Progressing on the Rail Expansion
DART Rail soon reaches its most anticipated destination: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. By year's end, the Orange Line will be finished and construction of the final Blue Line extension will be underway. The light rail system envisioned in the DART Transit System Plan a quarter-century ago will be built to 93 miles by the end of 2016.
DFW Airport Station connects to the worldLater this year, DART opens the final 4.7-mile segment of the Orange Line that extends from Belt Line Station and ends at DFW Airport Station, located adjacent to Terminal A. From the rail platform, customers have a short walk to reach the airport doors and continue their journey by plane.
People traveling on American Airlines will be able to check their bags at Terminal A and then use the Skylink automated people mover to change terminals if necessary. Passengers traveling on other airlines can easily access the Terminal Link bus circulator after leaving the train platform.
With the opening of the station, Dallas joins the relatively short list of U.S. cities with direct rail access between a regional airport and a major downtown. The Orange Line will link DFW Airport and downtown Dallas' convention center and hotels, making it easy to visit without taking a bus, renting a car or finding taxis.
Travelers from throughout North Texas will be able to start their trips by train to reach destinations around the country, and even the world. Rail access may replace some travelers' needs for long-term parking, shuttle trips and/or arranging a ride.
For the nearly 60,000 people who work on airport property - one of the region's largest employment centers - the Orange Line becomes an economical way to commute to work.
DFW Airport built the rail station at Terminal A as part of a seven-year project to remodel and update the original terminals. DART's design-build contractor - the joint venture of Kiewit, Stacy and Witbeck, Reyes Group, and Parsons Transportation Group - has built the rail line to the airport, will finish the systems installation at the station and conduct all testing.
DART planned to open the Orange Line extension in December 2014, but construction is ahead of schedule; agency officials believe they can open DFW Airport Station by the fall.
Blue Line extends south to UNT DallasDART is extending the Blue Line south approximately 2.6 miles from Ledbetter Station to the University of North Texas at Dallas campus as the final piece of the light rail expansion. The extension adds two stations that serve neighborhoods in southern Dallas County and creates anchors for potential future development.
The Camp Wisdom Station will be located adjacent to the South Central Patrol Division, a Dallas Police Department facility, on the west side of Patrol Way near East Camp Wisdom Road. DART also is coordinating with the city of Dallas, which is planning to build a recreation center in the station vicinity.
UNT Dallas Station will be on the southern boundary of the campus near University Hills Boulevard. The agency is working with UNT officials so the station location and design mesh with plans for the university's future growth.
The agency also must redesign and rebuild Ledbetter Station to accommodate the track extension and make better use of the property. Bus bays, kiss-and-ride access, and general and disabled parking will be provided at all three stations.
Blue Alliance Partners, a joint venture of HNTB and Dikita Enterprises, is designing the project. Construction is under the direction of South Oak Cliff Transit Partners, a joint venture of Stacy and Witbeck, Kiewit Infrastructure South Co., Jerry Haynes Electric Co., Legacy Resource Group, and Mas-Tek Engineering & Associates.
Design work started in July 2013, and initial construction should begin in early 2014. The anticipated opening date is late 2016.
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