Monday 18 August saw the opening of the USD150m DART Orange line extension to the world’s third-busiest airport (by aircraft movements), Dallas/Fort Worth International. There was a ribbon-cutting and inaugural ride for invited guests on Friday 15 August.
The DART station is in Terminal A (outside Gate A10) and was built as part of the airport’s terminal renewal programme while DART focused on the rail line extension.
This approach, according to DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas, allowed the station to open four months ahead of schedule. “We could not have achieved this rail opening early and under budget without the incredible partnership with DFW Airport,” Thomas said.
The 8km (five-mile) extension has a 17-minute running time to Irving Convention Center, the previous terminus. A ride to the city centre takes 50 minutes and costs USD2.50. Mayor Mike Rawlings said it is undoubtedly DART’s biggest accomplishment in its 31-year history.
The airport serves 60.4m passengers/year with 678 000 aircraft movements. There are also 60 000 airport workers travelling to and from the airport each day. Service is provided from 03.50 to 01.12.