New DART bus service to provide direct link to D/FW, Love Field airports

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    Travelers longing for a DART connection to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport can soon print their boarding passes.

    And just in time for next month’s holiday travel madness.

    A DART rail stop at the airport is still a couple of years away, but on Dec. 3, the transit agency is starting direct bus service to D/FW’s Terminal A from both the Orange Line’s new Belt Line Station in Irving and the Trinity Railway Express’ CentrePort station in Fort Worth.

    The Belt Line Station, debuting that day as part of DART’s expansion of the Orange Line, will also feature up to 200 spots for long-term paid parking, which the agency included with air travelers in mind.

    All that doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the airport connector, a 15-minute bus ride to the terminal from the Belt Line Station, will mean a quicker trip than fighting the traffic on state highways 183 or 114.

    But DART officials hope the bus service — which will cost $2.50 one way, with parking for as little as $7 a day — will provide a cheaper alternative to leaving a car at D/FW.
    And the agency is confident that the buses will provide a more convenient option than riding the current public transportation option, which is a journey involving multiple connections, or arranging to get rides from friends or family.

    “The target is going to be the business traveler, quick-trip traveler,” DART spokesman Mark Ball said. “But there’s big potential for more.”

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