Commuting to Mercantile Center? Zip in with new transit service

Officials inaugurated Trinity Metro’s new service that improves transportation options for employees in the Mercantile area. The Mercantile ZIPZONE service began July 22 and benefits TEXRail and bus commuters who travel to the Mercantile Center Station to connect to their jobs.

After arriving at the station, passengers can use the rideshare option to complete their commute. The last-mile ride will be provided by Via through a contract with Trinity Metro.

FAQs about the new service

Q. How much does it cost to use Trinity Metro ZIPZONE?
A. Rides are free for a limited time. After this period, rides are either $1 or $3, depending on how far in the area you need to travel.

Q. Do I need to use a discount code to request my ride?
A. No, all rides in the Trinity Metro Mercantile ZIPZONE are free for a limited time, no discount code needed.

Q. What are the hours of operation?
A. Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Q. How do I request a ride?
A. Download the Trinity Metro ZIPZONE app on your smartphone and create your account. When you are ready to start your trip, use the app to request a ride. Select your pickup and drop-off points within the Mercantile ZIPZONE boundaries. Walk to your pickup point and wait for the ZIPZONE van.

Q. Which Trinity Metro services connect to the Mercantile ZIPZONE?
A. Bus routes 11, 12, 16 and TEXRail.

Q. What do the ZIPZONE vans look like?
A. The vans are black and have the Trinity Metro ZIPZONE logo on both sides and the back. However, the best way to identify your ride is to look for the license plates displayed on the ZIPZONE app.

Q. Where in the Trinity Metro Mercantile ZIPZONE can I get picked up and dropped off?
A. See the service area map.

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Share your thoughts on transit needs in Fort Worth

The City of Fort Worth is leading a transit project in partnership with Trinity Metro to update the system-wide master plan, taking into account the rapid growth the region is experiencing.

The city and Trinity Metro encourage residents to participate throughout the process by attending public meetings, providing feedback through social media channels and participating in a project survey.

Survey data will be used to develop the Transit Moves Master Plan and to guide transit improvements throughout the city through 2045.

To learn more, view the Transit Moves Fort Worth website.

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Fort Worth to fund transit study

The City Council voted to fund a $450,000 study of Fort Worth’s transit goals and how they align with Trinity Metro’s current master plan. A key objective is to identify priorities for the city to maximize the return on investment while also integrating into regional funding solutions and partnerships across the county.

An additional $550,000 was approved for to-be-determined pilot projects aimed at improving local transit options, particularly focused on solving first- and last-mile challenges of residents and offering options for certain underserved areas.

A technical advisory team will include representatives of the city, Tarrant County, Trinity Metro and community stakeholders. A public involvement plan will target the business community, transit-dependent users, millennials, senior citizens, hospital systems, educational interests and others.

The city contracted with Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates to:

  • Update 2013 data used in the city’s original transit master plan.
  • Help the city develop a vision for transit and transportation investments.
  • Focus on growth and economic development issues.
  • Develop priorities that maximize the return on investment.
  • Provide advice on funding from potential partner cities in Tarrant County as well as the North Central Texas Council of Governments, state and federal sources.
  • Understand emerging technologies and the sharing economy.

Trinity Metro, formerly known as The T, adopted a transit master plan in February 2016, which concluded, among other topics, that the transit system lags regional growth, provides infrequent service and limited hours, with little service available in many areas with significant demand.

The city will work with Trinity Metro to issue a request for proposals for shared-ride mobility for providing first-mile/last-mile pilot initiatives.

Funding for the transit study came from gas well revenues.

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Trinity Metro deploys digital bus stops at six transit centers

Trinity Metro’s Master Plan focuses on improving overall services and the customer experience. One of the steps in implementing the plan was installing Connectpoint digital bus stops at the busiest transit centers.

Solar-powered digital bus stops have been installed at these transit centers:

  • Hulen Mall Transfer Center.
  • La Gran Plaza Transfer Center.
  • Sierra Vista Transfer Center.
  • East Side Transfer Center.
  • North Transfer Center.
  • Ridgmar Mall Transfer Center.

