Written by Elaine Paniszczyn
It’s kind of like planting the seeds of the crops and now you’re getting ready to harvest and reap what your crops have produced. – John Danish, DART CEO
We wish them a happy 30th birthday and our best congratulations on the work that they’re doing. We’re glad that they’re pulling into DFW. – David Magaña, Senior Manager, Public Affairs for DFW International Airport
Thirty years ago, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) started out as a dream of area visionaries, and 13 member cities agreed to dedicate a one cent sales tax to fund the project on Aug. 13, 1983. Today, DART is the longest rail system in North America with 97 miles of light rail. By December 2014, DART will connect to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) which is dedicated to connecting North Texas to the rest of the world.
“We’ll roll into Terminal A at DFW with the Orange Line that’s coming through Irving,” said John Danish, Chairman of the Board of Directors of DART and an Irving representative on the board. “Everything is on time and under budget, and we’re making excellent progress. Gary Thomas (Executive President of DART) tells us we may actually open it early.
“(DFW is) the international gateway to the world, and now you’re seeing a $1.2 billion light rail investment being placed to link that international airport via the Orange Line through Irving,” Danish said.
The Orange Line will connect to Terminal A at DFW Airport on its North side.