Denton County Transit Authority Kills Its Friday Night Service: What Does It Mean For Music Fans?

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The Denton Country Transit Authority (DCTA) board met last night to consider a number of service and schedule changes, but no item they discussed will get as much attention as their decision on Friday night service. The board met to consider offering additional mid-day runs and extending service on Saturday nights. However, in the midst of a heated discussion, they voted to kill Friday night service altogether.

The decision comes after a months-long debate, and against the desires of the DCTA staff, who presented numerous ideas on how to extend Friday night service to better meet the needs of riders, and take advantage of nightlife options in Denton and Dallas.Those ideas were ignored, however, in order to save an estimated $120,000, or roughly 0.47% of DCTA's yearly operating budget. As important as that money was to save, there are currently no plans for it.

On his blog, Denton City Council member Kevin Roden mourns the loss of potential the extended Friday night service, writing, "When building interest in public transportation in a state like Texas, you have to be patient and creative... We should be seeking new paths for selling public transportation to our car-centric culture."

And selling public transportation seems to be the sticking point. Public feedback told DCTA that mid-day service and extended Friday service was desired, but the board could put more solid estimates on the financial return of mid-day service. Yet one of the most common complaints about the A-Train's Friday schedule was that it didn't offer enough. Instead of fostering a vision of what the A-Train could be, DCTA has decided to play it safe. Those hoping for an option of public transit on Friday nights have been given a clear message: Just take your car.

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bill jones
bill jones

Very pathetic. I condemn that kind of behavior because it really sucks. Live you life rightly, damn.

BTS
BTS

If the trains are not there no one will be riding. So what is the point of having rail service if your not running the trains. Very short sighted people there. The point is to increase ridership not decrease it.

BadGuyZero
BadGuyZero

You can't use public transit in this area to go out. What happens at 2am when the clubs close? Your options are cab, walk, wait a few hours until transit service resumes (unless it's Saturday night in which case you're screwed due to limited service on Sunday) or drive. Public transit in North Texas caters to people who work 9-5 M-F. Unless you live in Arlington. They only want people who have their own vehicle to live there.

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

Simple, they don't want poor people as well.

Timetomoveon
Timetomoveon

That is public transportation in nearly every area of the world that has it. It's definitely not exclusive to here. 

The fact that a city with as low a density of Denton is even trying to have light rail is foolish to begin with.

Timetomoveon
Timetomoveon

Obviously it doesn't mean anything to them. Otherwise they would have used it. Right?

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