Thanks to an agreement between Tarrant County College and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, TCC students will soon have a free option for getting around town.
A news release explained that starting May 15, TCC students will be able to use their student IDs to ride any of the 38 Tarrant County Trinity Metro bus routes, with TCC picking up the tab.
Tarrant County’s transit agency, formerly known as The T, recently rebranded as Trinity Metro.
“This agreement exemplifies a partnership designed for the future of Tarrant County. Having an educated workforce strengthens the roots of a community and helps it grow and prosper in the future,” Paul Ballard, Trinity Metro president/CEO said in the release.
“Transportation is essential to the economic growth of our region,” Ballard continued. “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Chancellor Giovannini and TCC as we help students achieve their goals by increasing their mobility in Tarrant County.”
Additionally, per the EasyRide agreement, Trinity Metro will be offering new bus routes to TCC Northeast and TCC Southeast campuses beginning in August, prior to the start of the fall semester.
Trinity Metro currently serves all of TCC’s other locations: Trinity River Campus, South Campus, Northwest Campus and the Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics.
Students enrolled in TCC’s 2018 summer term will be some of the first eligible for the EasyRide Program, and students issued TCC IDs post-May 15 will be automatically activated with EasyRide eligibility.
Students with TCC IDs issued prior to May 15 must have their cards activated for the EasyRide program, and will need to take their ID to a TCC Copy Center for activation.
“Our students report that access to transportation is one of the greatest barriers they face when achieving their educational goals,” TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini said in the release. “By partnering with Trinity Metro to cover the cost of a student’s transportation to campus, TCC is continuing to fulfill its mission of providing affordable and open access to quality teaching and learning.”