Alternative Transportation & Discounted Parking

From commuters driving to work or class to the campus fleet, transportation is a major part of UNTHSC’s operations and effect on the local community.  We aim to:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from commuter cars and the campus fleet
  • Encourage eco-friendly transportation

See the 2013 Transportation Survey or the Survey Infographic for a summary of how our campus community commutes.

E-Passes: Discounted Annual Bus and Train Passes

TrainWhat are E-Passes?

UNTHSC offers discounted annual bus and train passes to its employees and students with savings 50% to 80% off regular prices. The university purchases E-Passes directly from The T, Fort Worth’s Transportation Authority, and E-passes are valid from January 1 through December 31 each year.  Payments are collected November 1st through early December, and passes are available for pickup by the end of December.  You can also purchase an E-pass anytime during the year, but they are not subsidized although they are prorated.  If you’re a student, buying reduced fare tickets may be more cost effective (see below).  Contact us for current E-pass pricing.

What Types of E-Passes are sold?

We sell three types of passes:

  1. Local – includes buses in Fort Worth Only
  2. Zone 1 – includes buses in Fort Worth and the Trinity Railway Expressway (TRE Train) from Fort Worth to DFW Centerport Station.
  3. Regional – includes Fort Worth, all of the TRE to Dallas, and the DART light rail in Dallas.

Benefits of an E-pass

  • Cost savings
  • Reduction on car wear and tear
  • Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) Program – $5 taxi in case of emergencies or unplanned overtime
  • Parking relief (for you and UNTHSC)
  • Reduced traffic congestion and air pollution
  • Less stress, greater productivity
  • Unlimited pass

Get a 2016 E-Pass

SEE FLYER HERE  In order to purchase a pass, you must first contact the Office of Sustainability with what type of pass you would like.  Then you will be required to prepay with cash and checks, and you must present a valid UNTHSC ID. For 2016, we are again subsidizing the prices down even further than what The T sells them to us for.  The Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management, and EBAC are helping with the subsidy.  The subsidized price is about 75% off regular prices for the year.  If you wish to purchase a pass in the middle of the year, contact the Office of Sustainability for the form (Note: E-Passes are not or subsidized mid-year although they are still cheaper than the regular price and they are prorated now).  We accept cash, check, and credit cards.  Please contact us to purchase an E-Pass.

Subsidized E-Pass Prices for 2016 (prices are higher after the subsidized sale ends on December 1st):

Local Pass (The T buses only)  $160 ($450 after Dec 1st)
 Local + Zone 1 (The T buses and TRE Zone1)  $220 ($600 after Dec 1st)
 Regional (The T buses, TRE Zones1&2, DART)  $440 ($1200 after Dec 1st)

Calculate Your Potential Savings

See how much you can save by using public transportation!  This calculator factors in gas and car maintenance (including tires) associated with driving and compares it to the cost of public transportation.  The calculations are based on 240 working days per year.  CALCULATE NOW

More Information (schedules, maps, etc.):

  • Fort Worth – The T or call 817-336-RIDE
  • Dallas – DART or call 214-747-RIDE
  • Denton – DCTA
  • Trinity Railway Express – TRE

Reduced Fare Pricing for Students

UNTHSC students qualify for reduced fare pricing for public transit in our region which is between 50% to 75% off regular prices.  You must obtain a Reduced Fare ID card from The T, Fort Worth’s Transportation Authority.  Simply take your UNTHSC ID to the information kiosk inside the Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) at 1001 Jones Street here in Fort Worth.  It is $2 to get the Reduced Fare ID card.  When you purchase tickets, choose the reduced fare option.  Find pricing here.

UNTHSC Discounted Parking Policy

parking editThe UNTHSC‘s Police Department offers a 20% discount on parking permits to drivers of low emission vehicles (LEVs) and fuel efficient vehicles (FEVs). LEVs and FEVs are defined as vehicles that are either classified as Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) by the California Air Resources Board or have a minimum green score of 40 on the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) annual vehicle-rating guide. To see if your car qualifies, check the List of Qualifying Cars or visit the Police Department on campus.

In order to receive the discount, stop by the UNTHSC Police Department on campus. You will need to provide a copy of your vehicle’s registration, and you must pay for the entire year in full (based on the fiscal year from September 1 through August 31). For more information, contact the Police’s Parking Department or the Office of Sustainability.

Carpool & Vanpool

Interested in riding to campus with other people?  You could enjoy the benefits of cost savings, stress reduction, reducing fossil fuel consumption and traffic congestion, and helping to improve our air quality!

Matching System is a program by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) that provides a matching service for carpooling and vanpooling.  It also measures the benefits of trip reduction strategies such as carpooling against single occupant vehicle transportation.  Click on the button below to get started.  Register under “UNT Health Science Center” to find your matches and start enjoying the benefits of carpooling/vanpooling.  It’s a quick and easy process!


A vanpool is a group of people who share the costs of getting to work or campus using a van owned by the area’s transit authority.  To learn more about our area’s vanpool options or to learn how you can be a part of one, click on the links below or contact us to learn more.

Fort Worth’s The T – Vanpool

Denton County – Vanpool (these vanpools can commute to Fort Worth as long as they originate in Denton County)


Bike ShareFort Worth Bike Share

Fort Worth Bike Share is a city-wide network of bike stations that provide affordable, healthy, and eco-friendly transportation around the city.  There are over 30 stations around Forth Worth.

How does it work?

Step 1: Purchase a membership (day, week, month, or year)

Step 2: Check out a bike at any station.

Step 3: Ride the bike to your destination.

Step 4: Return the bike to any station.

Learn More

The UNTHSC bike station is located near the Center for Bio-Health Building (CBH) off of Camp Bowie Blvd.  UNTHSC receives discounts off annual memberships.  Students should use promo code “untstudent” and employees should use promo code “untemployee”.  You must use your UNTHSC email when registering. Learn more details using the following resources:

Fort Worth Bike Share

Bike Fort Worth

Bike DFW

Transportation Survey

A campus transportation survey was conducted by the Office of Sustainability within Facilities Management in the fall of 2013. The survey collected information related to how our students, staff, and faculty commute to campus including mode choice, deciding factors of their mode choice, distances and places traveled, and information on what would incentivize commuters to consider more sustainable modes of transportation.  We hope to administer this survey every 2 or 3 years in order to track changes over time, assess awareness and success of transit related programs, support and develop programs, and determine the environmental impact associated with our commuters.  See the infographic below for a visual graphic of some of the data and ways we can make our commute more sustainable.  See the full survey by clicking here.