After research, publicmeetings and recommendations, new service changes for the Denton CountyTransportation Authority are now in effect.
This latest batch of servicemodifications will affect Connect Route 2 in Denton, better serving passengersneeding to access the MedPark Station for an A-train connection.
In Lewisville, Connect Route21 has been modified to serve the Waters Ridge Business Park. Improvedconnections between Connect bus service and A-train service have also been madethroughout the system.
The changes are part of theannual service adjustments the agency makes in response to public feedback andsuggestions.
“Everything is going smoothlyso far,” said Kristina Brevard, vice president of marketing and communications.“We haven’t had an opportunity to get any feedback from passengers, [Mondaywas] the first day.”
Brevard said she and otheragency staff were looking forward to evaluating the changes after a few days.
“That will help us really geta good feel of the A-train to different Connect routes,” she said. “The firstcouple [of] weeks will be kind of our time to let passengers get their feel forthings and we will get a better feel for how things are going and if they likethem or not. The first day is really kind of hard to tell unless there issomething blatantly wrong, which, thankfully, that hasn’t been the case.”
One of the goals of theservice changes was to increase frequency of trips on the routes, somethingStevie and Chris Skidmore said they have not seen for themselves just yet.
They were among the number ofpeople in the Euline Brock Downtown Denton Transit Center waiting for busesTuesday afternoon. The two of them usually ride routes 6, 3, 2 and 7. Theyagreed they would like to see some more trips on Route 6.
“It would be easier to usethe system if there were more frequent routes,” Stevie Skidmore said.
Marissa Jones, a Universityof North Texas student who has mainly used Route 8 since last fall, said shemanaged the time between buses by taking an earlier bus to the campus and tothe transit center. She said she had not noticed changes in the service yet.
Other schedule modificationsextended to the A-train and include the late night trips on Friday and Saturdaybeing reallocated to allow for an earlier trip on Saturday morning. With theschedule changes, the last northbound Friday night train will depart TrinityMills at 10:24 p.m. and the southbound train will depart the Euline BrockDowntown Denton Transit Center at 11:15 p.m.
Saturday night trains willrun approximately 30 minutes later than the Friday night trains.
The weekday southbound traindeparting downtown Denton at 9:15 p.m. will remain to accommodate students andfaculty with night classes and others with later work schedules. Additionalminor schedule changes will be implemented to improve meet times for A-trainpassengers.
Brevard said the schedulechanges, which occur twice a year, have been historically smooth.
“We publish well before weimplement any changes and we get that feedback from passengers on what theywould like to see in the future,” she said. “I think we clearly vet all of thepossibilities and only implement what will work. We have a great process thatprovides great results for the passenger experience.”
BJ LEWIS can be reached at940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.