Starting Monday, Aug. 18, DART passengers can finally ride all the way to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
An inaugural ribbon-breaking run Friday carried carloads of dignitaries, including members of Congress who helped pay for it.
"It's a world-class thing that really brings our region into that world-class strata," DART President Gary Thomas said.
Until now, DART's Orange Line stopped at the Belt Line Station in Irving where buses carried passengers on to the airport.
The new DFW station is at Terminal A where passengers can pass through security and walk directly to Terminal A gates or board the DFW Terminal Link trains to reach other terminal gates.
Passenger Joseph Peters said he has used transit to reach New York airports many times.
"So I think this would be good for a lot of people. It would cut down on traffic, that's for one," Peters said.
Irving's nearby Las Colinas area stands to benefit greatly from the direct DFW Airport connection. Las Colinas has several stations on DART's Orange Line.
Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne said redevelopment potential for the vacant Texas Stadium property also improves with completion of the DFW DART station.
"And we are finally today here, after much money, much time and a lot of determination," Van Duyne said.
The first trip to DFW is scheduled for Monday at 3:50 a.m.