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DART Orange Line LRT Extension to DFW Airport

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) opened the last Orange Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) segment to the new DFW Airport Station.  The August 2014 opening means the country's longest light rail system links to the world's third-busiest airport.  DFW Airport built the Orange Line station as part of its Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP).  The 5-mile segment links newly renovated Terminal A and the Belt Line Station, with continuing service to major regional destinations including Irving-Las Colinas, Dallas Market Center and downtown Dallas.  With this opening, DFW Airport became the third-largest American airport with a direct rail connection to the city center.  Upon arrival at the airport, ticketed passengers can transfer to the Skylink APM system and ride directly to their departure terminal.  Lea+Elliott, as part of the TRIP implementation team, provided program management services for all civil and transit-related activities. These activities included the oversight of design and construction of the new rail station for the DART Orange Line.