Light-rail trains will start carrying passengers from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport to downtown Dallas in August, months earlier than expected, officials said Tuesday.The Dallas Area Rapid Transit Orange Line train station will open at Terminal A in the airport on Aug. 18. Construction on the station was completed earlier this month and testing on the Orange Line will begin in a few weeks.DART was originally supposed to open the station in December but will complete the project early and under budget, DART president Gary Thomas said.The trip will take 45 to 50 minutes.The DART portion of the construction cost $152 million and was locally funded. The new track stretches five miles from the Belt Line station in Irving to the airport. DFW Airport spent $36 million to construct the station, which is on the north side of Terminal A.“We’re excited to have a date and we’re looking forward to working together with our great partners at DART to get the trains rolling,” airport spokesman David Magana said.Earlier this month, the proposed TEX Rail commuter line that would connect downtown Fort Worth to Terminal B at DFW Airport was awarded a $50 million federal grant to start work on the project. Supporters of the project have said they hope it could be completed by 2018.
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