Dallas: Transportation

Approaching the City

Most visitors to Dallas arrive via the Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport, located approximately 17 miles from the downtown areas of both cities and is served by 22 airlines. DFW is four hours or less by air from nearly every major North American market, with direct service to more than 165 nonstop destinations worldwide. Current construction at the airport includes a new international terminal and high-speed train scheduled to open in summer 2005. Future development is planned to keep up with national expectations of air travel increases by 2010.

Prior to construction of DFW Airport, Dallas' principal airfield was the city-owned Love Field. Today it is both a general aviation and commercial air facility with Southwest Airlines serving other Texas cities and adjacent states. Love Field is conveniently close to Dallas' central business district. Redbird Airport and many smaller municipal airports serve the Metroplex.

The Dallas area is served by four major highways: Interstate 20 (east-west); I-35 E (north-south); I-30 (northeast-west); and I-45 (south). All Dallas highways are connected by a twelve-lane loop—LBJ Freeway (I-635)—that encircles the city. Loop 12 is situated primarily within the city limits of Dallas. A third loop circles the Dallas central business district. Amtrak operates an intercity passenger line.

Traveling in the City

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) moves more than 200,000 passengers per day across a 700-square-mile service area of 13 cities with rail, bus, paratransit, light rail system, HOV lane and rideshare services. DART serves DFW International Airport and Fort Worth via the Trinity Railway Express' (TRE) commuter rail system links downtown Fort Worth, downtown Dallas, and DFW Airport.