A-Train Creates Opportunities to Lower Impact

A Train Downtown Denton StationThe A-Train has been on track for over a month now and things are going great! With student and faculty discounts and access to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Green Line in Carrollton it is easy for students to save not only the environment but also their pocketbooks. There are two types of passes one can purchase; a local pass and a regional pass. Regional passes include access to DART’s Green Line so that riders can move easily around Dallas and Denton County.

Under the University Pass Program an annual regional pass will cost students just $600 and faculty will pay only $840. This is quite a price break and will help students and faculty all over Denton and Dallas County get to UNT (or Dallas) without paying for their own gas or maintenance on their car. Also riding the train will keep the miles off of the student or faulty member’s odometer and provide time for them to read a book, watch their favorite podcast or get some homework done on the way to school or work.

To save you some time, the Office of Sustainability crunched some numbers for you:  If you drive a fuel efficient car (say you get 32 miler per gallon), and are traveling from Lewisville to Denton round trip every day of the week, with current gas prices you would spend roughly $3,500 a year! Now, we know these factors don’t apply to everyone, but when you factor in car maintenance, insurance, and other expenses, the regional pass quickly becomes a more economic alternative to one’s daily commute.

The A-Train has 5 stations, two in Denton and three in Lewisville. You can catch the A-Train in Denton at either the MedPark station, located at 3220 Medpark Drive, or at the Downtown Denton Transit Center which is located at 604 E. Hickory. Trains start running at about 5:00 a.m. and run until about 12:00 a.m. You can find a complete train schedule at the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) website. Also at the website you can find all of the information needed to ride the train or other forms of public transportation and minimize your individual impact on the environment.