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March 25, 2014

DART station at DFW Airport will open in August

IMG_0799Light-rail trains will be taking travelers from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport to downtown Dallas starting in August, officials announced on Tuesday.

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit orange line train station will open at Terminal A in the airport on August 18. Construction on the station was completed earlier this month and testing on the Orange Line will begin later this month.

DART was originally supposed to open the station in December but was able to complete the project early and under budget, said DART president Gary Thomas.

The DART portion of the construction project cost $152 million and was locally funded. The new track from its Belt Line station in Irving to the airport is 5 miles.

Thomas and other local officials toured the station in February as it was nearing completion.

DFW Airport chief executive Sean Donohue said international passengers are used to having rail service connect the airport to downtown. The trip will take about 45 to 50 minutes from the airport to downtown Dallas.

DART also expects workers at the airport to use the orange line.

"When you look at airport connections around the United States, you get a lot of your [rail] customers [who] are actually employees, but when you go around the world, though, you see not only the employees but the travelers" using the rail system, Thomas said during the tour. "It is our opportunity to make sure everyone is aware of the new DART line."

 

-Andrea Ahles

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