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DCTA's University A-train Free Ride Promotion

Students walking onto A-train

Starting Monday, August 27, University of North Texas (UNT), Texas Woman’s University (TWU) and North Central Texas College (NCTC) students, faculty and staff can ride the Denton County Transportation Authority’s (DCTA) A-train commuter rail for free between the Trinity Mills Station in Carrollton, TX and the Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC). DCTA’s university A-train fare promotion will be valid August 27, 2018, through January 14, 2019.


How to Get Free A-train Rides

Taking advantage of DCTA’s new university local fare promotion is simple. UNT, TWU and NCTC students, faculty and staff will present their valid university identification card to A-train operators to ride free. Those who plan to transfer to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) at the Trinity Mills Station will need to purchase or have appropriate DART fare on hand for that portion of their trip.


“Our university partners are a significant component to our business,” said Jim Cline, DCTA President. “This promotion provides an opportunity for DCTA to give back to some of our valued partners and align our efforts with DCTA’s ongoing strategic plan and immediate goal to increase ridership.”


Increased Mobility Options for University Students, Faculty and Staff

DCTA currently provides many great mobility options for its university partners. For UNT and NCTC, DCTA operates Campus Shuttles that connect to the agency’s Connect Bus system and A-train stations. TWU students can ride DCTA’s Connect Bus system significantly reduced rate by purchasing discounted passes exclusively at the TWU Student Union.


The agency’s new university local fare promotion will provide an added benefit and transit alternative by providing free A-train access in addition to the current mobility options available to university students, faculty and staff.

If the university A-train fare promotion is extended past January 14, 2019, DCTA will properly notify riders in advance.

Prior purchases of fares and passes are not eligible for a refund. Fares and passes purchased during the promotion are not eligible for a refund. The University A-train Promotion is a temporary promotion only.

For direct media inquires, please contact:

Adrienne Hamilton,

Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications

Direct Line: 972.316.6114

Mobile: 214.497.6166


Kayla Laird,

Communications Coordinator

Direct Line: 972.315.6124

Mobile: 469-647-0071