DFW International Airport and DART unveil new light rail service

19 August 2014 (Last Updated August 19th, 2014 03:03)

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) in the US have started a light rail passenger service to connect Dallas to the airport.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) in the US have started a light rail passenger service to connect Dallas to the airport.

An additional five miles have been added to link the airport to DART’s belt line station.

With this new service, the airport has become the third busiest in the US with a direct rail connection to the city centre.

DFW Airport CEO Sean Donohue said: "This is a momentous day for our customers and for DFW Airport, because passenger rail is a critical component to DFW’s status as a top-tier international gateway."

"By adding five miles of rail to what was already the longest light rail system in North America, DART is connecting Dallas to the world through DFW Airport."

With the DART Orange Line connecting DFW to downtown Dallas, DFW is now on a par with global hub airports that have integrated rail, which is a major selling point for customers and conventions.

To enhance convenience for passengers, the DART station has been constructed less than three minutes away from DFW’s Terminal A.

The walkway between the terminal and the DART station features landscaping and partial cover. High-speed, high-capacity elevators have also been provided.

DART president Gary Thomas said: "By adding five miles of rail to what was already the longest light rail system in North America, DART is connecting Dallas to the world through DFW Airport."

Customers will gain easy access to services such as ticketing, baggage check, TSA security checkpoints and the airport’s Skylink people mover system.

A multi-airline kiosk has been provided in the elevator vestibule for customers with hand luggage to check-in for their flight.

DFW will also provide shuttle buses to take passengers to their desired terminal.