Getting To - and Around - Dallas
Dallas is a Transportation Hub
Dallas is a major hub for air and ground transportation. Leading the way is Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, one of the world's busiest airports. The facility serves more than 170 cities in the U.S. and offers more than 60 non-stop international departures to make it the global gateway of choice. Domestically, the airport provides access to 95 percent of the population within four hours flying time. DFW Airport, home of American Airlines, generates billions and billions of dollars annually for the North Texas economy and supports some more than 210,000 area jobs.
And the airport keeps growing. A recent five-year Capital Development Program at DFW Airport included a state-of-the-art, bi-directional automated people mover system that takes travelers from one end of the Airport to the other in less than 9 minutes; a 26-gate, consolidated international Terminal D; airfield improvements, and additional parking facilities.
Not to be outdone, Dallas Love Field, just three minutes from downtown Dallas, is a central hub for regional business and commuter travel, and is the home of Southwest Airlines.
Once you land, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) gets you around Dallas and 12 adjoining cities with a modern lineup of light rail and commuter rail lines, and a fleet of nearly 1,000 late-model buses and vans. DART moves more than 200,000 people a day across its 700-square-mile service area.
The DART Light Rail System is being extended to serve Richardson, Garland, and Plano. The commuter rail line reachs to northeast Tarrant County and serves downtown Fort Worth.
Automobile traffic on Dallas' highways is notoriously thick, so using the DART system is a good idea when it's convenient.
For a trip back to yesteryear, the McKinney Avenue Trolley offers visitors a unique way to experience downtown Dallas. The restored vintage electronic streetcar offers service between the downtown Arts District and McKinney Avenue area restaurants, galleries and shops. The 2.8-mile route runs from the Dallas Museum of Art along St. Paul to McKinney Ave., north to Hall, Cole, Allen and back. Cars run every 15 to 30 minutes.
And if the history of transportation is what you're looking for, head down to the Museum of the American Railroad in Fair Park. The museum holds one of the finest collections of steam and early diesel trains in the United States. Visitors enter through the oldest depot in Dallas, opened in 1903, and board vintage locomotives and Pullman sleeping cars on a self-paced tour.
Enjoy a memorable aviation journey with a tour of the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field. The museum chronicles a lifetime of flight from the pioneers of aviation to the fliers of World War II and the jet and rocket age of today. On display is a World War I Sopwith "Pup" biplane along with hundreds of models, uniforms, decorations, engines and propellers.
Information in this report appears courtesy of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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