Monday, July 11, 2011
Failed attempts using A-Train leave us singing railroad blues
If you're listening to music in the evening hours in Denton, you'll have to cut your night short if you want to make it back to Dallas.
With the opening of the A-Train in Denton, reasons abound to take the new train. It’s economical, good for the environment, and you don’t have to worry about oncoming traffic while you’re busy texting and searching through your iPod. I became the Pegasus News A-Train tester, a trip that was scheduled to run from my apartment in downtown Dallas, to Denton, and back, without ever using a car.
One of the biggest advantages of the A-Train could be that it serves as an automated designated driver. It’s to these people that I give this warning: Plan ahead, then double check your plan, then make a Plan B, because you’re probably going to need it.
Now, if you’re one of those blessed people with the ability to stick to a schedule, you’ll be fine. Also, if your intentions do not involve late nights, loud music, and alcohol, you’ll also probably be fine. I can’t recommend the railway enough to anyone in Dallas jonesing for a cone at Beth Marie’s one hot afternoon.
Late-night explorers, take heed. I’ve made two attempts, and both ended poorly. The first trip to Denton was abandoned all together when, being so focused on the time of the last train out of Denton, I neglected to pay any attention to the northbound A-Train schedule. It was a Saturday and I missed the 8:49 p.m. train by a few minutes. The next one didn’t arrive till 10:24 p.m. Rather than wait the hour and a half at Trinity Mills, I begrudgingly boarded the DART Green Line back home.
For attempt No. 2, I made sure to be fully aware of exactly what time I’d be arriving at the Trinity Mills station. I purchased another Regional Pass for $10 and I caught the slick-looking A-train and enjoyed a smooth ride into Denton. The trip from Dallas to Denton took about an hour and a half.
Unfortunately for those of us who want to enjoy live music in Denton, the last train leaves at 11:15 p.m. – well before any headlining act would be finished. I wasn't ready to leave until midnight, so I was lucky to have a Plan B: a good friend with a couch.
If you're headed to the A-Train, always be prepared. It wasn't as easy as we had hoped.