DART, DFW Airport prepare for Orange Line extension opening

Exciting times in Dallas. KC Jones recently reported on Texas Central Railway’s plan to build a Dallas-to-Houston bullet train is gaining speed.

Now the Train To The Plane is ready to open. See a picture above of the new station.

The rest of the story now
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport are making final preparations on the last segment of the Orange Line, which is scheduled to open on Aug. 18.The airport built the station as part of its construction at Terminal A, the first of the legacy terminals to be renovated. The partnership will enable DART to open the light-rail extension four months ahead of schedule, according to a press release.The five-mile extension links Terminal A and Belt Line Station, with service continuing to major regional destinations including Irving-Las Colinas, Dallas Market Center and downtown Dallas.Regional leaders believe that light-rail service connecting the airport to the DART network will help attract businesses and conferences to the area. It also will serve airport employees; DFW Airport is one of the region’s largest employment centers.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) gets you around Dallas and 12 surrounding cities with modern public transit services and customer facilities tailored to make your trip fast, comfortable and economical. Our extensive network of DART Rail, Trinity Railway Express (TRE) and bus services moves more than 220,000 passengers per day across our 700-square-mile service area.
The DART Rail System provides fast, convenient service to work, shopping and entertainment destinations in Dallas, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Garland, Irving, Plano and Richardson. Plus, the TRE commuter line links DART customers to DFW International Airport and downtown Fort Worth.Free parking is available at most rail stations, and most are served by DART bus routes specially timed to make transfers between buses and trains quick and easy.Popular shopping and entertainment destinations near DART Rail stations in Dallas include NorthPark Center and Upper Greenville Avenue (Park Lane Station), West Village (Cityplace/Uptown Station), Mockingbird Station (Mockingbird Station), the Dallas Museum of Art (St. Paul Station), American Airlines Center (Victory Station), the entertaining West End Historic District (West End Station), Fair Park (Fair Park Station and MLK, Jr. Station), the Dallas Convention Center (Convention Center Station) and the Dallas Zoo (Dallas Zoo Station).Popular destinations in surrounding cities include the Renaissance Hotel and the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts (Galatyn Park Station in Richardson); Downtown Plano, the ArtCentre of Plano and the Courtyard Theater (Downtown Plano Station); the Granville Arts Center (Downtown Garland Station); Downtown Irving (Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station); the Farmers Branch Historical Park (Farmers Branch Station); Downtown Carrollton (Downtown Carrollton Station); the University of Dallas (University of Dallas Station); the Irving Convention Center (Irving Convention Center Station) and Las Colinas (Las Colinas Urban Center Station).

Downtown Fort Worth is now just about an hour’s ride from Union Station in downtown Dallas via the TRE. Business commuters love the convenience – and if you’re looking for a Saturday adventure, Cowtown is Wowtown! From Fort Worth’s Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) or T&P Station it’s a short bus ride to the bustling Sundance Square dining and entertainment district in the heart of the city, the historic Fort Worth Stockyards Old West district, or the famed museums in the city’s Cultural District. TRE information is available at www.TrinityRailwayExpress.org.
DART has come along way both structurally and culturally. All I remembered seeing was an RDC (Rail Diesel Car) or two. The area was strongly “car culture”. Asked some of the folks I was visiting if they had used it yet. The answer: “No, but I think our neighbor’s maid rides it to work.