Get a Free DCTA Ride to the 2018 Thin Line Festival

Apr 09, 2018

DCTA will offer free rides for people attending the 2018 Thin Line Festival. As the official transportation sponsor, DCTA will host a free ride promotion in which festival goers can ride the A-train and Connect Bus system at no cost from Wednesday, April 18, through Saturday, April 21. As a reminder, parking is free at all DCTA A-train stations and the agency does not operate service on Sundays.


In order to take advantage of DCTA’s free ride promotion during the Thin Line Festival, event goers must do the following:

  • Show their printed festival registration confirmation or a festival confirmation on their mobile phone or tablet to our bus and rail operators for their initial trip to the festival
  • After people receive their general admission wristband or VIP badge at the event, they can show those to our bus and rail operators to get free rides for the remainder of the festival

The only services that qualify for DCTA’s free ride promotion are the A-train and Connect Bus system in Denton and Lewisville. The promotion is not valid for other DCTA services including Campus Shuttles, Highland Village Connect Shuttle and Community On-Demand, Collin County Transit, Frisco Demand-Response, Access and vanpool.


Getting to the Thin Line Festival riding DCTA is convenient and easy. Check out the information below to see how you can get to the festival:

Denton County Resident

If you live in Denton County, ride DCTA’s A-train and transfer to Denton Connect Routes 7 or 8 to get to the festival at no additional cost when you show your festival general admission wristband or VIP badge to DCTA operators. If you’re a Denton resident, you can just ride Denton Connect Routes 7 or 8. As a reminder, don’t forget to check the last A-train and Connect Bus times when planning your festival trip. Event goers can also use DCTA’s Transit Tracker system to find and track their ride.

Non-Denton County Resident

If you live outside of Denton County and are taking the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to transfer to DCTA, you will need to purchase a DART local system pass ($5) for that portion of your trip. When you transfer to DCTA, you can ride the rest of the way to the festival free using DCTA’s A-train and Denton Connect Bus Routes 7 or 8 when you show your festival general admission wristband or VIP badge to DCTA operators. When planning your trip, make sure to utilize DCTA’s Transit Tracker system and keep in mind the transfer times between DCTA and DART to ensure you make it back to your desired destination.

Free DCTA Shuttle Service for Denton Arts & Jazz Festival

Apr 04, 2018

DCTA will provide free shuttle service for the 2018 Denton Arts & Jazz Festival on Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29. In addition to free event shuttle service, DCTA will operate regular A-train and Connect Bus service during the festival (no Sunday service) and will provide one additional late-night train on Friday night that will depart the Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC) at 12:30 a.m. (Saturday morning). As a reminder, parking is free at all DCTA A-train stations.


Anyone can ride DCTA’s free shuttle service that will pick up passengers from the MedPark Station and drop them off at Quakertown Park (festival location). The shuttle will run every 30 minutes. Below are key dates and times of DCTA’s free shuttle service:

  • Friday, April 27 – shuttle service begins at 3 p.m. and the last shuttle from the festival to MedPark Station departs at midnight
  • Saturday, April 28 – shuttle service begins at 9:30 a.m. and the last shuttle from the festival to MedPark Station departs at midnight
  • Sunday, April 29 – shuttle service begins at 10:30 a.m. and the last shuttle from the festival to MedPark Station departs at 10:30 p.m.

If you’re taking the A-train to connect to DCTA’s free shuttle service, please plan your trip in advance to ensure you don’t miss your train. DCTA’s A-train schedule is available here.


Getting to the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival using public transportation is convenient and easy. Check out the information below to see which public transportation and fare options you can take to get to the festival:

Denton County Resident

  • If you live in Denton County and want to take our A-train and free shuttle service to get to the festival, you can purchase a $6 local day pass and ride our A-train to MedPark Station to get to the festival
  • If you’re a Denton resident, you can ride Denton Connect Routes 5 and 6 to get to the festival

Non-Denton County Resident

  • If you live outside of Denton County, you can visit the Denton Arts & Jazz festival transportation site for more details on how to ride the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) or Trinity Metro to connect to our system to get to the festival
  • In addition, you will need to purchase a $10 regional day pass to use all regional public transportation systems

April 2018 Public Meetings

Mar 30, 2018

The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) will host a series of open house meetings in April to share major agency projects and initiatives, including: regional fare changes, August 2018 service changes, Access policies and procedures, EPA Brownfields assessments grant, A-train Rail Trail, and job access and connectivity opportunities. The come-and-go meetings will give the public an opportunity to speak with individual DCTA staff members about the presented topics.

View the Presented Topics.

Top Reasons to Attend

DCTA has numerous projects happening in the next couple of months and needs rider feedback to enhance service and projects for the many communities the agency serves. Below are specific highlights for some of the topics that will be discussed during the meetings:

Regional Fare Changes: 

  • proposed 20 percent fare increase for regional fares based on the region’s decision to increase fares

August 2018 Service Changes: 

  • ​Proposed service changes in Lewisville (going from two routes to four routes and an on-demand zone)
  • Proposed changes to the Eagle Point route (UNT Campus Shuttle) that will provide additional access to the campus
  • Proposed new route and on-demand zones to provide additional connection between Denton and Alliance

​Dates and Locations

Monday, April 16, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Lewisville City Hall Lobby
151 W Church St.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Downtown Denton Transit Center Lobby
604 East Hickory St.

