Skylink is an elevated automated people mover system located above the airport, in this regard the Skylink is similar to the monorails of Disney World fame. The rail line is 50 feet above the ground. The sleek cars even feature large windows allowing the passengers to enjoy the unobstructed view of the Dallas-Fort Worth skyline. The Skylink trains arrive at each station (2 per terminal) every few minutes and speed its passengers smoothly to their destinations at 35-38 mph. The best feature of the system is that it operates within the secured area of the airport. There is no need to depart the airport and re-enter through the often frustrating TSA security screenings.
As my arrival flight taxied to its assigned gate, the flight attendant announced our arrival gate and then reviewed a litany of destinations and their corresponding departure gates. My seat assignment was in row 8 so my exit from the plane was relatively quick. My eyes spied the bright Skylink signs and the escalator quickly whisked me up to the station. I arrived at the Skylink station above the Terminal C just as the train was slipping quietly into the station. The automated voice announced the arrival of the train just as the doors opened and passengers poured out into the concourse. I slipped aboard and took a seat at the end of the first car. My ride lasted less than 7 minutes as the train cruised into a 2nd station in Terminal C, two stations in Terminal A, and then into the two stations of Terminal B. As the train paused perhaps a minute or two in the stations, most of the time I either checked out the view of the Dallas-Fort Worth skyline or reviewed the terminal guide considering my options for a quick lunch. I marveled at the calm demeanor of the passengers as they boarded and patiently awaited their appointed station. Amazingly, the Skylink is so efficient that the passengers do not jostle each other or push their way into the train like so many ill-planned or overcrowded ground transportation systems I have had the misfortune of enduring.
Fortunately, the speedy transfer afforded me the time to enjoy a healthy lunch at Subway and relax before my next flight. I commend the DFW Airport Authority for their foresighted attention and investment in a smooth operating people mover. I also aappreciated the number of volunteers providing information booths located in the terminals. They were always smiling and pleasant as they respond quickly with information and maps. My only recommendation is to provide free wireless Internet access. Unfortunately, every one of the wired Internet locations were filled with passengers. I would have appreciated access while I waited for my flight.