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August 31, 2012

Buses for tailgaters: Shuttles to Alabama-Michigan game leaving 4 hours before kickoff

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Fans who want to tailgate before the Alabama-Michigan game Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington can catch a shuttle bus from Fort Worth and avoid the hassle of traffic and parking.

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority - aka the T - will operate the shuttles beginning four hours before kickoff.

The T has run "Cowboy Coach" shuttles to Cowboys Stadium since the mega-dome opened in 2009, and in the past has left downtown Fort Worth two hours before kickoff. But the vehicles weren't as popular at gollege games as pro games because the college fans wanted to arrive early enough to get in lots of tailgating. So from now on, for college games, the buses will leave four hours before kickoff.

To ride, go to the Trinity Railway Express T&P Station Park & Ride lot on the south end of downtown Fort Worth. Enter from 200 W. Vickery Blvd.

Cost is $10 cash per person round-trip, plus $5 per car for parking.

“The change to earlier departures for college games was made because of feedback from riders and the public that they want to arrive at the stadium in time to participate in college tailgate activities,” said T president Dick Ruddell. 

For those staying in downtown hotels, catch a free ride to T&P using the Molly the Trolley circulator service.

More: 817-215-8600 or the-t.com

Scheduled College Games:

Sat, Sept. 1 - Michigan vs. Alabama - 7:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 24 - Texas Tech vs. Baylor - TBA
Fri, Jan. 4 - Cotton Bowl Classic - TBA

*Scheduled Cowboys Regular Season Home Games: 

Sun, Sep. 23 - TAMPA BAY @ Cowboys Stadium - NOON 
Mon, Oct. 1 - CHICAGO @ Cowboys Stadium  - 7:30 PM
Sun, Oct. 28 - NY GIANTS @ Cowboys Stadium - 3:15 PM 
Sun, Nov. 18 - CLEVELAND @ Cowboys Stadium - NOON
Thu, Nov. 22 - WASHINGTON @ Cowboys Stadium - 3:15 PM
Sun, Dec. 2 - PHILADELPHIA @ Cowboys Stadium - 7:20 PM 
Sun, Dec. 16 - PITTSBURGH @ Cowboys Stadium - 3:15 PM
Sun, Dec. 23 - NEW ORLEANS @ Cowboys Stadium - NOON

 The T also will serve Dallas Cowboys 2012 season playoff games.

 *Kickoff times of games in latter part of season are subject to change.

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The T has run "Cowboy Coach" shuttles to Cowboys Stadium since the mega-dome opened in 2009, and in the past has left downtown Fort Worth two hours before kickoff. But the vehicles weren't as popular at gollege games as pro games because the college fans wanted to arrive early enough to get in lots of tailgating. So from now on, for college games, the buses will leave four hours before kickoff.

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