DCTA set to increase some fares

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Denton County Transportation Authority customers are set to see a bump in some local and regional fares.

Fare increases were recommended to keep up with fare changes at Dallas Area Rapid Transit and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (the T), with which the DCTA is in a partnership. Fare changes will be effective Jan. 14, though no changes will be made to Connect, Connect RSVP or Access fares.

“We did have three public meetings on this, receiving feedback and through social media. While [transit users] certainly don’t like the increase in fares, they do value the importance of the regional system,” said Jim Cline, DCTA president.

One of the new initiatives will allow passengers on DCTA’s local system to buy a two-hour pass instead of a one-way pass, allowing unlimited travel during that two-hour period. DCTA also is implementing a midday pass to encourage travel during that time. This new pass is valid for unlimited travel from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a weekday.

Those two new passes are valid on the A-train, Connect bus service, Connect RSVP and UNT Shuttle, and are only available from ticket vending machines at the five A-train stations.

Cline said the two-hour pass does two things. It gives riders more options over the shorter time of the one-way passes, and it helps standardize the passes alongside DCTA’s transit partners.

“When we look at what DART and the T are doing, it makes it easy for everyone to understand and build that picture of a seamless transit system,” Cline said.

Passengers regularly traveling the regional system will see an increase in the monthly and annual regional day pass retail rate. DCTA officials are touting the benefits of the university pass program or DCTA bulk pass program, as rates within those programs will not increase in 2013.

The 2013 fare structure also will implement changes to the reduced fares available for seniors over the age of 65, the disabled, Medicare cardholders and children. A new reduced annual pass will be offered in addition to slightly higher reduced fares on the local and regional systems.

“We do think we have a good balance to address keeping the solid, seamless system and at the same time providing new options and sustaining the old options to serve our citizens,” Cline said.

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875. His e-mail address is blewis@dentonrc.com .

CHANGES TO DCTA FARES

 

Current

Effective Jan. 14

Local system two-hour pass

N/A

$3

Local system two-hour pass reduced

$0.85

$1.25

Local system day pass

$6

No change

Local system day pass reduced

$2

$2.50

Local system midday pass

N?A

$1.75

Local system day pass 10-pack

$40

No change

Local system weekly pass

$25

No change

Local system monthly pass

$90

No change

Local system monthly pass reduced

$32

$40

Local system annual pass

$650

No change

Summer youth pass

$30

No change

Regional two-hour pass

$5

No change

Regional two-hour pass reduced

$0.85

$1.25

Regional day pass

$10

No change

Regional day pass reduced

$2

$2.50

Regional midday pass

N/A

$3.50

Regional day pass 10-pack

$70

No change

Regional weekly pass

$50

No change

Regional monthly pass

$120

$160

Regional monthly pass reduced

$32

$40

Regional annual pass

$1,200

$1,600

Regional annual pass reduced

N/A

$480

SOURCE: Denton County Transportation Authority

 


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