Alternative Transportation

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 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 in October each year, and passes are available for pickup by 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).

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 2017 E-Pass

SEE FLYER HERE  For the 2017 E-passes, we are subsidizing them down even further than what The T offers them to us.  This subsidy is only offered for a limited time during October 2016.  Please see all the prices below.

To buy an E-Pass during the subsidy sale in October 2016:  You can either pay online by credit card or pay by cash/check at the Office of Sustainability in Facilities Management Building Room 110 (please email or call prior to coming to make sure someone is here to assist you). Your pass will be available by December, and you will be notified when to pick up your pass.

To buy an E-Pass after October 2016:  If you wish to purchase a pass after the subsidy sale, 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).

2017 Annual Transit Prices

PASS Subsidy Price (Limited Time) Discounted E-Pass Price Regular Price (if you were to buy monthly passes for a year)
Local Pass (The T buses only)  $150 $450 $720
 Local + Zone 1 (The T buses and TRE Zone1)  $200 $600 $960
 Regional (The T buses, TRE Zones1&2, DART)  $400 $1200 $1920

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 Transit Fare 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.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging at UNTHSC

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To provide more services to team members as well as promote sustainability, we’re testing a program to provide vehicle charging on campus.  SEE FULL DETAILS BY CLICKING HERE.  This program will be tested for this fiscal year and re-evaluated in August 2017.  If you have any questions or comments, please call 817-735-2451 or email Sustainability Coordinator Sandy Bauman, sandy.bauman@unthsc.edu.

Dual-Port Station & Outlets:  A dual-port station was donated to the university and has been installed in Lot 19, across Bunting Avenue from the MET (see campus map).  Two parking spots are reserved for cars while charging. In addition, outlets are available in the faculty and east garages, where drivers will be able to plug in as well.  Two spots are reserved for electric vehicles until 10am (you will not be required to move your car after charging in the garage spots).

EV Parking Permit Required:  Because providing electricity for your vehicle is an added service, you will be required to display an EV parking hang tag when charging at the station or an outlet on campus.  To purchase this permit, fill out the form here.  Prices for the 2016-2017 fiscal year are as follows:

  • SEMESTER PASS – Valid now to May 31, 2017 – $25
  • SUMMER PASS – Valid June 1 to August 31, 2017 – $20
  • ANNUAL PASS – Valid now to August 31, 2017 (save $5 by purchasing annual pass) – $40

Discounted Parking for Low Emitting, Fuel Efficient Vehicles

DISCOUNT DISCONTINUED AS OF NOV 2016:  As part of the efforts in constructing the MET to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or green building standards, UNTHSC implemented a 20% parking discount to drivers of low emitting, fuel efficient vehicles.  The university has had this discount in place for over 5 years, but has decided to no longer provide it.  The discount was intended to collectively reduce our emissions by incentivizing our campus community to drive vehicles that are fuel efficient and low emitting.  However, this goal of reducing our environmental impact from transportation to and from campus can be met in other, perhaps more effective ways.  While the discount is no longer in place moving forward, we are continuing and even expanding our transit sustainability efforts.  For example, UNTHSC offers discounts to our employees and students on transit passes year round, and once a year, we subsidize annual passes to 80% off regular prices.  In addition, we provide Electric Vehicle (EV) charging on campus, and we financially support Fort Worth Bike Share as well as have a bike station here on campus.  Furthermore, we are continually evaluating new ways to reduce our environmental impact by implementing new programs and initiatives.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us.

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

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)

 

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.

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This page was last modified on December 5, 2016