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.

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Public Transit to UNTHSC

Bus – Route 2

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority’s (FWTA) 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) 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 UNTHSC.

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 FWTA’s trip planner and Rider Services page.

EasyRide Passes (formerly E-Passes): Discounted Annual Bus and Train Passes

TrainWhat are EasyRide Passes?

EasyRide Passes are discounted monthly or annual bus and train passes available to UNTHSC employees and students.

What are the Discounts Available with EasyRide Passes?

Up to 80% Discount:  Once a year, the Office of Sustainability sells annual EasyRide Passes for up to 80% off regular prices.  Payments are collected in October, and passes are available for pickup by December for the coming year.  Click here to learn more. 

Always a 25% Discount:  Employees and students can purchase EasyRide Passes anytime during the year for 25% off monthly or annual prices.  In order to purchase monthly or annual EasyRide Passes, contact the Office of Sustainability.

What Types of EasyRide Passes are Sold?

There are two types of passes:

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

Purchase an EasyRide Pass:

Fill out the Green Sheet (click here) and email it to sustainability@unthsc.edu.  After the sheet has been verified, you will be able to purchase passes online.  The deadline to purchase a monthly discounted pass is the 20th of the month prior to the desired month.

Benefits of an EasyRide 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 UNTHSC)
  • Reduced traffic congestion and air pollution
  • Less stress, greater productivity
  • Unlimited pass

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 – FWTA or call 817-336-RIDE
  • Dallas – DART or call 214-747-RIDE
  • Denton – DCTA
  • Trinity Railway Express – TRE

Reduced Transit Fare for Students

Unfortunately, UNTHSC students do not qualify for reduced fare pricing through the FWTA as of August 2017.  However, students can still purchase discounted EasyRide Passes as well as take advantage of the subsidized annual passes (sale happens in October each year).   See above for more details.

 

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging at UNTHSC

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To provide more services to team members as well as promote sustainability, UNTHSC 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.

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

EV Charging Etiquette:

Please 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 the Office of 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.

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 October 6, 2017