United Way strives to make a lasting impact in the community by inspiring and starting programs that flourish long after they have left the launch pad. That’s why we are excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of HEB Transit, a service that we helped establish. HEB Transit is operated by Catholic Charities and provides transportation-disadvantaged individuals in Hurst, Euless and Bedford with trips to job interviews, job training and employment destinations.
A 2004 United Way assessment found that transportation was the most critical need for many Northeast Tarrant County residents. As a result of that study, Northeast Tarrant community officials and volunteers established HEB Transit. The Texas Workforce Commission has recognized the project as the best example statewide of a coordinated effort to improve service to workers.
“HEB Transit is a lifeline to financial stability for those in the area who would have no transportation to and from work otherwise. We are proud of its nearly 10 years of service to this community,” said United Way-Northeast Regional Director Dr. Faye Beaulieu.
HEB Transit provided 5,287 trips during its 9th year of operation in 2014-2015 at an average cost of $16.17. That was one of the lowest per-trip costs in the local transit arena. Throughout its first decade of service, it has provided almost 43,000 trips and increased its hours of operation to 108 hours a week.
Christian Connection, Mission Central, NEED Center East, St. John the Apostle Catholic Church and 6 Stones Mission Network provide financial support for HEB Transit and also distribute passes to people who qualify for the service based on need. The three cities, Tarrant County and Catholic Charities also help to fund the service.