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Consistency the reason for DCTA A-Train fare changes

Consistency the reason for DCTA A-Train fare changes

January 15
21:26 2013

Ben Peyton / Senior Staff Writer

The Denton County Transportation Authority issued A-Train fare changes as of January 14 to keep a consistent rate with the fluctuating fares of the surrounding transportation systems, Fort Worth’s T and Dallas’ Dart.

The DCTA board of directors approved the changes in October, which include increases to the monthly regional passes from $120 to $160, and regional annual pass will increase from $1,200 to $1,600 while the local annual pass will remain at $650.

The University Pass Program is available for students and employees of UNT, North Central Texas College, and Texas Woman’s University. Student semester passes are $125 and employee semester passes are $170.

“While we initially didn’t want to see an increase in fares, we think we’ve developed a scenario that accomplishes the objective of regional connectivity while also allowing opportunity to increase ridership,” said Dee Leggett vice president of program development for DCTA.

Other changes include one-way passes being replaced with local two-hour passes for unlimited travel in the two-hour time frame. The University Pass Program fares have decreased and reduced fares, which are generally discounted prices for seniors over 65, the disabled and Medicare cardholders and children, have increased, said DCTA marketing and communications manager Kristina Brevard.

“To be more aligned with the industry standard, DCTA will increase the rates for our reduced fare in hopes to improve cost recovery,” said Jarod Varner, vice president of transit operations in a press release.

The DCTA A-Train, The Dart and The T are all bound by a reciprocal fare agreement, a mutual agreement to keep constant fare prices within the area, which would allow a passenger to travel between the systems at no additional cost.

No midday passes, which were approved by the board of directors, were made available during the new fare rates and will have to be approved or disapproved at a later date, Brevard said.

“No fare increases are expected in the near future, and DCTA assumes a fare increase every five years,” Leggett said.

All new fare prices can be found at DCTA.com, and a discount on the University Pass Program can be found on their Facebook page.

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