Editor's note: This item originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of Inmotion.
In addition to having the longest light rail system in the country, DART becomes one of only a handful of transit systems in the United States to connect a major airport directly to the city center by rail.
This is a great accomplishment for DART, DFW Airport and the North Texas region. World-class cities offer at-airport access to public transportation, helping travelers get to their destinations. This rail connection puts Dallas in the company of those world-class cities.
At DART, we're all about choices. Rail access gives folks visiting our region an easy choice to get off the plane, get on DART and go wherever they want throughout our system easily, quickly, safely and inexpensively. At the same time, Orange Line service to DFW Airport gives the approximately 60,000 employees based at or around the airport the choice of taking public transit to work.
We could not have achieved this rail opening early and under budget without the incredible partnership with DFW Airport. From the start of planning, airport officials have been an integral part of the team as we determined the station location, land availability and constructability. And we greatly appreciate former DFW Airport CEO Jeff Fegan and current CEO Sean Donohue for leading the station design and construction effort. The Orange Line extension and construction of DFW Airport Station have been a true collaboration.
Thank you to the current and former members of the DART Board for their support and guidance of this project over the years, going back to the drawing of the original plans for DART Rail. I'm also grateful to the talented and dedicated people at DART who invested many years into planning and execution to make the station a reality.
Gary C. Thomas