Do you ever need or want to go to Dallas from UNT? If you have time to spare and want to save money, public transportation is a viable option! This guide is written mainly with TAMS students in mind, but I’ve also added some tips for the general public.
Prerequisites (for TAMS students): your UNT ID card and your gray “Reduced Fare” ID card.
Step 1: If you’re closer to the Art Building, then go to the southeast corner of Welch and Mulberry (NB Welch @ Mulberry) and wait. Or, if you’re closer to the UNT Union, go to the southeast corner of Welch and W Prairie St (NB Welch @ Prairie) and wait (it’s near the south terminus of Union Circle, across from the Wooten parking lot).
Step 2: Take either DCTA Connect Route 7 or 8 to the Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC). Swipe your UNT ID card. Or, if you don’t have one, bring exact change for $3.00 for a 2-hour pass.
Step 3: At the DDTC, purchase a regional day pass (not local) regardless of what fare you’ve just paid for the bus. For TAMS students, this will cost $2.50 with your reduced fare pass. Your UNT ID card does NOT suffice as a valid fare item on the A-Train. For everyone else, the price is $10.
Step 4: Once you’ve purchased your regional day pass, hop on board the A-Train.
Step 5: At the terminus of the A-Train, Trinity Mills Station, transfer to the adjacent DART Green Line.
Step 6: Get off at whichever stop suits you the best. The four downtown stations are: West End, Akard, St. Paul, and Pearl/Arts District. You can then transfer to DART buses with the regional day pass you bought back at the DDTC.
Step 7: Once you’re ready to go back to Denton, get back on the Green Line heading for North Carrollton/Frankford Station.
Step 8: Be very careful—remember, the A-Train transfer happens at Trinity Mills Station, not at the Green Line’s northern terminus (North Carrollton/Frankford). Trinity Mills Station is the station before North Carrollton/Frankford.
Step 9: Cross the tracks to the other platform and board the A-Train back to the DDTC.
Step 10: Back at the DDTC, transfer to DCTA Connect Route 7 or 8 and ride back to UNT. You can either board with your UNT ID or the regional day pass you bought. Get off at either WB Oak @ Normal or WB Oak @ Fry if you’re craving Chipotle.
Congratulations, now you know how to get to Downtown Dallas from UNT with public transportation!