Alternative Transportation

From commuters driving to work or class to the campus fleet, transportation is a major part of HSC’s operations and effect on the local community.  We aim to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from how we commute to campus by encouraging eco-friendly transportation.

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Public Transit to HSC Fort Worth

Bus – Route 2

Trinity Metro’s Route 2 Bus provides service along our campus, and it runs every 15 minutes during the weekdays.  See the full schedule here.  Some commuters come in from other bus routes or the TRE (train between Fort Worth and Dallas) or the new TEXRail then transfer to the Route 2 bus in order to travel to campus.

Route 63/64

Need to travel from Denton to Fort Worth or vice versa?  There is now an express bus service with Route 64.  If you ride from Denton, transfer to Route 2 at the Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) in order to get to HSC.

Need Help?

Want ride but not sure where to start?  Do you want to commute by public transit or just take the bus to lunch in Montgomery Plaza?  Check out our Transit 101 brochure or contact us for specific help.  Last fall, we taught 25 people how to ride the buses here in Fort Worth.  If you’re interested in joining the next group, let us know!  Also, check out Trinity Metro’s trip planner.

 

2021 Subsidized Annual Bus and Train Passes

TrainWhat are subsidized transit passes?

Each calendar year, Trinity Metro offers HSC employees and students 25% off discounts on monthly and annual passes (referred to at the EASYRIDE or E-pass program).  HSC Sustainability, with approval from the Sustainability Committee, subsidizes the cost for both employees and students.  Students receive the greatest discounts.

What is the deadline to purchase a subsidized pass?

Since 2013, HSC Sustainability has offered the subsidized passes only once per year.  For 2021, employees and students can now purchase subsidized passes throughout the year!  This offers more flexibility.  In order to have your pass by January 1st, 2021, you must purchase the pass by December 3, 2020.  We are also subsidizing monthly passes for students only (employees will still be able to purchase monthly passes at the 25% discount give to us through Trinity Metro).

What Types of E-Passes are Sold?

There are two types of passes:

  1. Local – Valid on Trinity Metro Buses, Trinity Railway Expressway (TRE Train) from T&P Station (Fort Worth) to Centerport Station, and TEXRail.
  2. Regional – Valid on all services in Tarrant, Denton, and Dallas Counties (includes all rail services).

Cost

The cost depends on when you purchase your pass and if you are an employee or student.  Here is the summary:

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Benefits of an E-Pass:

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  • 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 HSC)
  • Reduced traffic congestion and air pollution
  • Less stress, greater productivity
  • Unlimited pass

Payment:

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You can pay by cash or check at Facilities Management at 3416 Darcy Street (just north of the CBH building) between 8am-5pm Monday through Friday.  You will fill out a short form and show your HSC ID for verification.  You will be notified by email when your pass is ready to be picked up.

More Information (schedules, maps, etc.):

 

Bike ShareFort Worth Bike Share

Bikeshare StudentsFort 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 40 stations around Forth Worth, and the system includes some electric bikes.  

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 HSC bike station is located in front of the library on Montgomery St..  HSC students receive a FREE annual membership, and employees receive $40 annual memberships.  Students should use promo code “untstudent” and employees should use promo code “untemployee”.  You must use your HSC email when registering. Learn more details using the following resources:

Fort Worth Bike Share

Bike Fort Worth

Bike DFW

 

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging at HSC

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To provide more services to team members as well as promote sustainability, HSC provides level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on campus.  We have 3 dual-port stations (6 charging ports total).  One station was donated to the university, and the other two were purchased with the Sustainable Campus Fee.  EV Charging is only permitted on campus at these level 2 stations.  Plugging in at outlets is not permitted as we collect a small fee for charging on campus (see details here).

See all the details such as locations, rates, etc. by clicking HERE.

EV Charging Etiquette:

valuesPlease practice our values of Serving Others First, Integrity, and Collaboration when utilizing the charge stations on campus by following these simple guidelines (adapted from www.plugincars.com):

  1. Charge Up, Move On: As the demand for charging increases on campus, we all must work together to ensure charging availability for all.  We understand that you may not be able to move immediately after your car is finished charging, but simply ask that you be considerate of other drivers and move your car in a timely manner when you are able.  The pricing is structured in a way to incentive drivers to stay plugged in 4 hours or less, and we have provided a “Reserved until 10am” parking spot for people unable to move their car mid-day.  If you are able to move your car mid-day, please park in the 4 hour limit spaces to allow other drivers use of the “Reserved until 10am” space.  In addition, you may park in an open parking space next to the reserved spaces as the cords will reach many spaces.
  2. EV Parking for EV Charging Only: Both “Reserved 24/7” spaces and one “Reserved until 10am” space are available to ensure that parking is available at the charge stations.  If you notice a non-EV vehicle in a reserved space, please notify campus police at 817-735-2210.  In addition, these spots are for charging only, but please note, an EV vehicle may be in that parking spot because it’s on the charging waiting list.
  3. When It’s OK to Unplug: If a car is fully charged (as indicated on the charging station), you may unplug that vehicle in order to utilize the station.  If you do unplug a vehicle, please consider leaving a note explaining that they were fully charged and that you are grateful for the collaboration.  They may thank you back considering they are not being charged the fee after being unplugged!
  4. When It’s NOT OK to Unplug: Please do not unplug any vehicle that is not fully charged.  If you are in need of a charge, please get on the waiting list or visit another station.  There is a DC Fast Charge at the Walgreens on Camp Bowie which charges faster than our Level II stations.
  5. Be Considerate & Practice Safety: Please be considerate of other drivers as you park, use the stations, and leave the stations.  In addition to the guidelines above, leave the cords and station orderly and as good or better than you found it by properly managing the cord so as people do not trip on it or drive over it.
  6. Make Charging Better: If you have any suggestions, comments, or issues, please contact HSC Sustainability/Facilities (sustainability@unthsc.edu or 817-735-2451).  We strive to make this a positive (and sustainable) experience for everyone both now and in the future.

Contacts

We are continually looking to improve the program and welcome feedback and suggestions.  Call 817-735-2451 or email sandy.bauman@unthsc.edu.  Station Customer Service can be reached at 1-888-758-4389.

 

Carpool & Vanpool

Interested in riding to campus with other people?  You could enjoy the benefits of cost savings, stress reduc

tion, reducing fossil fuel consumption and traffic congestion, and helping to improve our air quality!

Matching System

TPI_Logo_TransTryParkingIt.com 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!

Vanpool

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)

 

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.

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This page was last modified on November 11, 2020