The Oakland Airport Connector (OAC) will link the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART Station with Oakland International Airport via an Automated Guideway Transit system, a driverless people mover on a mostly elevated guideway structure that spans the length of the Hegenberger Road business corridor. OAC will transport passengers between the airport and BART in less than 15 minutes door-to-door, and vehicles will depart every 4 minutes.
The OAC project will:
- Help boost Oakland’s economic, environmental and expansion goals.
- Provide a direct transit link to Oakland International Airport that is unaffected by traffic congestion.
- Create and sustain thousands of jobs.
- Facilitate greater regional connectivity and intermodal transit.
- Support Oakland International Airport's expansion goals.
- Take cars and diesel powered buses off Oakland streets, resulting in cleaner air and a reliable connection to Oakland International Airport.
The OAC project will cost about $484 million. Funding for OAC comes from numerous local, state and federal resources. Read more about the project's partners and funding sources.
Currently, the AirBART fee is $3 per ride. The cost to ride OAC has not yet been determined, but will be established just prior to the start of service. A $6 fare has been discussed as a conservative estimate projected if the region continues to face an economic crisis. The calculation assumes in a worst-case scenario a minimum number of riders would use the system. BART does not expect this scenario to occur as the economy recovers. The actual fare will be determined just prior to the start of service.
The OAC ride time will be approximately 8.5 minutes. The total trip is 12 to 15 minutes, which includes the walk from the Colisem/Oakland Airport BART Station platform to the OAC Coliseum Connector Station platform, and the walk from the OAC Airport Station platform to the airport terminal doors.
BART staff completed a project-specific analysis of the jobs that will be created as a result of the project. These conservative projections show that the project will create more than 2,500 direct and indirect jobs in a city that has one of the highest unemployment rates in the State of California.
Last Updated: December 13, 2012