North Texas transportation changed forever in August 2014 when the DART Rail Orange Line arrived at Terminal A at DFW Airport. DART became one of only a handful of transit systems in the country to connect a major airport directly to the city center by rail, elevating both Dallas and DFW Airport among the world’s international destinations.
The project opened four months early and under budget, thanks to the partnership with Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, which built the rail station as part of its Terminal A renovation.
DFW Airport CEO Sean Donohue described the connection this way:
“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.”
But business and leisure travelers aren’t the only ones to benefit. Approximately 60,000 employees based at or around DFW Airport now have the choice of taking public transit to work.
Just one year after the opening of DFW Airport Station, Dallas Observer readers voted DART’s Orange Line as the “Best Way to Get to the Airport” in the publication’s “Best of Dallas®” awards. Today, monthly ridership to the airport exceeds 24,000 riders.