DART News Release
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July 21, 2014
DART makes North Texas accessible to conventioneers, tourists
Welcoming the World to North Texas
Dallas Area Rapid Transit's rail service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will provide the world's business travelers, conventioneers and tourists with direct access to many of North Texas’ high-profile destinations. It also gives the region an edge in attracting visitors who want to use public transportation, rather than rent a vehicle.
Many convention and event planners look for cities with transit options that make it easier for visitors to get around the city - which appeals on economic, environmental and convenience levels.
The numbers back up that claim. According to a study released by the American Public Transportation Association and the U.S. Travel Association, hotels in cities with direct rail access from downtown to the airport receive nearly 11 percent more revenue per room than hotels in cities without a rail-airport connection.
That figure does not include money spent on retail and restaurants - not to mention the economic activity generated by visitors to venues such as Dallas Market Center, which has its own station on the Orange and Green lines.
"We have approximately 375,000 buyers that come every year from all 50 states and 35 countries," says Bill Winsor, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. "For them to be able to step off the plane and take DART right to our building is a big plus for us. Similar service often has been touted as an advantage for Atlanta, but now we will be operating on the same level."
Enhancing the transit experience for out-of-towners, DART has made upgrades to the user-friendliness of its system in recent years. Improvements include GPS-based next-train information on variable message boards at each station and GoPass℠, a free mobile ticketing app that allows riders to download a paperless ticket right on their smartphones, with no need for exact change. Conveniently, users can store several tickets electronically in the app and activate them as needed, as well as access trip-planning information.
More information about DART's newest rail station is available at www.DART.org/DFWAirportStation.
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