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Near Southside ZIPZONE starts July 19

Posted July 14, 2020

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a ZIPZONE van parked in front of Heim barbecue
Besides stops in the Medical District, the Near Southside ZIPZONE includes many restaurants and businesses on Magnolia Avenue.

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.

“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 use 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 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 Eighth Avenue/McCart/Hulen Mall, 9 Ramey/Vickery and 14 Sylvania/Northeast 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.”

To use the service, download the Trinity Metro ZIPZONE app. Use the app to order a ride. View an interactive map of the service area.

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.

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