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Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:31 pm

I'm just curious to see if anyone has ridden the new SkyLink people mover at DFW. I'm interested to see what it's like.

I used to live in Austin, and connected at DFW all the time and was forced to use the s***ty TrAAin system. Now that I've moved to Dallas, I really have no need for the connector, so I'd like to see what I'm missing.

Thanks.
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:48 pm

I just rode it yesterday and it is great. Very quick and efficient. Also there are excellent views of the tarmac and planes parked at the gates. I was there at around 4:00pm and the A terminal was filled with 777s and 763s. It was a very impressive lineup.
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:55 pm

It's incredible, and was worth the wait. The trains are incredibly smooth, the signage is excellent, and the stations are now probably the nicest part of the terminals. It's a great step up from the TrAAin and TerminalLink. It also provides an amazing view of the airside operations, since the elevated guideways bridge over all the gateboxes (excluding Terminal D). Spotting and taking pics from the trains is possible, but keep in mind the train windows are tinted.
 
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:57 pm

I rode it last week and agree with the above posts. Nice views of downtown Dallas and Ft. Worth. Because it is airside and not enclosed on the outside, it can be very noisy when the doors open at the stations.
 
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 12:08 am

I rode it the day after it opened and on memorial day weekend and it was a great way to get around. I took it one stop to get closer to my car parked in terminal C.

My question is, what's the point of keeping the "terminal link" buses in operation if the Skylink is in operation? Wouldn't a passenger rather take the skylink over waiting for the right bus to come along? I've never found that those buses were any faster from getting from one terminal to another after arriving at a different terminal in which I parked.
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 12:28 am

Quoting LY4XELD (Reply 4):
My question is, what's the point of keeping the "terminal link" buses in operation if the Skylink is in operation?

The Terminal Link buses, along with the old TrAAin, will be kept in working order for about the next 60-90 days just in case there are any unexpected teething problems with the new SkyLink. However, after that time, the buses will be returned and the TrAAin shut down, and SkyLink will be it. SkyLink is reportedly running ahead of expected dispatch reliability and really popular with riders.
 
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 12:35 am

I had thought the Terminal Link buses would continue to run as a means of moving landside passengers around. Say I'm flying American to Los Angeles and my flight departs Terminal A. I park at Terminal A, but my return flight comes into Terminal C, which means my bags come out there too. SkyLink is back inside security, so how are my bags and I supposed to get back to my car at Terminal A?

I'll be very surprised if DFW discontinues the Terminal Link bus. If American's going to run mixed ops out of four terminals, they need some method of moving people around the non-secure parts of the terminal. SkyLink is fantastic for airside connecting pax, but there are those pesky DFW O&D passengers to think about too.  Smile
 
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 12:41 am

Just one issue with the tram stations, no flight display monitors. I stood in a station above terminal C waiting for my train and had 4 groups ask where they were to go. (I was wearing dress casual attire so I might have looked like an employee.) I told them to use their cell phones and dial #AA for American Airlines flight information. It worked, but that's not how it should be done.

And the view was, WOW!
 
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 12:53 am

Quote:
Say I'm flying American to Los Angeles and my flight departs Terminal A. I park at Terminal A, but my return flight comes into Terminal C, which means my bags come out there too. SkyLink is back inside security, so how are my bags and I supposed to get back to my car at Terminal A?

Just do what I do. Ride the Skylink and get your car first. There are usually plenty of one hour spots right outside of your baggage claim area. AA is usually slow on DFW based bags anyway. I assume they work all of the connecting baggage first.
 
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:05 am

I was in DFW last week and although I was dissapointed I did not have a chance to ride the skylink the new terminal areas look really nice and modern compared to the rest of the facility... Especially the new flat screens that I imagine will eventually show flight arrival/departure info? The old monitors were very hard to read for me.
 
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:12 am

Any plans to extend it to the rental car center??
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:14 am

Quoting Thecamel67 (Reply 8):
Just do what I do. Ride the Skylink and get your car first. There are usually plenty of one hour spots right outside of your baggage claim area.

