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1,100 parking spots, new bus transfer station to come to campus

1,100 parking spots, new bus transfer station to come to campus

1,100 parking spots, new bus transfer station to come to campus
August 25
17:00 2018

More than 1,000 new parking spaces and a new bus transfer station are slated to be built upon completion of the demolition of Fouts Field, UNT officials said.

“The demolition of Fouts Field was a part of the long-term planning for Apogee Stadium,” said Traci Jones, UNT system project manager for the Fouts Project. “This is not a ‘just-now’ decision. The events held at Fouts are now facilitated by Apogee and the new track and field stadium.”

The plans for the Fouts Project include demolishing the remaining concourse, removing the track and field and then preparing the area for a new parking lot. The parking lots already existing to the east of Risk Management will be resurfaced and restriped. Along with creating additional parking, the new bus transfer station will be built in that area.

“The biggest benefit from this project is the 1,100 additional parking spaces,” Jones said. “The bus transfer station benefits the school, students and the citizens of Denton because this facility serves city bus routes as well as campus routes.”

Digital retail and merchandising senior Alexis Williams believes that the additional parking will be of significant help to students.

“It would help a lot of people with getting to class,” Williams said. “I often leave 40 minutes early just to find a parking spot.”

When it comes to the new bus station, Williams sees both positives and negatives.

“I think there will be slight confusion at first, but overall, I see this as a positive for the Denton area and UNT students,” Williams said. “It will be easier for students to access their jobs that may not be on campus. I think pairing [the transfer station] with DCTA [routes] will be a great idea.”

English junior Kaycee Byers works off-campus and has used the buses to get around Denton since her freshman year.

“The new bus hub sounds awesome,” Byers said. “Especially for student workers who don’t drive, having this hub and transfer system available on campus rather than just the bus station is a lifesaver.”

Commutes to and from work used to be long for Byers.

“My commute to work my freshman year included two transfers and [took] a full hour, whereas this might solve that problem, depending on how many routes stop there,” Byers said. “I think the bus [fee] is one of the most valuable uses of our tuition, and it’s what has made life possible for me in Denton as a non-driver. I’m 1,000 percent [in support of] anything that makes it easier and more available for the public.”

The new bus transfer station will be completed with covered waiting areas, vending machines and restrooms, and will be built where buses already pick up and drop off students. The project will cost approximately $8.8 million to complete, and construction is set to be completed by August 2019.

Featured Image: Named after Theron J. Fouts, former athletic director and founder of UNT’s track and field program, Fouts Field remains in use for track and field events. Dillon Montes

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