North Texas Xpress to link Fort Worth, AllianceTexas, Denton

A new bus route promises quick access from downtown Fort Worth to the AllianceTexas development in far north Fort Worth and Denton, providing a new option for Interstate 35W commuters.

Known as the North Texas Xpress – or NTX – the route will begin at the Intermodal Transportation Center in downtown Fort Worth and stop at the Alliance Opportunity Center and the North Park and Ride before reaching the final stop by Apogee Stadium at the University of North Texas in Denton.

The route also will serve Tarrant County College’s Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence for Aviation, Logistics and Transportation at Alliance Airport.

“Employees drive that route every day, but now they have the choice of using that time catching up on email or just relaxing while someone else handles the driving,” said Paul Ballard, president-CEO of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, commenting in a news release.

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“Students traveling to UNT or TCC for classes can get in a little extra study time by choosing public transportation,” Ballard said.

The service is set to begin on Monday Sept. 26, with a kickoff event set for 3 p.m. Monday Oct. 3, at the Intermodal Transportation Center, 1001 Jones St. The first bus will leave the ITC at 6 a.m., with service concluding at 9 p.m. weekdays. Denton County Transportation Authority is joining the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, or The T, in providing service every 90 minutes.

Officials with Hillwood Properties, developer of the AllianceTexas development, praised the new route.

“Hillwood applauds the Fort Worth Transportation Authority and the Denton County Transportation Authority for establishing this new route, which increases mobility to the broad range of workforce and educational opportunities along the Alliance Corridor and at the University of North Texas,” said Mike Berry, president of Hillwood Properties.

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Providing more regional bus service to more people is part of The T’s objective with its Transit Master Plan, which was unveiled earlier this year.