Happy 10th Birthday A-train! One of the first dates/hangouts my husband and I did while we were dating was watch the trains roll by from the patios of downtown! It was always so fun to make up stories about where the trains were going, who the people were going to see or do, and just blow a whole afternoon watching the trains! One of those trains happened to be the A-train! My personal favorite train, partially because of it’s sleek design, and it reminded me of the trains we used to take from Hassfurt to Munich when I was in Germany! Overall, just a plethora of positive memories with trains of all kinds! So, naturally for the 10th birthday celebration, I am sharing 10 fun facts about the A-train that you probably didn’t know! Some of these even blew my mind! 🤯
Life is like a train track, full of possibilities and happiness.
10 Fun Facts on The A-Train
1) The A-train had its first run in 2011
The A-train had it’s official launch in 2011 on June 18th, making Denton, TX the fifth Texas city to support its own local rail transit service! This was a milestone for Denton, as it allowed for affordable and fast transportation up and down I-35E for commuters, shoppers, and travelers. The original trains were much more retro than those on the line today! Check it out below!
2) The A-train connects to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) in Carrollton
After you hop on the commuter rail line and ride to the Carrollton Trinity Mills Station, you will be able to get on the DART Green Line and ride into Dallas. Again, making it a faster and eco friendly option to ride into Dallas!
3) There are five A-train stations with stops in Denton, Highland Village and Lewisville
The A-train makes a total of 5 stops between the Downtown Denton station and its DART Carrollton station, also known as Trinity Mills Station! The entire ride takes approximately 33 minutes from Downtown Denton to the Hebron station, making it faster, and more eco-friendly to ride the train from Denton and beyond on a busy Saturday afternoon!
4) You can ride the A-train free at no cost between the Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC) and MedPark stations and between Hebron and Trinity Mills stations
Live Downtown but don’t want to drive to your doctor’s appointment? Consider the A-train! It’s just one stop from the Downtown Denton Transit Center to the MedPark Station for your convenience! Plus, it’s free! The same applies for the Lewisville Hebron station to the Carrollton Trinity Mills Station!
5 ) The A-train is classified as a commuter rail line
A commuter rail line is a passenger rail transport service that primarily operates within a metropolitan area, connecting commuters to a central city from adjacent suburbs or commuter towns. In comparison, the DART rail line is classified as a light rail line. Generally, commuter rail systems are considered heavy rail, using electrified or diesel trains. The train is a diesel-electric hybrid motive power!
6) The A-train was the first rail line in Texas to be Positive Train Control (PTC) certified
The A-train is a Positive Train Control (PTC) rail line. PTC is a processor-based/communication-based train control system designed to prevent train accidents. So having it be the first certified PTC rail line in Texas is a huge step in commuter transportation! DCTA takes safety very seriously, so this certification was the first step into helping riders ride safe with DCTA.
7) The A-train rail line is 21 miles long
From Denton to Hebron Station, the A-train track is your only traffic free straight shot! Traveling at a speed of 79 mph (127 km/h), like mentioned above, you will get to DART Carrollton station in about 42 minutes!
8) The 19 mile A-train Rail Trail runs along the A-train rail line
Training for a Marathon? Consider the A-train Rail Trail as your next training grounds! The 19-mile trail runs along the A-train track from Downtown Denton to the Lewisville Hebron Station. Need to take a rest on your run, walk, skate, or biking adventure? The A-train Rail Trail is complete with benches and trash cans!
9) There are 104 seats per rail car
This is just a fun fact! Each of the rail cars can seat 104 people at capacity, and in 21 round trips on a day, times two cars, that’s a potential to move 4,368 people a day!
*Due to covid these numbers are lower. To learn more about the safety measures DCTA is taking, read more here!
10) The DCTA A-train benefits the communities we serve
- Added new private investment of $345 million, nearly equal to the $347 million construction cost of A-train
- Estimated yearly property and sales tax return of 44 percent of the $26.6 million sales tax contributions from member cities in 2018
- $11.8 million in new property and sales tax revenue for DCTA member cities
Keep it up DCTA!
Want to learn more about the A-train, the A-train Rail Trail, how to get a day pass, and all things A-train? You can follow DCTA on Facebook and Twitter, purchase passes on DCTA.net, and follow along on their blog, Hop On Board! Don’t forget to share this post with friends and share all the fun facts about the DCTA A-train!