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A shuttle bus waits for passengers near the intersection of North Texas Boulevard and West Highland Street. The Denton County Transportation Authority announced it will expand its new zone bus service in Denton to include the Denia neighborhoods beginning May 13.

DCTA announced it will expand its new zone bus service in Denton to include the Denia neighborhoods beginning Monday, May 13, a potential boon to workers from the area.

Zone buses cover areas instead of fixed routes. Riders can hail the new bus either by a smartphone application or by calling dispatchers for a ride.

The expanded service is the first time the Denton County Transportation Authority will offer significant zone bus service in a residential area in Denton. The zone bus will begin covering neighborhoods in a U-shaped area south of Interstate 35E, west of Fort Worth Drive, east of South Bonnie Brae Street and north of Highland Park Road and Parvin streets.

“The new expanded zone carves out Apogee Stadium and the University of North Texas facilities surrounding the stadium since we already have service covering that area for students,” said agency spokeswoman, Adrienne Hamilton, in an email.

With the expansion, Denton warehouse or factory workers who also live in the Denia area could take the zone bus to get to work, depending on their shift schedule.

For example, a day-shift employee who lives on Willowwood Street could hail the bus in the morning and get a ride to the warehouse. At the end of the work day, the employee can hail a return bus to get a ride home.

Other workers who live outside the official zone could link up with the bus at DCTA’s designated stops at Denia Recreation Center and Borman Elementary School or at the Fouts Field parking lot. The expanded zone’s western boundary officially runs along South Bonnie Brae Street, but residents on the west side can meet the bus on the east side of Bonnie Brae, Hamilton said.

Denia residents can also use the zone bus to access the rest of the DCTA system by taking the zone bus to Fouts Field and then hopping on Bus 7 or 8.

The current run schedule and bus fare will not change with the service area change. Known officially as the Denton Enterprise Airport Zone, the bus runs Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Riders can buy local passes for the zone bus for as little as $1.50 for a half day.

To hail the bus by app, download Microtransit from either the Apple or Google Play store onto your smartphone. (The first time you use the app, you’ll have to register.) Follow the instructions to book a ride and watch for the DCTA-branded vehicle via app and text. You can also create an account to use the service on your computer at ondemand.transloc.com, or call 940-243-0077 to get help from a dispatcher to book the ride.

For more information, visit ridedcta.net.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.

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