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DCTA to go public with plans

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By Bj Lewis / Staff Writer

Soon after new service changes take effect Monday, the Denton County Transportation Authority plans to make the public aware of some new plans for January.

The staff has planned several community open house events to alert passengers about some of the new plans.

Kristin Brevard, vice president of marketing and communications, said authority leaders would update the public on its projects, the “Go Pass” and “Where’s My Ride?” technology, the rail trail and the bus maintenance and operations facility.

The events will be held in Lewisville, Highland Village, the campuses of Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas and at the Downtown Denton Transit Center.

“The last time we did these, the Saturday community event in Denton was very, very well attended, probably the best ever,” Brevard said. “And the passengers liked the one-on-one interaction instead of the ‘death by PowerPoint.’”

She said extra effort was being made to advertise to the students with meetings on their campuses.

 “Those are a little more difficult to get participation. We’re really hoping to get more on campuses because we have something [that is] very important to the student body,” she said.

DCTA is considering changes to the way tickets are purchased through the University Pass Program. Brevard said DCTA staff is looking at a couple of different ideas, to keep the passes purchasable each semester or annually or make it more of a day pass.

“Currently they can purchase by the semester or annually, but DART and the T don’t have that kind of program,” she said.

Some service changes that take effect Monday include more frequent routes on the Lewisville Connect service to provide more consistent frequency and making frequent pickups on Denton routes 1 and 6. Also the agency is adding a trip to the A-train’s midday schedule.

DCTA president Jim Cline said he and other officials encourage the public to attend and continue what has been an ongoing dialogue.

“We have some ideas and we want to get the public to tell us what they think, and that will shape the budget and how we proceed in [fiscal year] 2014,” Cline said.

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.

DCTA Meeting Schedule

Here are the upcoming meetings about the Denton County Transportation Authority’s service changes:

Sept. 4, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Texas Woman’s University

Student Union, Room 207

Accessible via Connect bus routes 4, 5 and 6

Sept. 4, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Highland Village Council Chamber

1000 Highland Village Road, Highland Village

Sept. 5, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

University of North Texas

Gateway Center, Room 42

Accessible via UNT Shuttle routes and Connect bus routes 7, 8 and 9

Sept. 5, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Lewisville Municipal Annex

1197 W. Main St., Lewisville

Accessible via Connect route 23

Sept. 7, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Downtown Denton Transit Center

604 E. Hickory St., Denton

Accessible via A-train and all Denton Connect bus routes