University of North Texas fans will be able to catch a free ride on the A-train to cheer on the Mean Green’s first bowl trip since 2004.
While service on New Year’s Day is not usually offered by the Denton County Transportation Authority, the agency is teaming up with UNT to provide a way for fans to get to and from the heavily anticipated game.
“When we found out we were playing in the Cotton Bowl, the first thing we were excited about was our fans to be able to ride all the way to the game. When we found out it wasJan. 1, not a day they run, we started having discussions with DCTA,” said Jamie Adams, assistant athletic director of marketing for UNT. “They were very excited to work with us and and bent over backwards to make this happen.”
DCTA will run a special game day service on the A-train down to Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Green Line for fans with passes obtained from DCTA or UNT, said Kristina Brevard, DCTA vice president of marketing and communications.
The passes needed to ride are free and, beginning Dec. 26, they can be picked up at either the UNT athletics ticket office or the Euline Brock Downtown Denton Transit Center. There is a strict limit on one pass per person, so each rider must pick up a pass in person.
The free part of the ride is only to the Green Line, once there, passengers will have to pay DART’s fare for a trip on the Green Line.
The A-train, which runs between downtown Denton and DART’s Trinity Mills Station, will depart from Denton promptly at 8:30 a.m. on game day, Brevard said.
The A-train will stop at the Trinity Mills Station, where passengers need to transfer to the southbound DART Green Line train. Passengers must present their transit pass to DART fare enforcement on the Green Line trains.
The Green Line train will arrive at the Fair Park Station at approximately 10:11 a.m., and the Cotton Bowl is a short walk from the station.
Passengers must have their pass for the return trip because it will need to be presented to DART’s fare enforcement on the return trip to Denton.
Officials are encouraging passengers to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow adequate time for parking.
Limited parking is available at the Downtown Denton Transit Center with ample parking available at the city’s public lot at Exposition and Hickory streets, Brevard said.
University officials will be looking at the number of people who pick up a pass to see whether or not there will be a need to talk with DCTA about a second trip.
“The worst thing we want to do is people show up for the train and not be able to ride,” Adams said. “And that everyone who has spent money to go to the bowl game and ride the train that they have a chance to.”
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