SMC Completes BART Oakland Airport ConnectorContributor: Swinerton Blogger | January 21, 2015
Bring your luggage and fly Oakland International Airport! BART recently celebrated the opening of the long-awaited BART Coliseum Station to Oakland International Airport Connector Train. The Connector train is an automated people mover that covers 3.1 miles from the BART Coliseum Station to the Oakland International Airport. Although a short portion of the connector runs at-grade via a U-wall and tunnel, most of the system is on an elevated tubular steel truss guideway, which provides for great views.
BART passengers will now enjoy an eight-minute trip between stations, 14 minutes door-to-door, with only a five minute wait time for the trains. Currently configured with a three-car train, the system has the capacity to carry up to 3.2 million passengers a year and can expand capacity up to 4.9 million passengers a year with four car trains. This project required the coordination of several principal agencies, including Caltrans, the Port of Oakland Airport, the City of Oakland, UPRR and others. This FTA funded Buy America project, provided not only national opportunities for firms, but much needed jobs for the local trade community.
The third BART project for the Swinerton Management & Consulting (SMC) Infrastructure group, it is by far the largest. SMC looks forward to future projects with BART!