Travelling from UNT to Downtown Dallas using public transit
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!