Denton County Transportation Authority
Denton County Transportation Authority's Connect shuttle
|Headquarters||1955 Lakeway Drive #260, Lewisville, Texas 75057|
|Service area||Denton, Highland Village, Lewisville|
|Service type||Bus, Demand Response, Commuter Rail|
|Routes||9 UNT, 8 Denton, 3 Lewisville, 1 NCTC|
|Daily ridership||13,840 (Average weekday)|
|Fuel type||Primarily diesel|
The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) is the transit authority that operates in Denton County, Texas. It operates bus service in three cities within Denton County, as well as the A-train, a regional commuter rail line to Carrollton.
DCTA was created in accordance with House Bill 3323, under Chapter 460 of the Texas Transportation Code, approved by the 77th Texas Legislature and signed into law by the Governor in 2001. On November 5, 2002, the voters in Denton County approved the confirmation of DCTA by 73%. The DCTA Board of Directors represents every geographic area of the county.
In 2006, DCTA absorbed LINK, the mass transit service operated by the City of Denton since 2002. LINK's bus routes were absorbed into DCTA's local Denton services (now called Connect). Paratransit services in the three member cities were also absorbed and renamed DCTA Access. Neither Lewisville nor Highland Village (the other current members of DCTA) operated bus lines prior to DCTA's formation.
The following cities voted to join the DCTA on September 13, 2003 and levy a half cent sales tax to finance the system.
No other cities have joined the DCTA since its inception, and none of the original cities have elected to withdraw.
The Denton County Transportation Authority is governed by a 14-member board appointed by respective entities:
- Three members are appointed by "small cities" (population ≤ 17,000)
- Eight members are appointed by "large cities" (population > 17,000)
- Two members are appointed from unincorporated areas of the county
- One member represents the county at-large
Although a DCTA Board member must reside in Denton County, the member does not have to reside in a DCTA-member city.
All members serve two-year terms. Board members must have professional experience in the field of transportation, business, government, engineering or law. In accordance with DCTA By-laws, the Board adopts the annual operating budget and is responsible for setting policy. The president oversees the day-to-day operations of the DCTA and implements policies set forth by the Board.
The Denton County Transportation Authority offers several services to the general public in the Greater Lewisville and Denton area. These services include fixed-route service in Denton and Lewisville, an on-demand service in Highland Village, shuttle routes serving UNT and NCTC, and a regional commuter service connecting Denton, Lewisville, Carrollton, and downtown Dallas. Additionally, DCTA offers demand response/paratransit service in Denton, Lewisville, and Highland Village.
DCTA Connect offers local fixed-route services operating in the cities of Lewisville and Denton. The routes were configured to provide easy access to many destinations within these cities.
DCTA currently operates nine routes in Denton (numbered 1 through 9), three routes in Lewisville (numbered 21 through 23), and an on-demand service called Connect RSVP in Highland Village.
DCTA also operates seven shuttles that serve University of North Texas students:
- Mean Green
- North Texan
- Discovery Park
- Eagle Point
- Bernard Street
- Colorado Express
- Centre Place
DCTA offers curb to curb ADA paratransit service in Denton and Lewisville and demand-response (Non-ADA) service in Lewisville, Highland Village, and Denton for disabled and elderly (65 years and older) patrons.
ADA Paratransit service is provided within three-quarters of a mile on either side of the Connect local fixed routes in Lewisville and Denton. All other trips within the service area are classified as Non-ADA. Non-ADA demand response trips are provided on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to capacity constraints.
DCTA operates the A-train, a regional passenger rail line connecting Carrollton and Denton, to meet growing transportation demands in eastern Denton County. The A-train parallels Interstate 35E and is a logical extension with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Green Line at Trinity Mills Station in Carrollton.
DCTA ridership fluctuates greatly with the academic calendar, as a considerable portion of passengers are UNT and TWU students, faculty, and staff. As an example, DCTA average daily fixed-route ridership in September 2008 (during the fall semester at UNT and TWU) was 13,840 passenger trips, while in July 2009 (outside the main academic periods) it was 2,695.
- Peterson, Matt (June 20, 2011). "A-train railway begins rolling, carrying commuters from Denton to Carrollton". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on July 1, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2011.