New bus route eases commute to Denton

By Tobi Carter

Fort Worth residents can now take a day trip to Denton without worrying about parking.
The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) has partnered with the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) to create the North Texas Xpress (NTX).
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Shawn Donaghy, The T chief operating officer and vice president, said that in order for a potential route to be implemented into a schedule, it has to meet some criteria.
The four criteria that has to be met are economic development in the area, job creation, access to those jobs, and access to educational endeavors.
“We think those four components are really the driver for how you create a successful route and maintain good community relations,” Donaghy said.
He said the NTX route hits all four criteria.
“This route is very unique in that it bridges the gap between two cities and two counties,” Donaghy said. “Both of which – at each end of the line – have some significant economic development occurring, especially in the Alliance area.”
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Alliance is a mixed-use community north of Fort Worth. It consists of business space, housing developments, and the Fort Worth Alliance Airport.
The route also connects the University of North Texas in Denton and Tarrant County College in Fort Worth.
Commuter Chris Miller said he is grateful the route has opened. He moved his family to Fort Worth last December but works in Denton as an operation supervisor with DCTA.
“Any time someone else is doing the driving, it frees you up to do things that you can do: read, relax, entertain yourself, study,” Miller said.
Miller said that with less people driving, it’s less people on the interstate, so he is hopeful other drivers will begin using the NTX route.
“That’s less carbon impact,” Miller said. “I hope other people become aware of it and utilize it.”
The route follows Interstate Highway 35 north to get to Denton. It stops at Sixth Street and Throckmorton Street in downtown Fort Worth, the North Park and Ride in north FW, Alliance Heritage Parkway and Horizon Drive in Alliance, and ends at West University Drive and North Bonnie Brae Street in Denton.
It runs roundtrips daily from 6:15 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.
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