BART Breaks Ground on US Airport Connector Project

24 October 2010 (Last Updated October 24th, 2010 18:30)

The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) board in the US broke ground last week on the $484m Oakland Airport connector project. The automated people mover project will provide a 3.2-mile connection between BART's Coliseum station and Oakland Airport, transporting air travellers in about eight

The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) board in the US broke ground last week on the $484m Oakland Airport connector project.

The automated people mover project will provide a 3.2-mile connection between BART's Coliseum station and Oakland Airport, transporting air travellers in about eight minutes.

The electric, driverless, automated trains would run on a fixed, elevated guideway above the congestion and would arrive at the Coliseum BART station every 4.5 minutes.

The Flatiron / Parsons joint venture will design and construct the fixed, elevated guideway and Austria-based Doppelmayr will supply the automated people mover (APM) technology.

The train-to-plane connection project could begin in early 2011, while service is anticipated in three-and-a-half years.