of destination point (e.g. doctor’s office and building name, store name, complex number, gate code. ))
– Time to return your trip.
– Type assist device (e.g. wheelchair, walking stick, service animal)
– Number of escorts or care staff that will accompany you.

Tarrant County face mask ordinance

Tarrant County face mask ordinance from 6 p.m. June 26 through August 3 issued amid rise in COVID-19 cases.

Trinity Metro’s response

The safety of our employees, customers and community is top priority. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, precautions have been implemented to safeguard the health of everyone. This includes enhanced cleaning protocols encompassing increased frequency of disinfecting high-touch areas on vehicles and across facilities, reducing vehicle capacity to promote social distancing, and by installing transparent barriers on board fixed route vehicles to separate bus operators from customers who are boarding and paying fares. Trinity Metro will require all employees and customers to wear face masks, covering their nose and mouth, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, June 26.

Trinity Metro’s Health and Safety Policy

  • All employees must wear a face mask, either cloth or disposable, at all times while on company property or in a company vehicle when more than one person is either in the same room or in the same vehicle.
  • All employees must wear a face mask when in a facility’s common areas such as hallways and break rooms where it may be possible to encounter others.
  • Failure to comply with this policy by Trinity Metro employees will lead to disciplinary action.
  • All Trinity Metro customers must also comply by wearing face masks when traveling on board vehicles including fixed route buses, Trinity Metro TEXRail, Trinity Metro ACCESS, Trinity Metro ZIPZONE, and while on Trinity Metro property.
  • Failure to comply with this policy by Trinity Metro customers will lead to refusal of services and/or communication with security or law enforcement officers.
  • For both employees and customers the requirement of a face covering does not apply if covering the nose and mouth poses a significant mental or physical health risk to the individual.
  • The requirement of a face covering also does not apply when an individual is consuming a food or beverage or receiving a service where the wearing of a mask would impair the performance on the service.
  • Trinity Metro employees and customers should also continue to practice social distancing.
    • Employees should not work within six (6) feet of one another, except to the extent necessary to provide services.
    • Customers should maintain six (6) feet of separation from other individuals outside their household. This includes while on Trinity Metro property or on board Trinity Metro vehicles.  

Availability of face masks

Trinity Metro customers in need of face masks should see the customer care representatives at the ticket sales kiosk at Fort Worth Central Station. Trinity Metro ENVOY and operations staff will also be available throughout the system for those in need of face masks.

Service schedule for July 4

Trinity Metro will operate on a different schedule on Saturday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. For more information, call customer service at 817-215-8600.

Sound the Horn event on Thursday

(FORT WORTH, TX – June 17, 2020) – North Texas public transportation agencies are joining their colleagues across the country in a coordinated day of action to salute frontline transit heroes.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, June 18, bus operators, train engineers and paratransit drivers from Trinity Metro, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will sound their horns twice to honor our heroic transportation workers.

The act of solidarity is a symbolic way to pay tribute to those who continue providing service so that first responders and other essential workers can get to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Every day, frontline transportation workers provide essential services, making it possible for people to access health care, pharmacies, grocery stores and other critical needs.

 

Trinity Metro resumes regular service on some routes

(FORT WORTH, TX – June 16, 2020) – On June 21, Trinity Metro will resume regular service on most bus routes and Trinity Metro TEXRail after operating on a modified schedule since March.

Schedules were altered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As Texas continues reopening, Trinity Metro is aligning service to meet passenger needs.

“Much of Fort Worth is resuming normal activities, so it makes sense to have our bus routes and TEXRail reflect that trend,” said Bob Baulsir, CEO and president of Trinity Metro. “In areas like downtown Fort Worth and the TCC campuses, everyone is not back to work yet, so we will hold off on reinstating some of the routes until they are needed.”

The following routes will not resume on June 21: Molly the Trolley, Burnett Plaza Lunch Line, Juror Shuttle, Route 23 TCC Northeast Campus/TRE, Route 60X Eastside Xpress, Route 61X Normandale Xpress, 111 Bell Shuttle and Route 67X TCC Southeast Campus Xpress.

In addition, Route 44 Central/Azle Ave. and Route 45 TCC Northwest Campus/Angle Ave. will be reduced to operate every 60 minutes. The frequency for Route 15 Stockyards/North Main will be reduced to every 30 minutes.

For a full list of bus route schedules, visit Trinity Metro’s website.

Trinity Railway Express, which is jointly owned and operated by Trinity Metro and DART, will remain on its modified schedule.

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, 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 awarded $600,000 grant from FTA

(FORT WORTH, TX – June 11, 2020) – The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced that it has awarded $600,000 to Trinity Metro to support a comprehensive planning project to improve access to public transportation. The funds are from FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning, which assists communities that are developing new or expanded mass transit systems, such as bus rapid transit. The planning grant is part of a partnership project with the City of Fort Worth to develop TOD along East Lancaster Avenue.

“We are excited about this opportunity to work with the city on another important transit initiative,” said Bob Baulsir, CEO and president of Trinity Metro. “We appreciate the FTA’s funding for this project.”

In 2019, the City of Fort Worth initiated a study, Transit Moves Fort Worth, to increase public transit’s role in the overall transportation system. The study identified some key corridors and recommended high-capacity transit on those corridors. East Lancaster Avenue is the highest ridership corridor in the Trinity Metro network, making East Lancaster the most suitable route for implementing high capacity transit like Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or rapid transit.

Trinity Metro and the City of Fort Worth partnered on the grant application to conduct a comprehensive analysis of economic development opportunity, transit-supportive land use and infrastructure improvements to enhance ridership through the development of a comprehensive TOD plan for the East Lancaster Avenue corridor. The East Lancaster BRT project is expected to enter Small Starts in the near future.

“We are proud to support our local partners as they plan for transit-oriented development that better connects residents to jobs, education and services,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. “This funding will help improve the quality of life of riders in communities across America.”

The Pilot Program for TOD Planning funds comprehensive planning projects near public transportation that improve access, encourage ridership and spur economic and mixed-use development. Planning projects were selected for funding based on criteria described in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

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, 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’s equality statement

It is particularly sad to be faced with the recognition of injustice in the needless killing of George Floyd. We stand with our employees, our riders, our partners, and the communities they support, in their efforts to create a more equitable and inclusive society. Addressing the need for change where we live and work requires more than a statement like this or one-time action; it demands ongoing commitment. Trinity Metro is committed to continue to be a positive part of such change. We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy, and never turn our backs to such injustices as we have experienced. We do not claim to be perfect as an organization or as individuals; we can all be better, and we can all do more. Trinity Metro has long recognized the value of everyone we serve, and we look forward to helping, where we can, to move our community forward to more just and equitable times ahead. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Employees showcase their PPE

Trinity Metro recently had an employee contest for frontline employees to share their PPE looks. From customer care representatives to operators to  maintenance, employees starting snapping selfies to capture their PPE in their work locations. Three members of the paratransit team, who dubbed themselves as the “ACCESS Angels” teamed up for a throwback look.

 

Ashley Terrell
Dave & Jose
George Miles
Thomas Mullins
Karla Perez
Shemonica
ACCESS Angels