Campus transit

Our partners at the Denton County Transit Authority (DCTA) provide bus services to our UNT community.
  • After buses stop running, UNT provides an evening ride service, called E-ride.
  • For early morning (2 am to 7 am), we partner with Lyft to give students a code that gives them free rides around campus – that way if students are studying late in the library, for example, they can get a Lyft ride back to their residence halls or to their cars on campus.
The Transportation Fee students pay is used to support these and other transportation initiatives. We also partner with the Division of Student Affairs to provide a holiday/break time shuttle to take students to various parts of Texas so they don’t have to drive.
See below for further descriptions of each transit service we offer and how to use them.

Bus Service at UNT

DCTA operates 12 UNT routes. If you have never ridden a bus before – don’t worry you will catch on quickly! All buses are equipped with bike racks and are ADA compliant to support wheelchairs.
There are two main things to keep in mind when preparing to ride: the route map and the service calendar.  
 

Examples of route maps founds on DCTA's website - a map and timetableRoute maps: The route map shows you the route the bus takes, the stops along the way and an estimate of the times they will be at the stop. The buses will not leave earlier than the time on the schedule. If the bus is full, they may pass over a stop. Please get to the stop with plenty of time to catch a ride. The reality is you probably won’t make it to class if you catch a bus 5 to 10 minutes before the start of class. Find the UNT route maps here.

 

Sample of a service calendar found on DCTA's websiteService calendar: The service calendar tells you which routes are running and when. Click on the route you want to take (see link to routes above) and scroll down to the “service calendar.” In our service calendar example image, you cross-reference the bus route ID (example: NT121 for the North Texan) with the color code to see which days that route is running. Please note that during the summer, on weekends and around holidays or when there is no school we often have limited or no service. It’s a good idea to follow us on Twitter or Facebook so you’ll get updates on this.

Transit app logoTransit app: To help you get acquainted with riding a bus, we recommend you download the Transit app. The app tracks all DCTA buses and will show you in real time the location of the bus on the route you want to take. We also recommend you sign up for Rider Alerts, so that you receive a text message or email if the route you take is experiencing an issue.

If you run into a problem with a bus, you will get a direct answer – sometimes more quickly – from DCTA if you send them a GoRequest. This covers topics such as items lost on a bus, issues with a bus driver or route, late buses and more. You can find more information here. If you still encounter issues, please connect with our office.

E-ride (* Fall and Spring Semesters *)

E-ride operates in the fall and spring semesters when school is in session, but not on holidays and during break times. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 7 pm to 2 am each day, and Friday through Sunday from 4 pm to 2 am each day.
Call for an E-ride at 940-565-3014. This service is open only to UNT students ages 18 and older. Our dispatcher will ask for your first and last name, a contact phone number, number of riders, pick up location and destination. E-ride service is only between destinations on the main campus.
If you have general feedback, please email us at transportation.services@unt.edu.

Lyft from 2 am to 7 am daily (* Fall and Spring Semesters *)

UNT Lyft iconIf you are on campus and need to get back to your residence hall or car without walking during these early morning hours then please use a free ride code. You will need the code for the current semester – you can find this on our Twitter or Facebook pages but, in general, it is UNT+SEMESTER+YEAR. For example, the spring 2020 semester code is: UNTSPRING20.

  • Download and open the Lyft app on your phone
  • Go to the menu and select the “Promos” section
  • Enter your UNT semester code (see note above) – this will load free rides that can be used between 2 am to 7 am on campus
  • Schedule your ride and watch the app for your pick up
  • Please be sure to follow safe rideshare practices, like checking to be sure the car/driver match the description on the app and letting others know that you are taking a rideshare.

DCTA has answers to some frequently asked questions about this early morning Lyft services. You can find that page here.

Holiday/Break Shuttle Service

For students who don’t have cars but need to get home for the holidays or school breaks, we have an option that may be able to help. The Break Shuttle operates during Thanksgiving and Spring breaks to and from Austin, San Antonio and Houston. Buy a ticket and find out more on the UNT Breakshuttle page.

You can also find information about the following on our site: