Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport are celebrating the opening of the last Orange Line segment to the new DFW Airport Station. The Aug. 18 opening means the country’s longest light rail system links to the world’s third-busiest airport.
Many notable figures spoke about DART’s new connection. See what was said below and click here to follow all of our DART to DFW coverage.
“Connecting DFW Airport by light rail makes Dallas a more competitive, more attractive destination for business and travelers. It’s part of a sustained partnership over decades that’s bringing billions in investment, more jobs, and a better quality of life to North Texas. Congress should pass the President’s GROW AMERICA Act so that we can bring long-term support to more projects like this one in communities across the country.” – Acting Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan
“It’s a great day for the people of the 13 cities who are a part of the DART System who now have another convenient, affordable way to catch a flight, and for people coming to North Texas to easily get to a business meeting, a family event, or just take in some of our state’s many attractions.” – Texas Governor Rick Perry
“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. 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.” – DFW Airport CEO Sean Donohue
“I can’t tell you how many times I had the Secretary of Transportation say, ‘Wow. We don’t have another system in America that always comes in on time and under budget.’ We’re up there with New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia because we have a good record.” – Former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison