North Texas commuters can swap a gasoline receipt for a week of free transit thanks to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), the T in Fort Worth, and the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA)
The agencies are working together to encourage commuters to try transit the week of June 18 -- 23. This effort is the local version of the seventh annual “Dump the Pump” campaign of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), which emphasizes the economic and environmental benefits of transit.
The three transit agencies will be meeting non-transit users at a variety of locations starting June 8. Commuters will be offered a free weekly regional transit pass in exchange for a gasoline receipt. The passes are good for any DART, T or DCTA fixed route service. The idea is not only to entice customers to try transit, but to help calculate the cost of commuting in a single-occupant vehicle. For example, a daily Regional Pass is $10, which provides access to all DART, T and DCTA bus and train services, including the Trinity Railway Express.
Using data from AAA, APTA researchers determined that North Texas commuters who switch to the region’s transit network may save more than $9,000 in the annual cost of driving to work (based on data from AAA). Transit also encourages environmental sustainability. DART, T and DCTA buses run on either clean diesel or natural gas and DART's light rail fleet produces zero emissions.
Ticket exchange locations cover the region
Commuters interested in making the switch are invited to bring a gasoline receipt to one of these locations.
|Friday, June 8 6 to 8 p.m. NRH2O Family Water Park 9001 Blvd 26 North Richland Hills 76180|
|Saturday, June 9 2 to 4 p.m. Old Downtown Carrollton Square 1102 W. Main Street Carrollton 75006||4 to 6 p.m. North East Mall, Center Court 1101 Melbourne St. Hurst 76053|
|Sunday, June 10 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. McDonald’s I-35E at Marsalis, 650 RL Thornton Fwy. Dallas 75203||
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. McDonald’s I-35E at Marsalis, 650 RL Thornton Fwy. Dallas 75203
|Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 15 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highland Village City Hall Utility Department 1000 Highland Village Road, Highland Village|
|Monday, June 11
7 to 9 a.m. Hebron 121 Station Leasing Center’s Monday Morning Muffins 880 Union Station Parkway, Lewisville
|Tuesday, June 12
5:30 to 7:30 a.m. Chick-fil-a’s Dump the Pump, Rock the Rail 1711 S. Loop 288, Denton
|Thursday, June 14
6:30 to 8 p.m. City of Denton’s Twilight Tunes Downtown Historic Courthouse Square, Denton
|Friday, June 15
3 to 5 p.m. Vista Ridge Mall’s Center Court 2401 S. Stemmons Fwy., Lewisville
|Saturday, June 16 2 to 4 p.m. Mockingbird Station Shops 5321 East Mockingbird Lane Dallas 75206||
2 to 4 p.m. Irving Mall Center Court by Burlington Coat Factory 3880 Irving Mall Irving 75062