Highland Village
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Highland Village City Hall Lobby
1000 Highland Village Road

Everyone is welcome to atend the open house meetings. Persons with hearing, sight or translation interprative service needs are asked to contact DCTA at least five (5) business days in advance of the specific meeting at 940.243.0077 or via email at so that DCTA can accomodate requests.

Click the image titled "April 2018 Open House Meeting Topics" to view the presentation in its entirety. If you wish to view a specific section of the presentation each topic is posted below for your convenience.

We look forward to hearing your feedback. If you are unable to attend one of our scheduled public meetings, please provide your feedback via the online form below.


April 2018 Open House Meeting Presentation






DCTA Brownfield Remediation Project

Mar 21, 2018

In May 2017, DCTA was selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive funding for brownfield site revitalization efforts. The agency received one hazardous substance grant and one petroleum grant, totaling $178,200 in funding.

The grants will be used for environmental assessment at a site on State Highway 121 in Lewisville, Texas. Activities will focus on a vacant tract of 46 acres formerly used as farm land, a gravel mine, a junkyard and a landfill. These initial steps towards redeveloping vacant and unused properties help transform the sites to productive reuse, benefiting the community and the local economy.

About the EPA Brownfield Project

EPA’s Brownfields Program provides grants and technical assistance to communities, states, tribes and others to assess, safely clean up and sustainably reuse contaminated properties. A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment.

Since its inception in 1995, EPA's Brownfields Program has grown into a proven, results-oriented program that has changed the way contaminated property is perceived, addressed, and managed. EPA's Brownfields Program is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields.

Learn more about the program here.

Promotional A-train Free Fare Zones

Sep 27, 2017

DCTA launched new promotional “free fare” zones along the A-train commuter rail line in an effort to support riders and their travel behaviors. The rail line between the Downtown Denton Transit Center and the MedPark Station, as well as between the Hebron Station and the Trinity Mills Station, no longer requires a paid fare. The area between the MedPark Station and the Hebron Station is the new DCTA fare enforcement zone where passengers will need to have a local or regional pass to ride.

The A-train free fare zones is a promotion only and not an official fare change. DCTA fare prices have remained the same where the appropriate fare media is required. The new promotion is a part of DCTA’s ongoing strategic efforts to provide passengers with both local and regional mobility solutions.

Listed below are specific rider benefits for the new promotional A-train free fare zones:

  • University of North Texas (UNT) students will now have the option to park at MedPark Station and take the Colorado Express shuttle directly to the campus, or ride the A-train to the Downtown Denton Transit Center and board Denton Connect Routes 7 or 8 directly to the campus.
  • Riders who want to travel to the Dallas Area Rapid Green (DART) Green Line from DCTA’s Hebron Station now can do so at no cost. Passengers transferring to the DART Green Line will still need to purchase DART local fare.
  • People who travel to downtown Denton can utilize this promotion to park at MedPark Station and ride the A-train to get into the downtown area to avoid parking hassles.

Shaping Our Future

Sep 17, 2015

Denton County is preparing for dramatic population growth, with a projected population of more than one million residents by the year 2030. With this impending growth it is DCTA’s commitment to offer more alternative transportation options to improve the quality of life where our residents live, work and play. Your continued support and investment is vital for the agency to provide people with access to jobs, schools, entertainment, recreation and other life activities. Join DCTA in shaping our community’s future by designing a more robust system to meet the increasing transportation needs of Denton County.

Benefits of Transit

Case for Transit
DCTA is keeping Denton County open for business. Since opening in 2011, the A-train commuter rail service has attracted new professionals and businesses, spurred new market investment, and expanded the countywide tax base while providing an alternative form of transportation to address air quality and cost-of-living. In addition to other countywide strengths, including a high quality of life, skilled workforce and a welcoming environment to new land development, the A-train has helped to build the local economy.

With the assistance of The Antero Group, an innovative and nationally recognized planning and engineering consulting firm, DCTA leveraged local and national statistical sources and conducted case studies of local transit-oriented development to share the business case for transit in Denton County.

Regional Express Corridors

Expansion Opportunity
The Regional Express Corridor Plan is comprised of four proposed corridors throughout Denton County envisioned to be served by a premier over-the-road coach fleet. DCTA envisions an array of on-board amenities to transform the way passengers travel.

On-Call Flex Service

New Product Development
DCTA is implementing flexible and convenient travel option for passengers to reach their final destination. This On-Call Flex Service will complement other available DCTA services including the regional express service, commuter rail service and local-fixed route bus service.

Comprehensive Operational Analysis

Existing Service Enhancement
This analysis identified service changes to existing bus services that would maintain strongest areas of existing service, strengthen the weaker areas, fill existing service gaps and ensure all significant transit markets are well served. DCTA completed the analysis with Denton, Lewisville and Highland Village. In addition, DCTA partnered with the University of North Texas on their Parking & Transportation Master Plan to identify campus parking solutions and UNT Shuttle service improvements.