With TCC's EasyRide program, your student ID doubles as your free pass on all
- Trinity Metro buses
- ZIPZONE on-demand rideshare vans,
- Trinity Metro TEXRail,
- and the Trinity Railway Express.
As long as you are enrolled in 3 credit hours or 48 continuing education contact hours (equals 4.8 CEUs), you're good to go!
With EasyRide, your drive time becomes study time. And all that money on gas? You probably have other ideas.
Be sure your student ID is activated by visiting the Copy Center on your TCC campus.
If you need paratransit service, please submit a Trinity Metro ACCESS Tickets Request (PDF). (Link opens in a new window)
You can access the following routes from our campuses:
- CEATL (NW Campus Alliance Center): Route 63X
- Northeast Campus: Route 23
- Northwest Campus: Route 45
- South Campus: Route 67
- Southeast Campus: Route 67
- Tarrant County College Opportunity Center: Route 4
- Trinity River Campus: Route 46
Download the NextBus app to find where your bus is in real time and what buses may be near you. This is for the schedule only. You will need to use your activated ID for travel.
You can also visit the Trinity Metro website to plan your trip.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers below to frequently asked questions.
Who is eligible to participate in the EasyRide Program?
You must be enrolled in 3 credit hours or 48 continuing education contact hours (equals 4.8 CEUs) and must have a current, activated TCC student identification card.
What Trinity Metro services can I access with my new Student ID?
Your newly activated ID will give you access to ride any Trinity Metro bus routes, ZIPZONE on-demand rideshare van, Trinity Metro TEXRail and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) within Tarrant County. The fare will be paid by TCC.
We also accommodate our certified ACCESS paratransit riders. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Passengers can ride free of charge on TRE trains between Fort Worth T&P Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport stations. Any travel east of CentrePort/DFW Airport (Dallas County) will require a pass that can be purchased directly from the free GoPass app.
When will my enrollment eligibility be reported to Trinity Metro?
TCC will report enrollment eligibility to Trinity Metro on the first three Fridays in May, August and December. May reports will include summer enrollment, August reports will include fall enrollment and December reports will include spring enrollment.
In addition, TCC will report enrollment eligibility to the Trinity Metro on the first and third Mondays in January through April, June through July and September through November.
Are College for Kids, Senior Education, Dual Credit and Early College High School students eligible to participate in the EasyRide Program?
No, these students are not eligible at this time.
Based on agreements with current Dual Credit and Early College High School partners, transportation needs for those students already have been met.
College for Kids and Senior Education students are also not eligible at this time.
Are ACCESS paratransit services available through the EasyRide Program?
Yes, ACCESS tickets are available through the Trinity Metro ACCESS paratransit service. Submit your request with the Trinity Metro ACCESS Request Form.
Once your enrollment and ACCESS certification are verified, 20 tickets will be mailed to your address on record. For additional questions, email email@example.com, or call 817-515-8223.
Where can I get my activated Student ID?
Pick up your activated student ID at a Copy Center on any campus.
It takes 1 hour after registration for your information to appear in the student ID system.
Do I need a new ID?
If your student ID was issued before April 16, 2018, you will need to stop by any campus Copy Center to check your card's activation status.
Can I only ride for free when I am going to or from a TCC location?
You can use your activated ID for traveling anywhere the local bus service goes, seven days a week. You can also ride ZIPZONE and TEXRail daily, as well as TRE from Fort Worth to CentrePort Station Monday through Saturday.
What should I do if my Student ID is damaged/lost?
Please replace your activated card as soon possible at the campus Copy Center. Replacement cards costs $10.00.
The bus driver claims there is a problem with my ID. Now what?
Visit the campus Copy Center to validate the card. Copy Center staff will only be able to validate the ID.
If your card does not work, you will need $2.00 to ride the bus or $2.50 to ride the train one way. TCC will not provide reimbursement.
If the problem is not related to validation, visit the campus Admissions and Registrar Office, call 817-515-8223, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss enrollment or ask any questions about the program.
What about the Trinity Metro TEXRail and Trinity Railway Express (TRE)?
Eligible students can ride TEXRail or the TRE to stops in Tarrant County, as well as Trinity Metro buses and ZIPZONE on-demand rideshare vans at no cost.
What about using Trinity Metro ZIPZONE?
Student IDs also allow you to ride in ZIPZONE on-demand rideshare vans at no additional cost. You can book rides straight from your phone and get picked up in minutes. Your rides are free when you initiate a ride within a ZIPZONE boundary AND when you transfer from another Trinity Metro service. Use the complimentary transfer feature within the Trinity Metro ZIPZONE app when arranging rides.
- Visit the Trinity Metro ZIPZone page to see zone maps and to download the Trinity Metro ZIPZONE app from the App Store or Google Play to your smartphone. Read about some helpful tips on booking.
- Use the promo code FTWWEB to get your first two rides FREE!
When the ZIPZONE van arrives to pick you up, simply show the driver your student ID as validation. Please note that you may only book a ZIPZONE ride when you arrive in the zone where you will be boarding the van. Future bookings from outside the zone are not possible.
What if I need to ride more than one bus?
If you need to ride more than one bus or any combination of on-demand rideshare vans and rail services to reach your destination, your activated ID works for all Trinity Metro trips. Be sure to swipe your ID card when boarding each bus.
How do I use my ID to pay my fare?
Simply board the bus and swipe your activated ID in the farebox—your card will work from left or right and front or back. Don't be shy about asking the operator for assistance! Similarly, present your ID to TEXRail and TRE conductors or to ZIPZONE drivers.
How do I know which bus to ride?
There are many tools available to help you plan your trip:
- Visit the Trinity Metro website to access a full system map and individual route schedules.
- Printed versions are also available at TCC campuses or at the Trinity Metro Retail Sales Office at 800 Cherry Street.
Are there any mobile apps?
The NextBus app is available for iPhone and Android users. NextBus will show you where your bus is in real time and which buses are nearby. This is for scheduling only. You will need to use your activated ID for travel.
In addition, students may use the Trinity Metro ZIPZONE app to schedule on-demand rides within select Tarrant County communities.
How do I know where to get on the bus?
All bus stops are marked with a bus stop sign that includes the stop number, which route serves the stop and Trinity Metro's Customer Care phone number. Allow plenty of time and make sure the bus operator can see you. Some stops have shelters and/or benches for your convenience.
How do I get off of the bus?
Know which stop you need and then pay attention to the visual and audio announcements on board the bus. When your stop is announced, pull the yellow cord or push the yellow panel to signal your stop. Both stop devices can be found on the sides of the bus interior along the windows.
Is it safe to ride the bus?
Yes, customer safety is a top priority at Trinity Metro. Trinity Metro bus operators are trained to watch for suspicious behavior and have best practice procedures to follow to keep all passengers safe. As you would do anywhere, always be aware of your surroundings
How long does the program last?
Currently, the partnership is scheduled for 12 months. You must be a registered TCC student to participate in the program.
How do I get in touch with Trinity Metro?
The Trinity Metro customer service phone info center is open seven days a week at 817-215-8600.
What if I have more questions?
You can email EasyRideProgram@tccd.edu with your questions or concerns.
Updated September 09, 2021