Sky Talk

No. 10 DART comes to DFW

Special to the Star-Telegram/Gre

Yellow DART trains arrived at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport’s Terminal A early on a Monday morning in August.

And for the first time, North Texas’ airport has light rail train service directly into a downtown city center.

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Orange Line to DFW zips along at 65 mph taking travelers and employees to the airport and back into the city with stops on its route in Irving Las Colinas, downtown Dallas, Southern Methodist University and Plano.

DART said it expects 1,200 riders per day to use the Orange Line to get to the airport. The train pulls into a station that is a short covered walk to the north side of Terminal A.

Now that downtown Dallas has a direct line to the airport, Fort Worth is next.

A proposed TEX Rail commuter line that could connect downtown Fort Worth to DFW Airport could be under construction as early as 2016 and could be open to the public by 2018, according to local officials.