FWTA reminds community that public transportation is here for them

With the combination of evacuees coming to the area and needing transportation options and area gas stations and convenience stores start running out of gas, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) wants to assure the community that they are here to help everyone get where they need to go.

“Our service will not be impacted by the gas shortage because 100 percent of our fleet is fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG),” said FWTA President and CEO Paul Ballard. “We will continue to operate to help our community get where they need to go.”

To help visitors and others who want to take advantage of public transportation, FWTA is adding personnel and extending its customer service hours for the next two weeks.

The temporary extended schedule for the call center (817-215-8600) is as follows:

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Friday, Sept. 1: 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2-3 and Sept. 9-10: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 4 (Labor Day): 5 a.m.-7 p.m.

Tuesday-Friday Sept. 5-16: 5 a.m.-11 p.m.

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FWTA reminds the community that the potential gas crisis provides an opportunity to give public transit a try. The FWTA bus system includes more than 40 routes and 2,000 stops. For more information, online maps and schedules go to www.FWTA.org.

“We wish we could also increase the number of buses on the road, but have a limited amount of resources,” Ballard said. “To fully serve a region of this size, we need to have additional funding sources.”

FWTA will also have customer service representatives at the ITC platform to assist customers at the following locations:

Park and Ride Options for Bus Service

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Altamesa Church of Christ

4600 Altamesa

Route 66 Express

Edge Park Methodist Church

5616 Crowley Road

Route 66 Express

St. Bartholomew Catholic Church

3601 Altamesa

Route 66 Express

Western Hills Methodist Church

2810 Laredo

Route 61 Express

South Park and Ride

I-35 at Alsbury Exit

Route 65 Express

Ridgmar Mall

I-30 at Green Oaks

Routes 2, 26, 61, 91

North Park and Ride

10157 North Freeway

Route 63 Express

Below is a list of all Park and Ride Options for the TRE. All station locations offer free parking for TRE riders, except for the ITC.

Fort Worth T&P Station

221 W. Lancaster Ave.

Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC)

1001 Jones St.

Richland Hills Station

7225 Burns St.

Bell Station

3232 Bell Spur Drive

CentrePort/DFW Airport Station

14470 Statler Blvd.