Changes are coming soon for Denton County Transportation Authority riders, according to a DCTA news release, including more efficient services in Highland Village.
Effective Aug. 27, DCTA will implement service changes that will provide enhanced mobility options and improved connectivity within DCTA’s service area, as well as two fare promotions focused on increasing accessibility and ridership, the news release said.
DCTA will discontinue its Highland Village Community On-Demand service and expand its Lyft discount program to serve this area, according to DCTA. Riders who used DCTA’s Highland Village Community On-Demand service will now be able to utilize the agency’s Lyft discount program in which the agency will provide up to a $10 sponsored-discount for each trip.
The program will operate Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., excluding major holidays. The existing Highland Village Lyft Zone service area will remain the same for service operation.
Also, the Highland Village Connect Shuttle is going to a 30-minute frequency for more efficient operations.
“Conducting service changes provides us with the opportunity to enhance our system and remove potential obstacles that may hinder people from riding,” said Jim Cline. “Our August 2018 service changes align with our goal of providing safe and efficient mobility solutions to better meet the needs of our riders, community members and partners.”
DCTA also plans to implement significant changes to Denton Connect Route 8 to allow for better connectivity with the A-train and serve the southern portion of the University of North Texas campus as well as areas on Eagle Drive.
Passengers will see minor schedule tweaks to Denton Connect Routes 1, 6 and 7 that will improve efficiency and connectivity between other DCTA services, according to the news release.
DCTA will also expand the North Texan and Eagle Point UNT Campus Shuttle routes. The North Texan will be rerouted to provide more frequent service to Victory Hall and serve the new parking spaces at Apogee Stadium. The Eagle Point route will serve Maple, Kerr, Honors and Victory Halls, providing additional capacity for the campus circulators as well as providing a one-seat ride for students who reside at Victory Hall to the General Academic Building and UNT Union.
In addition, the agency will reroute its North Texas Xpress Route 64 by removing sections of the route that served University Drive and adding service to UNT’s Fouts Field, according to the news release. This service update will provide a one-seat ride for students, faculty and staff and make for a seamless connection to the North Texas Xpress service.
In conjunction with the above service changes, DCTA is rolling out two new promotions to increase ridership:
- University A-train Promotion – DCTA is providing UNT, Texas Woman’s University and North Central Texas College students, faculty and staff with free A-train rides between the Trinity Mills Station in Carrollton and the Downtown Denton Transit Center. This new promotion will be valid Aug. 27 through Jan. 14, 2019.
- Local Fare Promotion – In an effort to offset regional fare increases, DCTA is launching a local fare promotion effective Aug. 27 through Jan. 14, 2019. DCTA’s Local Fare Promotion will consist of reduced ticket prices across all DCTA local fares – giving riders the option to save on cost by purchasing two local passes vs one regional pass. Regional fares will be increased across all three public transit agencies – Dallas Area Rapid Transit, DCTA and Trinity Metro. A cheat sheet guide will be made available for passengers to learn the best methods for saving on their overall travel cost.