Great idea.

Quoting FlewGSW (Reply 7):
Just one issue with the tram stations, no flight display monitors.

Interesting -- will these be coming online? The old TrAAin stations had monitors, I find it hard to believe that this wasn't considered. The issue may be due to the fact that (to my knowledge) there is no centralized flight monitor system at DFW. Each airline maintains its own monitors. SkyLink is operated by DFW, not AA, so that may explain it. Still, it's definitely something DFW should work on.

Thanks for your responses! I'll give it a ride someday!
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:22 am

Quoting Kaniksu (Reply 9):
I was in DFW last week and although I was dissapointed I did not have a chance to ride the skylink the new terminal areas look really nice and modern compared to the rest of the facility... Especially the new flat screens that I imagine will eventually show flight arrival/departure info? The old monitors were very hard to read for me.

Yes, the new LCD flat screen monitors, owned by the airport, are slowly being rolled out across the terminals and the AA terminals at least are all in various states of disarray because they are in the middle of a refurb that started about 7-8 years ago. Slowly but surely, both Terminals A and C are getting new terrazo marble floors, new carpets, and new ticket counter signage. Terminal A is pretty much done and now they are slowly moving on to Terminal C. All D/FW needs to do now is raise the ceiling in the terminals a little and add skylights overhead and DFW's terminals will be great.

[Edited 2005-06-06 18:26:18]
 
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:22 am

The Terminal Link buses will NOT be taken out of service - for the exact reason that was stated. If you get your bags, you will need a way to get to your car at another terminal. If you look at the press info from DFW, they state that the buses will be there for that reason.

See info:

http://www.dfwairport.com/transport/connect.html

[Edited 2005-06-06 18:24:42]
 
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:24 am

Quoting FlewGSW (Reply 7):
Just one issue with the tram stations, no flight display monitors

IIRC, there are large LCD monitors downstairs at each Skylink station with information. This may not be the handiest place to have them, but they may provide gate information to pax.
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:25 am

Quoting LY4XELD (Reply 14):
IIRC, there are large LCD monitors downstairs at each Skylink station with information. This may not be the handiest place to have them, but they may provide gate information to pax.

True - the monitors are down the escalators in the gate house area.
 
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:25 am

Quoting DeltaFFinDFW (Reply 13):
The Terminal Link buses will NOT be taken out of service

My mistake then, my apologies, I got mixed up with the TrAAin.
 
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:45 am

Quoting Ssides (Reply 11):
The issue may be due to the fact that (to my knowledge) there is no centralized flight monitor system at DFW. Each airline maintains its own monitors. SkyLink is operated by DFW, not AA, so that may explain it. Still, it's definitely something DFW should work on.

There must be some sort of centralized flight monitor system, as when I used to park in Remote South, the monitors there included all flights/airlines.
 
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:52 am

Quoting Jsnww81 (Reply 6):
but there are those pesky DFW O&D passengers to think about too

You mean people like us exist?!! Big grin

Quoting Commavia (Reply 12):
All D/FW needs to do now is raise the ceiling in the terminals a little and add skylights overhead and DFW's terminals will be great.

Exactly. DFW's Terminals A, B, C, and E all have low ceilings and feel claustrophobic. The raised ceilings, skylights et. al will give an airy, roomy appearance that will definitely improve the look of the terminals.
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:03 pm

I had a massive layover at DFW and hoped on SkyLink and got some awesome pics of AA massive fleet. I don't consider DFW connection hell anymore with this new service.

Best Regards.
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 3:31 pm

Quoting AAtakeMeAway (Reply 17):
There must be some sort of centralized flight monitor system, as when I used to park in Remote South, the monitors there included all flights/airlines.

not to mention the tv channels in the hotel that show flight info...
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RE: Anyone Ridden DFW's SkyLink?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 3:33 pm

Quoting Aa777jr (Reply 19):
got some awesome pics of AA massive fleet

If we could only get awesome pics of some foreign metal. Sigh!!
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