Texas is one of the fastest growing states in the country, and Fort Worth and Tarrant County are among the fastest growing places in Texas.

As our area has grown, Trinity Metro has been working to improve transit, and recent improvements have included the downtown Fort Worth Intermodal Transit Center (ITC), TRE commuter rail service between Fort Worth and Dallas, the Spur* premium bus service, and expanded bus service.

The next big improvement will be new TexRail service between Fort Worth and DFW.

Still, growth in the county has outpaced these improvements. Great cities and urban areas have great transit systems, and Trinity Metro Master Plan is our community’s vision for transit. Trinity Metro Master Plan was designed to determine what we need to provide truly great transit to the county’s residents over the next 20 years, with a particular focus on what can be accomplished over the next five years. We looked at the transit service we have today, identified the opportunities to expand transit service to meet the growing needs of the region, and determined what is necessary to make it all happen. Ultimately, the plan now provides a blueprint for transit projects and policies that will make our growing region a better place to live and do business.

What types of improvements could be made?

One of the first tasks of the study was to identify new opportunities. Examples of the types of improvements that could be made include:

  • A more robust system with more frequent service that operates for more hours
  • The expansion of service to new areas
  • New rail services
  • The development of Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, in major corridors
  • New Spur* services
  • Transit Emphasis Corridors that would provide very frequent service between major activity centers
  • Simpler, straighter, faster service
  • The consolidation of stops to make service faster
  • The development of outlying transit centers as focal points for outer area services.
  • New crosstown services
  • Rebranding some services to improve legibility
  • Better service coordination
  • Expanded park-and-ride opportunities
  • Better matching service levels with demand
  • New “Flex” services in lower demand areas

Project Team

North Central Texas Council of Governments

Project Management; Project Advisory Committee; Technical Committee

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is a voluntary association of, by, and for local governments, and was established to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG’s purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and make joint decisions.

NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered around the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. NCTCOG has over 230 member governments including 16 counties, numerous cities, school districts, and special districts.

North Central Texas Council of Governments

Project Advisory Committee; Technical Committee

Trinity Metro is a regional transportation authority of the State of Texas. It provides public transportation to meet the mobility needs in Tarrant County and make connections within the North Central Texas region. Trinity Metro annually provides nearly 10 million passenger trips annually on buses, vanpools, and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), which it jointly owns and operates with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).

Trinity Metro is also developing TEX Rail, a new commuter railroad from downtown Fort Worth to DFW Airport, scheduled to begin operation in 2018. Trinity Metro is governed by a nine-member board of directors, which consists of eight Fort Worth City Council appointments and one Tarrant County Commissioners Court appointment.

North Central Texas Council of Governments

Project Management

Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc., the primary consultant for this effort, is an internationally recognized firm committed to developing transportation systems that promote vibrant, sustainable, and accessible communities. Founded in San Francisco in 1987, Nelson\Nygaard has grown from its roots in transit planning to a 120-person, full-service transportation consulting firm with offices across the United States.

In keeping with the values set by our founders, Nelson\Nygaard puts people first. We recognize that transportation is not an end in itself but a platform for achieving broader community goals of mobility, equity, economic development, and healthy living. Our hands-on, national experience informs but doesn’t dictate local solutions. Built on consensus and a multimodal approach, our plans are renowned as practical and implementable.