Oakland Airport Connector News


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2013 News

BART and Caltrans to Close Northbound Interstate 880 at Hegenberger Road

BART Awards Grant for Local Apprentice Program

2012 News

Oakland Airport Connector Art Program

2011 News

Fourth of July Weekend Motorist Information Advisory

Federal Transit Administration Awards $25 Million Grant for Construction of the Oakland Airport Connector

2010 News

BART General Manager Awards Construction Contracts for Oakland Airport Connector

BART Continues to Move Forward With Oakland Airport Connector Project 


2014 News

 


Vehicle Testing to Begin on Oakland Airport Connector Guideway Tracks

January 16, 2014

Test vehicles will soon be seen travelling on the elevated steel guideway along the Hegenberger Corridor. The Oakland Airport Connector is entering one of its final stages, systems testing, in anticipation of the start of service scheduled for later this fall.

The three-car vehicle, which will be unveiled on January 21, is the first of four which are specially-designed to be used on the 3.2 mile guideway. Each of the four system vehicles is being assembled in Oregon and shipped to Oakland. All will begin testing this spring.

Once construction and testing are complete, the system will operate between BART’s Coliseum Station and the Oakland International Airport, replacing the current AirBART bus service.  Service will begin in fall 2014. Read more.

 

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2013 News

 


BART and Caltrans to Close Southbound Interstate 880 at Hegenberger Road

 

April 12, 2013

BART and Caltrans will close all lanes of southbound Interstate 880 (I-880) at Hegenberger Road on Sunday, April 21 between the hours of 1:30 am and 5:30 am. This early morning closure is necessary to allow crews to construct the Oakland Airport Connector system’s guideway above I-880.  Drivers who must pass through that area will need to follow the detour signs, requiring vehicles to exit at Hegenberger, then detour via Airport Access Road and 98th Avenue in Oakland. Read more. 

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BART Awards Grant for Local Apprentice Program

 

February 26, 2013

Local workers make up the bulk of employees building BART’s Oakland Airport Connector (OAC), and thanks to a newly awarded grant, some of those workers will come from an apprentice program aimed at training young Oakland men and women looking to learn a trade. BART officials today announced the decision to award a grant of nearly $34,000 to the Oakland based Cypress Mandela Training Center to employ a young and diverse workforce made up of Oakland residents. Read more.

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2012 News

 


Oakland Airport Connector Art Program

 

In keeping with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) guidelines to incorporate art into mass transit projects, BART has procured art for the Oakland Airport Connector (OAC) project's new Oakland Coliseum Connector and Oakland International Airport stations. Among the goals of the BART art program are to provide a strong visual identity for each station, and to attract new riders by creating a more personalized and welcoming station. Read more.

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2011 News

 


Fourth of July Weekend Motorist Information Advisory

 

June 30, 2011

BART and the Oakland International Airport (OAK) want to let travellers know that there will be no delays this weekend on Hegenberger Road due to construction preparation work for the Oakland Airport Connector project.

Equipment is being staged, but work will not begin until after the holiday.

Among the current series of activities travellers may notice near the airport are:

  • A large crane near the roadway,
  • Lane re-striping,
  • K-rail (concrete barrier) installation,
  • Construction vehicles entering and exiting the road.

This work is not expected to delay vehicle travel to and from OAK, during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Following the holiday, travellers will see a substantial increase in construction work along the Hegenberger Road corridor. BART, in conjunction with OAK, will deliver project updates, including traffic advisories, to the public as information becomes available. Go to the Construction Updates Page for more information.

Our goal during this project is to keep access to and from OAK “as easy as ever.” Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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Federal Transit Administration Awards $25 Million Grant for Construction of the Oakland Airport Connector

 

February 28, 2011

BART has received a grant of approximately $25 million from the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) New Starts Funds for construction of the Oakland Airport Connector (OAC) project. Award of the FTA grant had been delayed since early 2010 while BART worked to correct deficiencies in requirements specified by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. In order to fulfill the requirements, BART, in close collaboration with the FTA, developed and implemented the Title VI Corrective Action Plan. In January 2011 the FTA concluded that all work related to BART's Title VI Corrective Action Plan had been successfully completed. The New Starts Funds allow the OAC project to move forward with major construction activities for this much anticipated project. Major construction is expected to begin in summer 2011.

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2010 News

 


BART General Manager Awards Construction Contracts for Oakland Airport Connector

 

September 23, 2010

BART has awarded two contracts for the long-anticipated Oakland Airport Connector (OAC). The awards follow a September 16, 2010 decision by the BART Board of Directors to reaffirm contract authorization for the project. View more information about the Board of Directors vote.

The contracts allow a joint-venture of Flatiron/Parsons to move forward with final design and construction of the OAC and Doppelmayr Cable Car Company’s operation and maintenance of the completed system for a period of twenty years. Design and preliminary construction activities are set to begin by late 2010 with service anticipated in 2014. Upon completion of the OAC, travelers will enjoy a swift, convenient, and reliable connection between BART and Oakland International Airport.

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BART Continues to Move Forward With Oakland Airport Connector Project

 

July 22, 2010

The BART Board of Directors has approved a new funding package (Oakland Airport Connector Executive Decision documents and presentation) for the Oakland Airport Connector (OAC) project by a vote of 8 to 1. The decision re-authorizes the General Manager to enter into two contracts—one to design and build the OAC and the other to operate it. These are the same firms the Board awarded the work to in December 2009.

BART staff has issued a report called the Oakland Airport Connector Public Participation Summary along with an appendix. The report contains the results of the outreach the agency did in June as part of its work to gather input from low-income, minority and limited English speaking communities as part of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  BART held five community meetings to provide updated information about the status of the OAC project to East Oakland residents and Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport employees. The meetings also provided an opportunity for community members to express any questions or concerns they had about the project. The report describes the meetings, reports the comments and questions received, and summarizes community opinion expressed during the meetings. A short survey was also distributed to meeting participants. The full report and its appendix is available.

In February 2010 the Federal Transportation Administration withdrew $70 million in federal stimulus funds from the project, citing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The withdrawal of funds postponed award of the contracts that were intended to take place at the end of 2009. BART is working vigorously to comply with Title VI to determine how the project and major service changes may affect low-income, limited English speaking and minority riders. An FTA-approved Title VI Corrective Action Plan is currently being implemented. As part of the plan, a Fare and Service Equity Analysis  was created, accompanied by an explanatory note. In conjunction with this, a series of public meetings solicited input from local communities on how BART can best serve its customers. To date, BART has held more than 40 meetings around the San Francisco Bay Area and within the vicinity of the proposed OAC alignment to inform the public and obtain feedback regarding BART service and transit equity. With the fulfillment of a corrective action plan to address Title VI issues and a revised Funding Plan, it is anticipated that construction of the OAC may begin by late 2010, with service starting in 2014.

View more information on Title VI.

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Last Updated: June 14, 2013