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Bus transfers, routes moved to transit hub

As of Sunday, the Intermodal Transportation Center officially becomes a full-fledged passenger hub.






No longer will riders change buses at Houston and Sixth Street. Beginning Sunday, transfers will take place at the ITC, at Ninth and Jones streets.






Also being rerouted to the ITC are express buses that transport people from outlying regions of the system to downtown, and special services for people with disabilities.






"This has been in the works for quite some time," said DeDe Glover, a senior scheduler for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, known as the T. "We wanted to realign some of the routes to better serve our ITC facility." Work on the ITC - which connects travelers with commuter rail, trains, buses, taxis and automobiles - began more than seven years ago. The $14 million, 31,000-square-foot center opened in January, although Trinity Railway Express service at the ITC began Dec. 3.






T officials said they waited to move the bus transfers to the ITC until work on the hub was finished. Other upcoming changes include eliminating the ITC Circulator as well as the T&P Circulator, which served riders at the Texas & Pacific Station at Lancaster and Throckmorton streets.






But there will be two special morning trips to drop off TRE riders through the downtown area after the 7:22 a.m. and 8:04 a.m. trains arrive from Dallas.






A lunchtime trolley will provide a shuttle from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays using Commerce and Houston streets, and bus routes will be used to transport the rest of the Circulator riders, T officials said.






T officials began holding public meetings to brief riders on the changes in mid-April, said Elizabeth Moore, communications manager at the T.






For those who need extra help, or are confused with the changes, the T offers a Transit Ambassador Program to help out, Glover said.






"You can call the T at any time and ask for the program, where people assist riders on how to navigate the system," Glover said. "They work 24/7 .






"They'll go out at 4 a.m. and ride the bus with someone to make sure people know how to navigate the system."






* Bus transfers in downtown Fort Worth will move to the new Intermodal Transportation Center at Ninth and Jones streets beginning Sunday.






* The Fort Worth Transportation Authority, known as the T, will have people available through a Transit Ambassador Program to assist those who are confused by the changes.






* For more information about the changes or the Transit Ambassador Program, call the T's main number at (817) 215-8600.






What it means to you






Bus transfers in downtown Fort Worth will move to the new Intermodal Transportation Center at Ninth and Jones streets beginning Sunday.






The Fort Worth Transportation Authority, known as the T, will have people available through a Transit Ambassador Program to assist those who are confused by the changes.






For more information about the changes or the Transit Ambassador Program, call the T's main number at (817) 215-8600.






ONLINE: www.the-T.com


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