Dallas/Fort Worth airport now has a light rail connection to downtown Dallas with this week's opening of an 8km extension to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) network.
The DFW station on DART's Orange line is a three-minute walk from domestic Terminal A, which is home to American Airlines, but accessible from other terminals – including the International Terminal D used by Qantas' daily QF7/8 flight – via the elevated Skylink people-mover train or Terminal Link shuttle bus service.
The Orange line snakes its way from DFW to the Irving Convention Centre and University of Dallas before continuing on to a cluster of downtown stations.
A one-way ride between DFW and the downtown Dallas stations takes 60 minutes, with prices starting at US$1.75 for an off-peak ticket, although most travellers will stump for the US$5 day pass.
"Passenger rail is a critical component to DFW's status as a top-tier international gateway," DFW CEO Sean Donohue said.
"With the DART Orange Line connecting DFW to downtown Dallas, DFW is now on a par with global hub airports that have integrated rail, which is a major selling point for customers and conventions."
Qantas will upgrade its daily QF7/QF8 service between Sydney and Dallas from a Boeing 747 to an Airbus A380 from September 29, 2014.
For more information on the DART service, visit www.DART.org.
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