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Airports adding downtown rail connections to boost business

Harriet Baskas, Special to CNBC

In the United States, getting between the airport and downtown can sometimes be the most irritating part of a trip.

But when DART Rail Orange Line trains begin serving Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport later this year, Dallas will join Seattle, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta and an increasing number of other cities with rail links that make it easy for business and leisure travelers— and airport employees—to make that journey.

"The vast majority of public transport to airports is by buses," said Deborah McElroy, executive vice president for policy and external affairs at Airports Council International-North America. "But airports are increasingly recognizing that rail transportation is favorably viewed by passengers; especially those from other countries where rail to the airport is more common."