Paul J Ballard, president and chief executive officer at Trinity Metro, said the new signage is an asset for riders. “Digital signage provides the opportunity to make timely changes that impact our customers. Utilizing solar power is an effective option and is in line with our environmentally friendly CNG bus fleet”

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Fort Worth transit agency rolls out new look, new name

If you’re used to thinking of local public transportation as “The T,” think again. The T has a new name and a new look. Now known as Trinity Metro, the agency will be rolling out its new look this spring in advertising, social media and community outreach.

“Locals have known us for 33 years as ‘The T,’ but that name doesn’t fully encompass what we do,” said Trinity Metro CEO/President Paul Ballard. “Our new name and look will provide a fresh, modern approach to represent all of our services, which include the Trinity Railway Express, buses, Molly the Trolley, TEXRail and MITS paratransit. The name also reflects our current and future expansion into other nearby cities.”

The transition comes as Trinity Metro continues to implement its Transit Master Plan, which specifically calls for improved branding.

Scott Mahaffey, Trinity Metro board chair, said the long-anticipated name and logo are coming at the right time.

“Our board and the senior leadership have been working closely together to make major improvements over the last few years,” Mahaffey said. “The timing for this initiative is ideal. We are happy to see it rolled out the same year that we are completing TEXRail.”

Extensive research went into the rebranding and design process — focus groups, surveys and in-person interviews with current riders and non-riders. The rebranding effort was led by J.O. Design, the marketing and design firm for Trinity Metro.

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New Transit Service to Alliance Area Underway, Improving Access to TCC’s Aviation, Transportation & Logistics Programs

New T bus routeThe Fort Worth Transportation Authority launched bus service Sept. 26, opening training opportunities to more residents
 
Tarrant County College’s Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation & Logistics at Alliance Airport is now available to people across the region. In late September, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) began providing bus service to the site, creating access to additional opportunities for residents to prepare for high-demand careers.
 
FWTA launched service to the Alliance area Sept. 26 through an extension of Route 63, which starts in Downtown Fort Worth, and the new Route 64, which provides express service between Denton and Fort Worth. Route 64 will provide arrivals and departures throughout the day and evening, while Route 63 is designed to serve commuters in the morning and afternoon peak travel times.
 
“TCC’s aviation, transportation and logistics programs are now in reach for more people than ever before,” said Michael Lucchesi, Ph.D., director of the Hadley Center of Excellence. “Transit service is a key aspect of making higher education truly accessible, and that’s especially important in these growing career fields. Even among current students, there is a lot of excitement about the chance to use travel time to study or just relax.”
 
TCC began working with FWTA to establish the route when the College acquired the Alliance facility in 2012. Students, faculty and staff provided feedback on transit needs during the development of FWTA’s Transit Master Plan, which will guide service in the coming years.
 
“We gathered public feedback for a year to maximize opportunities for input,” said Shawn M. Donaghy, FWTA chief operating officer. “As we continue implementing the master plan, we pursue opportunities to work with funding partners so that we can serve more people in more places. Providing a new route to Alliance and Denton is a prime example of meeting the needs of our community. This will be a great transportation option for the Hadley Center of Excellence and for the AllianceTexas mixed-use development.”
 
The Hadley Center of Excellence trains students for careers as pilots, aircraft maintenance specialists, dispatchers, distribution managers and more. Employment growth is projected in Tarrant County and beyond. The worldwide aviation industry, for example, is expected to need nearly 1.3 million new commercial pilots and maintenance technicians in the next two decades, according to Boeing’s 2016 Pilot & Technician Outlook, a respected industry forecast.
 
At 163,500 square feet, the Hadley Center of Excellence is the largest aviation education facility in Texas. Students learn with professional training equipment, including a fuselage mockup of a G-280 Gulfstream aircraft donated by Gulf Aerospace and aircraft windows donated by Southwest Airlines. Logistics students use a warehouse laboratory with an on-demand warehouse management system.
 
