All Aboard

All Aboard

No car? No money? No problem.The Fort Worth Transportation Authority is making it easier for students to get away from campus. The T’s partnership with TCU has provided students, faculty and staff with a free pass for transit services around the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

When the T first introduced the program last year all students had to do was show their TCU IDs in order to use transportation services. Now, in order to receive the benefits of the program, students will need to present their transit passes and TCU IDs when using the T’s services, said Joan Hunter, a spokeswoman for the T.

The passes allow free access to all regular and express route buses, the Trinity Railway Express and Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus and light-rail services, according to a press release. The passes can only be obtained by students at the Student Center Information Desk and at the TCU Police station, Hunter said.

Sophomore Adam Martinez said the new system is not difficult.

“There is no big difference with the new card,” said Martinez, a premajor. “It is just as easy.”

Hunter said the use of the new card is an enhancement of the program created last year.

“It helps increase awareness that The T is a good way to go across the region,” Hunter said. “It is a great way for students to save on gas, preserve the environment and get homework done while traveling.”

In order to cater to the needs of TCU students, The T extended Route 7 until 10:15 p.m., Hunter said. The Route 7 bus provides access from campus to the Cultural District or downtown to the Intermodal Transportation Center, the primary bus transfer facility for Fort Worth.

“It gives you a bigger span,” said Ruth Lopez, a freshman radio-TV-film major. “If you get bored you can travel around the city, especially if you don’t have a car.”

The T and TRE schedules are available online at and through the customer service phone line of 817-215-8600.