The A-train Rail Trail runs alongside DCTA’s commuter rail line and was designed to complement its surroundings and adjacent facilities. The trail is part of DCTA’s ongoing efforts to provide safe, customer- focused, and efficient mobility solutions to Denton County. It will connect existing transit facilities with key destinations within its member cities – Denton, Lewisville and Highland Village.
Once complete, the A-train Rail Trail will connect all five A-train stations from the Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC) all the way to the Hebron Station in Lewisville. The trail will provide pedestrians and cyclists a safe opportunity to travel the entire trail or take a break and ride the A-train.
Quick Snapshot of the A-train Rail Trail
- Length of A-train Rail Trail: The entire trail is approximately 19 miles and will connect the DDTC and all the way to the Hebron Station in Lewisville.
- Estimated Completion Date: DCTA estimates that the entire A-train Rail Trail will be complete in fall 2019.
- City Parks Included in Trail: The Denton Branch Rail Trail, Lewisville and Highland Village trails are incorporated in the A-train Rail Trail system.
- Map Showing A-train Rail Trail with Other DFW Trail Systems: Click here to download the rail trail map.
A-train Rail Trail Construction Update
- Phase One: The original nine miles of the trail (Denton Branch Rail Trail), from the DDTC to Swisher Road, was completed in conjunction with the A-train construction in 2011.
- Phase Two: DCTA completed the four miles from the Hebron Station to Mill and Jones in downtown Lewisville in 2016 (phase two of the first section). Plans for the trail from the Highland Village/Lake Lewisville Station to downtown Lewisville are under final review at TxDOT, and construction is expected to begin fall 2018.
- Phase Three: The portion of the trail between Swisher Road and the Highland Village/Lake Lewisville Station (which goes over the Lewisville Lake) was completed in summer 2018.
List of A-train Rail Trail Amenities
- The trail has rest areas with benches and trash cans in some areas.
- DCTA received community enhancements for landscaping and benches in the Denton portion of the A-train Rail Trail.
- Z crossing fencing for the safety of cyclists, riders and all those who use the rail trail. The purpose of the z crossing fences that were installed is to get cyclists to dismount, look both ways and walk their bikes across the rail tracks. This is a recommended safety feature by the Federal Highway Administration. DCTA plans to install more z crossing fences at specific crossings and will continue to keep all rider feedback received about the fencing design for consideration in future installations. In addition, DCTA plans to install reflective surfaces on the fencing to help with visibility.
How Much Does the A-train Rail Trail Construction Cost?
- The final construction cost is estimated at $14 million, which could change once the trail construction is complete.
How is the A-train Rail Trail being Funded?
- Phase one of the trail was funded with local money in conjunction with the construction of DCTA’s A-train commuter rail line.
- Phase three of the trail that will be above Lewisville Lake was constructed with Interstate 35E project funds.
- The remaining phases of the trail are being funded by the Federal Highway Association (FHWA) grants administered by the TxDOT, Denton County, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and DCTA.