DFW Airport offers sneak peek at DART station

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by BRAD WATSON

WFAA

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 9:51 AM

DFW AIRPORT — Late next year, passengers headed to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will be able to go all the way to the Terminal A on the DART Orange Line.

Currently, the Orange Line runs through northwest Dallas and into Irving, with the last stop at the Belt Line Station. DFW passengers can take a shuttle bus from there to the airport.

But in December 2014, DART light rail will go all the way to Terminal A.

The Orange Line extension is under construction.

"A large portion of the track — almost eight miles — is on airport property in some form or fashion, so it constitutes quite a length," said airport spokesman Perfecto Solis.

A new animation provided by DFW gives a video glimpse of what the trip will be like on DART rail in and out of the Terminal A station on the airport's northeast side.

Trains will pull in underground near the terminal. Passengers then take a walk of less than two minutes between the DART station and the terminal.

Once inside Terminal A, passengers take an elevator to the concourse, where — after clearing security — they go on to their gates, or hop on a SkyLink rail car to another terminal.

DART is spending $150 million to extend the Orange Line into the airport, while DFW is building the rail station at Terminal A for about $36 million.

"That project is moving along very well," Solis said. "That's roughly about 55 percent complete, and the airport's work will be completed later on this year."

The entire line should open in late 2014, with the trip from downtown Dallas taking about 50 minutes.

What passengers will really like is the price: $2.50 to DFW from anywhere in the DART rail system.

E-mail bwatson@wfaa.com

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