Why doesn’t the DART rail system use turnstiles to limit access to only paid customers?

Ball said DART’s board opted for a barrier-free, self-service fare system in the mid-1980s. At the time, the board said the decision would save on construction and labor fees and create a welcoming appeal of obstacle-free stations. The board argued that the savings combined with the anticipated ridership would compensate for expected loss from fare cheaters, The News reported in 1995.

Only one board member voted against the decision, while others said the barrier-free look gave would encourage people to ride the rail system.

In January 2018, Dallas council member Philip Kingston made a public plea in a public safety committee meeting for DART to consider installing turnstiles at rail stations in an effort t to bolster security on trains after a spike in serious crimes — including robbery, rape, theft and aggravated assault — in the last few years.

Is there a way to get from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Love Field Airport by using only DART?

Yes, you are able to do this. Ball said the DART Orange Line has a direct service that operates seven days a week from D-FW Airport to the Inwood/Love Field Station, near Love Field Airport. Passengers can ride Bus route 524, also known as Love Link, to the airport.

The bus stop is located at the street level below the rail platform at the Inwood/Love Field Station. To get to the DART bus stop at Love Field, passengers should follow the signs to the lower level for Ground Transportation, Ball said.