The train ride Wednesday morning was just a test run for the newest feature of DART’s elaborate light-rail system. But when DART’s Orange Line to DFW Airport, as the service is known, opens to the public Aug. 18, it will usher in a new era for the world’s fourth busiest airport — and the Metroplex at large.
In just a few weeks, it will be possible for visitors to fly into DFW, collect their bags and board a train for Dallas.
“We join the ranks of Atlanta as well as Chicago as the third airport that has rail service from the airport to its city center,” said Jim Crites, DFW Airport executive vice president for operations.
“We join the ranks of 17 global superhubs where international customers have direct rail service down to the city center.”
Eventually, travelers from downtown Fort Worth also could be able to take the train directly into the airport. The Fort Worth Transportation Authority, also known as the T, hopes to open its TEX Rail commuter line by 2018 — and that service will arrive at the airport at a station planned near Terminal B.
The T has completed its portion of an environmental study for TEX Rail and is competing with other metro areas for federal transit funding, spokeswoman Joan Hunter said.
On Wednesday, DART conducted a test run of the Orange Line to DFW and invited the media to go along. During the roughly 10-minute trip from Irving’s Belt Line Station, the train reached a top speed near 65 mph, whizzing past traffic on nearby Texas 114.
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