New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 2014, 11 a.m., Cotton Bowl

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Game Day Parking & Transportation

Free Train Ride

Free train service for Mean Green fans headed for the Heart of Dallas Bowl is being provided by the Denton County Transportation Authority on New Year's Day from Denton to Fair Park.

The DCTA will run limited service on DCTA's A-train, and passengers can then connect with DART's Green Line. Fans MUST have a regional transit pass to ride both trains, but the passes are free.

The free transit passes will be available beginning Dec. 26 from the North Texas Athletics Ticket Office at Apogee Stadium or from the DCTA Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC) located at 604 E. Hickory. There is a strict limit of one transit pass per person, so each passenger must pick up their transit pass in person.

The free transit passes are NOT available from DART. The free-ride service is a partnership of DCTA, North Texas, and the City of Denton.

The A-train, which runs between downtown Denton and DART's Trinity Mills Station, will depart the Downtown Denton Transit Center promptly at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Passengers are recommended to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for parking. Limited parking is available at DDTC, but ample parking is available at the city’s public lot at Exposition and Hickory.

The A-train will stop at the Trinity Mills Station, where passengers need to transfer to the southbound DART Green Line train. Passengers must present their transit pass to ride the Green Line train, which will arrive at the Fair Park Station at approximately 10:11 a.m. The Cotton Bowl is a short walk from Fair Park Station.

Passengers must also present their transit pass to ride the Green Line train for the return to Denton after the game. The DART Green Line train will depart the Fair Park Station at 3:11 p.m. or 30 minutes after the end of the game. With the large number of travelers expected for this game, passengers are encouraged to arrive to the Fair Park Station at least 15 minutes prior to departure to allow ample time to board the departing Green Line train.

DART Green Line map

Passengers wishing to return to Denton will again transfer at the Trinity Mills Station from the Green Line train and board the DCTA A-train, which is expected to arrive in Denton at approximately 4:42 p.m.

After returning to Denton, be sure to partake of downtown Denton businesses which will host post-game parties. More information on the post-bowl parties on the square will be posted on MeanGreenSports.com.

DART Park And Ride

For those not travelling from Denton or unable to get a free transit pass, the train remains an option for getting to and from the Cotton Bowl. Dallas Area Rapid Transit advises that its DART Rail Green Line train service, which runs from Carrollton through downtown Dallas and on to Fair Park, will be running on January 1 but using its Sunday schedule (not as frequent as a non-holiday weekday).

Mean Green fans can park at stations along the Green Line route (click here for a map of the Green Line) and take the Green Line train to and from Fair Park Station, which is at the western edge of Fair Park and a short walk from the Cotton Bowl.

While this option is not free, a DART day pass costs just $5 per person, good for unlimited local rides on the date of purchase. Passes can be purchsed from ticket vending machines located at all DART Rail stations. Check DART's website for schedules and estimated depatures and arrivals (remember to reference the weekend schedules).

And remember at which station you parked your car.

Driving To Fair Park

For those driving to the Heart of Dallas Bowl, click here for directions to Fair Park.

Fair Park Parking

Parking at Fair Park for the Heart of Dallas Bowl will be $20 per vehicle. North Texas is sold out of its allotment of parking passes, but parking passes may still be purchased online from the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Parking for drive-up traffic on game day will also cost $20 and be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Heart of Dallas Bowl tickets on sale now