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Future of Friday, Saturday night A-Train service being discussed
Daniel Bissell / Staff Writer
The Denton County Transportation Authority is discussing the possibility of discontinuing its late Friday and Saturday night A-train service to Carrollton’s Trinity Mills Station.
The times that are up for discussion include the Friday 11:55 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. southbound trips as well as the 12:37 a.m. northbound and 1:30 a.m. southbound trips. Discussions will take place on Thursday at the Highland Village Council Chamber.
Vice president of Program Development Dee Leggett said the DCTA is attempting to modify its weekend A-Train service to better fit the program’s budget while maintaining consideration for its riders.
“We’re considering how to reallocate to times that better serve our ridership,” Leggett said. “We’re a growing system, so we don’t yet have the money to provide transportation during times of lower frequency.”
Leggett said that the A-Train sees upwards of 100 riders per trip on most weekdays, but that the train will see one to seven passengers for late-night trips, which she said the system is struggling to support financially.
“The discussion at hand is not to reduce service overall, but to move certain trips to earlier time slots during the day,” she said.
The A-train is a 21-mile commuter rail system that connects Denton to Dallas County. DCTA has five A-train stations; two in Denton and three in Lewisville and also interfaces with DART at their Trinity Mills Station in Carrollton. From there, passengers may transfer to DART’s Green Line, which provides access to Downtown Dallas and the rest of the DART rail lines.
Some UNT students, such as economics senior Craig Williams, have used the A-Train to get to and from Dallas. Williams said he is an advocate for public transport expansion in the area.
“I would rather see the town put efforts toward expanding A-train service to Sundays to expand employment opportunities for students and other Denton residents,” Williams said.
DCTA president Jim Cline told the Denton Record-Chronicle that officials are trying to provide the best possible service for the system’s riders.
“As we go forward, that would be what we’re trying to look at,” Cline said. “This is a point in time where we’re trying to get input from the public and find out what they think. That’s a huge part of what we do and will definitely enter into the discussion as we go forward.”