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Streamlined fare options

(FORT WORTH, TX – Jan. 11, 2021) – Trinity Metro has implemented two new fare options to make it easier to ride ZIPZONE, the agency’s on-demand rideshare service.

As of Sunday, ZIPZONE fares are included in the local daily, weekly, monthly and annual tickets. Anyone who has purchased one of these tickets can ride ZIPZONE for free, including transfers to and from Trinity Metro bus routes, TEXRail and Trinity Railway Express in Tarrant County. This offer does not apply to regional tickets.

Passengers can take advantage of this offer on ZIPZONE services in Near Southside, Mercantile and Crowley.

Another new option for ZIPZONE riders is the “plus 1” concept that allows a ZIPZONE rider to bring along a friend for $1.50 each way. This fare structure only applies to ZIPZONE services.

In addition, minor service modifications have been made to Route 7 University, Route 30 CentrePort Circulator and Route 111 Bell.

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.

 

 

 

In Memory of Dennis Dunkins

With great sadness, Trinity Metro delivers the heartbreaking news of the death of our former Board Member, community leader and friend, Dr. Dennis Dunkins. On behalf of all of Trinity Metro, we send our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy to his family.

Dr. Dunkins served on the Trinity Metro Board of Directors for many years representing city council district 5. He was appointed on Feb. 6, 2013 and remained on the board through September 2020. His service to Trinity Metro included participation on the Commuter Rail Committee from 2014-2020 during which he led the committee as the chairman in 2017. He was also the Board of Directors Secretary from 2017-2019, served as the ACCESS Committee Chair and had been active on the Scholarship Committee, TRE Advisory Committee, Rail Working Group, and the Planning, Operations and Marketing Committee.

Dr. Dunkins will be deeply missed. During his time on the Board, Trinity Metro saw tremendous growth and change including a major commuter rail project with the construction and opening of TEXRail in January 2019. He was instrumental in the development of fixed bus route 28/Mansfield Hwy and he proudly promoted Trinity Railway Express (TRE). His love for transit was contagious and he was passionate about the quality of Trinity Metro’s services, continually advocating for positive customer experiences. He loved riding trains, particularly TRE and truly did use public transportation in his day-to-day life. He always had a smile for everyone and was highly regarded by those who had the opportunity to meet him.

This is truly a great loss to Trinity Metro and the surrounding community as a whole. He will be profoundly missed by everyone whose lives he touched.

TEXRail earns PTC System Certification

(FORT WORTH, TX – Dec. 28, 2020) – Trinity Metro TEXRail has received certification for Positive Train Control (PTC) from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

PTC is designed to stop a train before an accident occurs. Specific preventions include incidents created by human error, such as train-to-train collisions, derailments that occur from excessive speed or a train moving through a track switch that was left in the wrong position.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment,” said President and CEO Bob Baulsir. “FRA has very high standards and we are pleased to have achieved certification for this safety enhancement.”

The primary steps achieved this year include conducting extensive testing, known as revenue service demonstration, submitting a safety plan to FRA and achieving interoperability between host and tenant railroads. The FRA granted conditional approval last week to the safety plan and conditional certification of interoperability. Based on FRA standards, conditional certification meets the statutory certification requirement.

Reed Lanham, deputy chief operating officer for rail, oversaw the PTC implementations throughout the process. “We worked diligently to make sure we met all of the milestones, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. We had a small team focused on this effort, so it was possible to maintain a consistent working relationship and keep moving forward.”

Jon-Erik “AJ” Arjanen, vice president and chief operating officer for rail, praised the teamwork displayed throughout the PTC process. “I am extremely proud of Reed Lanham and his team for the resiliency and passion for excellence that they displayed to ensure that our rail system is world-class in safety.”

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.

#SavePublicTransit event Dec. 15

Trinity Metro joins public transit systems around the country in urging Congress to #SavePublicTransit

APTA-organized day of action and engagement will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 15

(FORT WORTH, TX – Dec. 14, 2020) – Trinity Metro is joining fellow APTA members and industry partners on Tuesday, Dec. 15, to collectively fight to #SavePublicTransit with a day of mobilization and engagement.

Organized by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), #SavePublicTransit Day will shine the light on the dire financial crisis facing the public transportation industry and urge elected officials to take immediate action.

It is critical that Congress move forward and provide emergency funding for public transit in the lame duck session before Congress recesses for the holiday. The industry is calling on Congress and the Administration to provide at least $32 billion in emergency funding to ensure that public transit agencies can survive and help our communities and nation recover from the economic fallout of the pandemic.

“Immediate action needs to be taken to address the public transportation industry’s dire financial situation so that we can continue to serve essential employees every day and can help with the nation’s economic recovery,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. “The industry’s very survival is at stake.”

Holiday service schedules

Trinity Metro services will operate on a modified service schedule on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. TEXRail and The Dash will operate on regular schedules.

Nearly 6,000 voters rode to the polls for free

(Nov. 17, 2020) – In a year of record voter turnout, there were more than 5,800 trips to the polls under a program funded by Tarrant County.

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

A total of 5,562 trips were on Trinity Metro’s bus routes, plus another 24 on the agency’s ACCESS paratransit and ZIPZONE, Arlington’s Via and Handitran had a total of 182 trips, Northeast Transportation Services (NETS), had 56 trips and Tarrant County Transportation Services (TCTS) had 16.

“We wanted to do everything we could to encourage Tarrant County residents to get out and vote,” said Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley. “I am pleased to see that so many people took advantage of Tarrant County’s offer of a free ride to the polls.”

Bob Baulsir, president and CEO of Trinity Metro, applauded the partnership for the successful program.

“Voting is such an important right, and we really appreciate the Tarrant County Commissioners for providing the funding for these free rides.”

Thanksgiving holiday service

Trinity Metro will be operating some services on their usual schedules and others on limited operations during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Next steps for A Better Connection

(FORT WORTH, TX – Nov. 11, 2020) – As Trinity Metro continues working toward redesigning its bus network to create A Better Connection (ABC), the agency is hosting a series of public meetings to keep everyone updated and to generate more input. Trinity Metro is now considering three options for redesigning the bus network without increasing the agency’s operating budget.

“We’re asking the public to help us weigh the options,” said President & CEO Bob Baulsir. “We can simplify the bus system and serve some new areas or we could increase frequency to more of the network. Another choice is to add more on-demand service instead of hourly routes.”

Board Chairman Jeff Davis said, “Now is the time to take a thoughtful look at how we want our transportation services to better serve the community.”

The meetings will be held via Facebook Live and continue through Dec. 9.

Facebook Live sessions

6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11

11 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 (Spanish)

12-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18

6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2

12-1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9

ABC key elements

The bus system redesign is intended to make substantial improvements by reviewing the entire network and focusing on five key trade-offs. Through the earlier rounds of research and feedback, Trinity Metro has created three options for the redesign:

  • System Simplification – consistent, all-day service on straighter and simpler routes with some new service areas.
  • Walk More, Wait Less – increased frequency to more of the network.
  • More ZIPZONEs – more on-demand ZIPZONE options instead of hourly neighborhood routes.

Visit the Trinity Metro website for more details about ABC.

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.