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Board to approve bus route study

Board to approve bus route study

Board to approve bus route study
September 10
23:28 2014

Steven James / Staff Writer

Denton County Transportation Association’s Board of Directors will vote Sept. 25 to approve a study for the 2015 fiscal year to test whether a bus route from Denton to Fort Worth would be feasible.

DCTA president Jim Cline said the idea came from the increasing number of people who travel to Fort Worth and back for school and work. He also said the increase in businesses and construction along I-35W could be a growth corridor for DCTA.

“Whatever we do has to make financial sense,” he said.

DCTA’s budget committee has proposed $30.6 million for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. Because the scope of the project is not yet determined, the cost for the study will not be official until the board meeting.

Other DCTA projects for the 2015 fiscal year include improving transportation software, replacing the wheels on train cars and expanding Denton bus routes.

The different phases and methods for the study have not been determined, but Cline said that passengers who use Denton public transportation, the A-Train and Fort Worth public transportation might be surveyed so that DCTA staff members can better understand the travel patterns of people who use public transportation.

If the study is successful, DCTA officials will then be able to map out possible areas for the new bus route.

Cline said the end goal of the project is to construct a bus route that goes from the UNT main campus directly to the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

He also said that if the public would like to give feedback on the progress of the project, they may share opinions through DCTA’s social media.

Dean of students Maureen McGuinness said she thinks a new bus route along I-35W could be beneficial, not only for DCTA, but for the environment as well.

“I think that we always need to look at how to minimize our carbon footprint, and offering the bus will give people the opportunity to do that,” McGuinness said. “It will cut down on our parking issues.”

She said she does not know how many students the project might affect, but she trusts DCTA to do the proper research before deciding to go forward with constructing the bus route.

Biology freshman Yvan Tang, who lives in Fort Worth, said she leaves at 6:30 a.m. every weekday to avoid traffic and to arrive on time for her 8 a.m. classes.

She said she has not had trouble getting to class on time, but that more construction could change that.

“I think it would cause more problems, because everyone has their different college schedules,” Tang said. “I don’t feel like many people would take the bus because buses would need to run on a schedule, and sometimes people just want their own car to go eat or run errands or go home a certain time instead of just being taken straight to school and back home.”

Featured Image: The A Train rolls into the station located to 604 E. Hickory St. across from City Hall. Photo by Harris Buchanan – Intern Photographer

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