One year after DART’s Orange Line to Irving opened, the rail line is on track, transit officials say. First-year ridership figures have met expectations, according to DART. And plans to extend the Orange Line to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport by December 2014 are on schedule. 

The line’s 2,300 daily riders confirm that Dallas Area Rapid Transit has become more than just a way to get around downtown Dallas, said Todd Plesko, DART’s vice president of planning and development. He and others said that once the line extends to D/FW Airport, those ridership numbers should jump. 

“The real success of the Orange Line should be gauged once you link up to the international gateway to the world,” said John Danish, an Irving City Council member who is chairman of DART’s board of directors.

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