Riding the bus is fun, economical and environmentally friendly. Learn more about the benefits of public transportation. And it’s easy! We have several tools to help you make riding public transportation part of your daily life.
Watch the video below to learn how to ride the bus with FWTA. See how to plan your trip online, catch the correct bus, pay your fare, exit the bus and more.
Have you ever wanted to take The T bus or TRE train system but weren’t sure where to start? The Fort Worth Transportation Authority’s award-winning Transit 101 takes the mystery out of riding the bus and train.
At these fun and engaging get-togethers, staff from the FWTA will teach you everything you need to know. Join us for an upcoming session near you.
Add to your adventure by riding scheduled T buses, trolleys and TRE trains. We can even teach your group how to ride in our Transit 101 program!
Simply decide when and where you want to take your class or group. Keep in mind this is not a special charter service. Your group will ride with other passengers. For more information, call Melissa Chrisman at 817-215-8640.
Enjoy the benefits of public transportation by utilizing the FWTA’s park and ride lot locations.
Drive to one of FWTA bus or TRE rail lots across the city, park your car for free, and ride to your destination.
Our buses are equipped with bike racks. Watch the video below to see how to load your bike onto the bus.
You can also board with your bike on the TRE train.
Make your commute more enjoyable through a Rideshare program. Whether you choose a carpool or a vanpool, you will benefit by reducing congestion and saving time and money.
Your employer may also offer commuter benefits for using a Rideshare program. In most cases, the employer purchases a transit/vanpool pass or voucher from a local transit operator or voucher provider.
Federal tax code for 2017 allows employers to offer up to $255 per month ($3,060 per year) in transit and vanpool benefits tax free. According to the IRS Code Sec. 132(f), qualified transportation fringe benefits are excludable from income for purposes of taxation.
These benefits include transit passes and vanpool expenses. An employer is not limited to providing a transit or vanpool of $255 per month, however, any excess value must be included in the employee’s gross income for income and employment tax purposes.
Track your contribution to our area’s alternative commute options by registering with the North Central Council of Governments (NCTCOG) TRY PARKING IT web page.
A vanpool is a group of at least six people who share the costs of getting to and from work. These individuals usually live and work near each other. Generally, vanpools will have one primary driver and one alternate driver.
By using a vanpool, you can benefit through lower transportation costs, less wear and tear on your vehicles and less stress during commutes. In addition, vanpooling helps reduce traffic congestion and dangerous levels of ozone.
Vanpooling may also make riders eligible for savings on automobile insurance — in some cases, up to 15%. (Riders should contact their insurance agents for more information.) If necessary, the FWTA will provide written verification of your vanpool participation.
Call 817-336-RIDE (7433) for more information.
A carpool is when two or more people share a ride in a car. Carpooling is simple, and can last as long as the participants desire. Carpools are based on sharing commute expenses. There are two basic types of carpool arrangements:
Poolers use one car owned by one driver. The driver calculates his/her operating costs for the daily commute, then divides by the number of riders to determine how much each rider should contribute. The riders and driver agree to a periodic (daily, weekly, monthly) payment plan.
Poolers can rotate car use and driving so that each person’s vehicle and driving time are shared equally. No money is exchanged in this arrangement.
Many carpools begin quite informally between neighbors or coworkers.
Once commuters find someone whose schedules and locations are compatible, the next step is to meet the potential carpooler to discuss arrangements. Suggestion: Set a trial period of a week or so. Each individual carpooler can leave the pool during the trial period if they so desire. Once the carpool is set, courtesy dictates that participants who decide to leave give advance notice to their carpooling partners to minimize any inconvenience.
Other carpools are initiated with the help of employers and NCTCOG, who can match commuters based on work hours and geographic location.
We have all experienced emergencies or schedule changes overtime that made taking public transit or ridesharing seem inconvenient. The Guaranteed Ride Home Program (GRHP) takes any uncertainty you may have about getting home if you use the bus or vanpool.
Through the GRHP, you can get home or back to a Park and Ride lot with no worries if our regular schedules and routes can’t get you there.
Vanpool, Easy Ride and Monthly Pass holders are eligible for the GRHP. You can use this service up to two times within a three month period.
All you need is a GRHP Calling Card that identifies you as a participant.
When unscheduled overtime or an emergency arises, simply call the number on your card. The dispatcher will ask for your name, phone number and where you need to be picked up and dropped off. Request a wheelchair-accessible vehicle if needed. You pay the driver a $5.00 co-pay and we cover the balance.
To obtain a GRHP Calling Card, call 817-336-RIDE (7433).