Bikes and Transit/Bring Your Bikes

Bikes on DCTA Vehicles

DCTA will accommodate bikes on transit vehicles whenever possible on a space available basis. Any passenger may use the bike racks on the front of many DCTA buses. Bikes may be taken on-board the A-train and on buses not equipped with exterior racks. If priority seating is needed for passengers, bike owners may be asked to move, wait for the next trip, or utilize one of the bike racks located at the DDTC or any A-train station.

On Buses

Most of our buses are equipped with a bike rack located on the exterior front of the bus.
 

Before Attaching Your Bike to the Rack

  • Wait for bus to come to a complete stop
  • Always signal driver
  • Allow others to unload their bikes before loading yours
  • Remove loose items or valuables from bike

Loading Your Bike on the Bus

  • Squeeze handle on the top of the rack and lower it parallel to the ground
  • Place bike in the rack closest to the bus
  • Lift bar over bike wheels to secure it

Unloading

  • Wait for bus to come to a complete stop
  • Exit through front door and tell bus operator that you will unload bike
  • Make sure driver sees you before stepping in front of vehicle
  • Remove bars from wheels and lift bike off rack
  • If rack is empty, push it back up toward the bus until locked

On the A-train

Bikes are always allowed inside the A-train, which is equipped with interior bike hooks near the ADA-compliant seats.

Loading Your Bike on the Train 

  • Wheel bike on board train
  • Pick up bike and place one wheel on hook
  • If the rack is full, alert the rail operator and they will escort you to another rail car to load your bike on an open rack.

Unloading Your Bike from the Train

  • Wait for train to come to a complete stop
  • Be aware of those around you
  • Carefully remove bike from rack by lifting it up and off hook
  • Wheel bike to the nearest exit
  • Do not ride bike on board or on station platforms

A-train Rail Trail

The A-train Rail Trail is part of the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ regional Veloweb trail system, a 1,728-mile network of existing and planned off-street, shared-use paths designed for use by bicyclists, pedestrians, and other non-motorized forms of active transportation in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Once completed, the A-train Rail Trail will help provide access to recreational opportunities and other municipally-owned trails and provide a safe, affordable transportation alternative for local travel.

There are three total phases for the completion of the A-train Rail Trail:

  • Phase One (Denton Branch Rail Trail) – The original nine miles of the trail (Denton Branch Rail Trail), from the Downtown Denton Transit Center to Swisher Road, was completed in conjunction with the A-train construction in 2011.
  • Phase Two (Lewisville Hike and Bike Trail) – DCTA completed the four miles from the Hebron Station to Mill and Jones in downtown Lewisville in 2016 (phase two of the first section). Plans for the trail from the Highland Village/Lake Lewisville Station to downtown Lewisville are under final review at TxDOT, and construction is expected to begin fall 2018.
  • Phase Three (Connecting Phase One and Two) – The portion of the trail between Swisher Road and the Highland Village/Lake Lewisville Station is under construction by AGL Constructors and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), with completion expected before the end of 2018.

The A-train Rail Trail will connect each of the agency’s rail stations and provide pedestrians and bicyclists a safe opportunity to travel the entire trail or take a break and ride the A-train or Connect bus.