On November 8, 1983, Fort Worth voters approved a dedicated sales tax that created the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, a political subdivision under the state of Texas. The goal was to provide stable funding and expanded transit services for the 5.2 million annual riders who previously depended on CITRAN to move about their growing city. Richland Hills and Blue Mound joined The T a few years later.
Since 1983, annual ridership has nearly doubled to 9.6 million, as The T has expanded bus services, added vanpools, partnered to launch the Trinity Railway Express, the first passenger railroad in the Southwest and, in recent years, has initiated special transit partnerships such as Northeast Transportation Service in northeast Tarrant County, service in Arlington and for the development of TEX Rail, with funding partners Fort Worth, Grapevine and Tarrant County.
Since The T's 25th Anniversary, service additions, enhancements and expansions include Molly the Trolley, Arlington MAX service to and from TRE CentrePort Station, a T and DART partnership and TEX Rail's Phase 1 between downtown Fort Worth and DFW Airport.