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Denton County Transit Authority DCTA - Denton, TX

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I was in the DFW region for a short trip a couple weeks ago. While I was there I was able to swing through Denton, TX and check out the DCTA system.

The star of the system is the A-Train. This commuter line runs throughout the day and links downtown Denton and the Downtown Denton Transit Center to the DART (Dallas) Green Line light rail at Trinity Mills station. The service is operated by First Transit with Stadler Rail GTW DMU units. When I rode I only observed single unit trains running. I have seen photos of two unit sets however. I only got a couple of so-so pics of 102 as I wasn't waiting a half hour for another just to get another pic.

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DCTA Connect is the main fixed-route local bus service. There are 8 main routes serving Denton and 2 in Lewisville. From what I observed the Lewisville ones are likely operated with cutaway type buses. I spotted quite a few Ford Transit chassis cutaways at A Train stations while riding up to Denton. The Denton routes mostly run with 35' Gillig LF. A cutaway or an EZ Rider may also pop up on those routes however. And vice versa the Gilligs may show up on campus shuttles as well. I didn't get too many pics of the regular route buses as they have 20-50 minute frequencies and there really aren't dedicated pulse times at the DDTC.

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Finally there are the campus shuttle services. The bulk of the service is for UNT - University of North Texas, however there are also a couple shuttle lines for NCTC. (I didn't observe those, possibly run with cutaways?) The UNT shuttles are operated with a fleet of Champion CTS RE on Freightliner chassis and Eldo EZ Rider II BRT 35' units. A couple Gilligs were also seen on shuttles, 1712, and also 0704 posted above was on the DP. With the Champion units all sporting a UNT specific livery, I'm curious whether they are owned by the University vs. DCTA, or if they were previously contracted in a separate system. There are two main transfer points on the UNT campus, Fouts Field Transfer and Union Transfer. I got most of my pics around Union as the sun was perfect :)

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Overall an interesting system to see. I would have liked to ride around a bit more but I wanted to get down to Forth Worth. Plus most of the campus shuttles complete their loops in 10-15 minutes, so it's just the sames buses again if you wait around.

EDIT: I will also note I'm just assuming the first two digits on the bus fleet numbers are the year, but that may not be correct. If anyone has better info on that please comment.

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Apparently, the EZ-Rider II BRT's and the Chevy/Titan II LF cutaway are obtained from the failed fixed-route operation of Texoma Area Paratransit System/TAPS Public Transit.  They used to run in Allen and McKinney in Collin County (Another suburban Dallas county).  You can always refer to my TAPS gallery for comparison.

By the way, I also have a DCTA gallery in my Flickr collection.  It features mostly 2006 and 2011 Gillig LF's and also a Ford low-floor cutaway on a since-defunct Lewisville local service.  No UNT buses though, as I was in its operating territory during the July 4th weekend of 2015.   Here are my picture samples:

 

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Both Gillig's and the A-Train were pictured at the Downtown Denton Transit Center, while cutaway 1455 was pictured at the then Vista Ridge Mall (now renamed Music City Mall).

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