In addition to serving the Hadley Center of Excellence, the stop also provides a point of access for area businesses. A regular day pass for FWTA buses is $3.50; the price for a monthly pass is $45 for students and Alliance-area employees and $60 for others. Reduced fares also may be available. Call FWTA Customer Service at 817-215-8600 for details. FWTA riders may check their routes at www.fwta.org and track buses in real time by selecting “Fort Worth The T” at www.nextbus.com or on the NextBus app.
 
The Transit Master Plan also calls for future service to TCC’s Northwest, Northeast and Southeast campuses as funding becomes available and community partnerships are formed. Read the master plan at www.TMasterPlan.org and watch for social media updates tagged with #MasterPlanInAction.
 

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New Transit Service to Alliance Area Enhances Access to TCC’s Aviation, Logistics and Transportation Programs

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority set to begin bus service Sept. 26, opening training opportunities to more residents
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FORT WORTH, Texas (August 30, 2016) – The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) will soon begin bus service to Tarrant County College’s Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence for Aviation, Logistics and Transportation at Alliance Airport—creating new opportunities for residents across the area to access high-demand career training programs.
 
FWTA will serve the Alliance area through an extension of Route 63, which starts in Downtown Fort Worth, and the new Route 64, which provides express service between Denton and Fort Worth. Route 64 will provide arrivals and departures throughout the day and evening, while Route 63 is designed to serve commuters in the morning and afternoon peak travel times. Stops at the Hadley Center of Excellence begin Sept. 26 and will allow riders to attend class in TCC’s aviation, logistics and transportation programs as well as access other area businesses.
 
TCC began working with FWTA to establish the route when the College acquired the Alliance facility in 2012. Students, faculty and staff provided feedback on transit needs during the development of FWTA’s Transit Master Plan, which will guide service in the coming years.
 
FWTA President/CEO Paul Ballard said public input, such as TCC’s support for the Alliance route, was key in formulating the Transit Master Plan. “We spent a year gathering feedback on our services and listening to what is important to our communities and our riders. As we continue to implement the Master Plan, we are working with funding partners to implement services in more areas to increase service for more people. TCC’s Andre McEwing, our board vice chair, was very instrumental in making this all happen.”
 
“Public transportation supports students as they strive to meet their educational and career goals,” said Elva LeBlanc, Ph.D., president of Northwest Campus. “Currently, Tarrant County College students have limited transportation options to the Hadley Center of Excellence. We believe that the introduction of bus service to the Alliance area will contribute to greater access to higher education for students throughout Tarrant County.”
 
2014SP_NW_aviation_9620The Hadley Center of Excellence trains students for careers as pilots, aircraft maintenance specialists, dispatchers, distribute on managers and more. Significant employment growth in these careers is projected for Tarrant County and beyond. The worldwide aviation industry, for example, is expected to need nearly 1.3 million new commercial pilots and maintenance technicians in the next two decades, according to Boeing’s 2016 Pilot & Technician Outlook, a respected industry forecast.
 
At 163,500 square feet, the Hadley Center of Excellence is the largest aviation education facility in Texas. Students learn with professional training equipment, including a fuselage mockup of a G-280 Gulfstream aircraft donated by Gulf Aerospace and aircraft windows donated by Southwest Airlines. Logistics students use a warehouse laboratory with an on-demand warehouse management system.
 
A regular day pass for FWTA buses is $3.50; the price for a monthly pass is $45 for students and Alliance-area employees, and $60 for others. Reduced fares may also be available. Call FWTA Customer Service at 817-215-8600 for details. FWTA riders will be able to check their routes at www.fwta.org and track buses in real time by selecting “Fort Worth The T” at www.nextbus.com or on the NextBus app.
 
The Transit Master Plan also calls for future service to TCC’s Northwest, Northeast and Southeast campuses as funding becomes available and community partnerships are formed. Read the Master Plan at www.TMasterPlan.org and watch for social media updates tagged with #MasterPlanInAction.
 

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