By Elizabeth Dinh

IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) – Traveling to DFW International Airport is going to be a little easier, as Dallas Area Rapid Transit unveils its new Orange Line extension with a test run on Wednesday. The five-mile line goes from Beltline Station at Valley View Lane in Irving directly into the airport.

There are only about a dozen other airports in the United States that offer travelers a direct rail connection. The line brings travelers to Terminal A at the airport.

Not only does this line connect people from Irving to DFW International Airport, but the line extends all the way into downtown Dallas. So, any travelers who do not want to drive into the airport can simply get a connection to the Orange Line and avoid traffic.

“Literally, this connects people to the world,” said DART spokesman Morgan Lyons. “This makes DFW the third largest U.S. airport with direct rail service.”

Construction of the new line is four months ahead of schedule and under budget.

Wednesday’s preview is only open to media members. The Orange Line extension will then be available for everyone beginning August 18.

From the closest station, the Beltline Station in Irving, the trip to DFW’s Terminal A will take about 8 minutes, traveling at speeds up to 65 miles per hour.

From Downtown Dallas, the trip will take about 40 minutes. From Plano, it’s about 90 minutes.

A one way trip costs $2.50.  Riders can buy a day pass for $5.

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