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One big reason to envy Dallas: City's light rail line extended to DFW Airport

One big reason to envy Dallas: Light rail line extended to DFW Airport

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DART's DFW Airport Station is part of the Orange Line. Photo courtesy of DART
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Soon you can take the train to DFW Airport. Photo courtesy of Grand Hyatt
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Here's one reason for Houstonians to be envious of our friends in Dallas: Beginning Aug. 18, the city's DART rail line will extend all the way from downtown and other parts of Dallas to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Meanwhile, in Houston, no plans exist to extend METRORail service to Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The service creates an alternative to the current slate of more costly options to the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, including a $50 cab ride, $20 shuttle or the minimum daily parking fee of $20. It joins other recent customer-friendly transportation models such as Uber and Lyft in making Dallas an easier, more urban place to live or visit. 

Meanwhile, in Houston, no plans exist to extend METRORail service to Bush Intercontinental Airport. Since express bus service was discontinued in 2011, a ride from the airport to downtown Houston on the 102 bus can take 90 minutes or more.

Prior to opening on Aug. 18, DART will start the new schedule on Aug. 4, to work out the kinks. Changes will primarily involve early morning and afternoon adjustments on existing Orange Line service between Belt Line and Parker Road stations, plus additional late-evening downtown Red and Blue Line trips. Green Line schedules will remain unchanged.

Fares and service frequencies remain the same, but some departure and arrival times will change. Earlier and later trips are being added, including five weekday morning trains entering service at Fair Park Station, plus a 5:18 a.m. trip originating from Buckner Station, all continuing to DFW Airport Station at Terminal A.

The service, which is part of the DART Orange Line, is the end point on a 4.7-mile extension from the Belt Line station.

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CultureMap Houston editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh contributed to this article.