Trinity Metro, DCTA Partnering with Lyft to Take Riders "Last Mile"

Alan Scaia
February 27, 2019 - 12:18 pm



DALLAS (KRLD) - Trinity Metro and the Denton County Transportation Authority have launched a partnership with Lyft to provide rides to people who use the express bus service to the Alliance development in Far North Fort Worth. Trinity Metro launched "ZipZone" to replace rides that had previously been provided by Toyota, which ended a nine month pilot project in January.

Trinity Metro says about 61,000 people work at 500 businesses around Alliance Airport.

"One of the things major employers look at when relocating to different regions of the United States is transit," says Detra Whitmore, Trinity Metro's vice president of administration and planning.

People can now show a transit pass to a Lyft driver and get a free ride from the stop to another location around Alliance.

"It's more of an innovative solution transit agencies are looking at for that first and last mile," Whitmore says. "Most people, it's hard for them to get to a bus stop."

The service, called ZipZone, is available from 4:30 am to 7:30 pm Monday through Friday and on weekends from 5:30 am to 7:30 am and again from 4 to 7:30 pm. ZipZone is free right now, but Whitmore says Trinity Metro and DCTA will have to start charging eventually.

Whitmore says Trinity Metro will also look at expanding ZipZone to other areas if it proves popular at Alliance.

"It's important for us, as a transit agency, to continue to provide access to jobs, health care and education," she says.