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DART Tests for Cotton Bowl Crowds



    Preparations are already underway for the big Texas and Oklahoma game at the Cotton Bowl.  Thousands of passengers are expected to use the DART rail service to get to the October 8th game, and will have a new, quicker route to ensure they get there faster and on time.

    On Sunday, the DART rail service tested its Green line, notifying regular passengers the trains would take a different route through their mechanical yard, cutting out some stops that would mean a quicker direct trip to Fair Park for the big game.

    It's been a few years since fans expressed frustration from overcrowding and anger about not being able to make the game on-time.

    DART spokesperson Mark Ball says they have been working on the issue and began a new plan last year to make it easier for everyone.

    DART Tests for Cotton Bowl Crowds

    [DFW] DART Tests for Cotton Bowl Crowds
    DART ran a test of the Green Line to prepare for thousands of passengers using their system for the TX-OU game.
    (Published Sunday, May 1, 2011)

    "I think that was the problem we had two years ago, as well. People just assumed the train was going to be there, and it arrived, but it was already full when it got there, so people were critical," says Ball.

    But the recent expansion of the Green line could mean even more fans headed to the Cotton Bowl this fall. The new expanded green line connects an additional 24 miles all the way up to Farmers Branch and Carrollton.  That could make it even more difficult for officials who are not sure how the added routes will play a role in crowds on the rail system.

    "It's just this traffic coming from Carrollton and Farmers Branch we never had to take never had to plan for so we had to incorporate it in this years Texas-OU plan," says Ball.

    DART also plans to have buses on standby to take fans to the game if trains fill up too quickly.

    Officials advise fans to plan ahead and arrive at least three hours early on the big day.