Trinity Metro awarded $600,000 grant from Federal Transit Administration

June 12,2020

See full City of Fort Worth article here.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded $600,000 to Trinity Metro to support a comprehensive planning project to improve access to public transportation. The funds are from FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning, which assists communities that are developing new or expanded mass transit systems, such as bus rapid transit.

The planning grant is part of a partnership project with the City of Fort Worth to develop transit-oriented development along East Lancaster Avenue.

“We are excited about this opportunity to work with the city on another important transit initiative,” said Bob Baulsir, CEO and president of Trinity Metro. “We appreciate the FTA’s funding for this project.”

In 2019, the City of Fort Worth initiated a study, Transit Moves Fort Worth, to increase public transit’s role in the overall transportation system. The study identified some key corridors and recommended high-capacity transit on those corridors. East Lancaster Avenue is the highest ridership corridor in the Trinity Metro network, making East Lancaster the most suitable route for implementing high-capacity transit like bus rapid transit or rapid transit.

Trinity Metro and the City of Fort Worth partnered on the grant application to conduct a comprehensive analysis of economic development opportunity, transit-supportive land use and infrastructure improvements to enhance ridership through the development of a comprehensive transit-oriented development plan for the East Lancaster Avenue corridor.

“We are proud to support our local partners as they plan for transit-oriented development that better connects residents to jobs, education and services,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. “This funding will help improve the quality of life of riders in communities across America.”