BART Air-Rail connection set to open at Oakland International Airport

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BART Air-Rail connection set to open at Oakland International Airport

USA: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has announced the opening day of the Oakland International Airport Station, the world's latest air-rail connection, on Saturday 22 November 2014.

The new station is located in front of the airport terminal buildings and will offer a seamless, single ticket connection to all of BART's 45 stations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

The airport link will use a direct and exclusive aerial guideway system for transit vehicles equipped with updated seating and larger doors departing to and from the existing Coliseum BART Station.

Starting on Saturday, November 22, 2014, riders will be able to board one of four three-car automated people movers at either the Coliseum Station or the Oakland International Airport Station and take the eight-minute ride at 30 mph.

“The ride and the experience alone are memorable,” said BART General Manager Grace Crunican. “Riders get a 360 degree view from the windows surrounding the entire car as you travel over the traffic below. It's a cable propelled system with light-weight and quiet trains, so it's like gliding through the air.”

Trains arrive every 5 minutes during peak commute hours (weekdays 8am-8pm) and drop off and pick up riders just steps away from both terminals at OAK.  BART riders have a quick and easy train to train transfer at the Coliseum station.  Riders can use a BART ticket or a Clipper Card.

The new system will replace the Air BART bus once the rail connection opens.

Currently, 7.5% of the approximately 10 million annual passengers at OAK use Air BART. The Port of Oakland, which operates the airport, anticipates that this percentage will increase as the new, easy to use system becomes operational.

"We couldn't be more pleased that the completion of this project comes in time for the busy holiday travel season at OAK. Whether travelling within the USA or to one of the growing number of international destinations served from OAK, travellers in BART's rail network will enjoy a faster, easier and more efficient ride,” said Deborah Ale Flint, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland. "At long last Bay Area residents can experience the ease, convenience and certainty of using BART with the same values they appreciate when making OAK  their airport of choice."

Sample one-way fares between four popular BART Stations and OAK are as follows:   

Oakland Airport Station Regular Adult Youth, Senior
Powell Street SF $10.05 $3.75
Downtown Berkeley $8.50 $3.15
MacArthur Oakland $8.15 $3.05
Fremont $9.85 $3.65

The project construction began in 2010 and cost $484 million