In+Motion_Winter 2015

A PUBLICATION BY LEA+ELLIOTT TRANSPORTATION CONSULTANTS

WINTER 2015

BART to OAK Opens for Service!

Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) to Oakland International Airport (OAK) opened for revenue service in November 2014. BART to OAK is an Automated People Mover (APM) system that provides passengers an efficient means of traveling between BART’s Coliseum Station and Oakland International Airport. Previously, passengers taking BART to travel to the Airport exited the BART Coliseum Station, boarded the AirBART bus, and then traveled the approximate 3-mile route along a very busy Hegenberger Road to the Airport. While the expected headway for the bus was every 10 minutes, often traffic congestion slowed the buses down to something much longer than that. With the new BART to OAK service, passengers will not need to exit the BART system, and four 3-car

Oakland International Airport a more attractive alternative to Bay Area residents who would rather leave their cars at home as well as travelers and tourists wanting a fast and easy connection to Downtown Oakland and San Francisco. The public response was immediate, as in the first two months, ridership is up 30%! Lea+Elliott is the General Engineering Consultant for the BART to OAK project, and has led the planning, environmental review, and both the Design-Build-Operate-Maintain (DBOM) and Design-Build-Finance-Operate (DBFO) procurement processes. Lea+Elliott supported the Environmental Impact Statement/Review (EIS/EIR) and Major Investment Study (MIS) processes and performed Preliminary Engineering. Lea+Elliott also prepared DBOM/DBFO procurement documents (including Design-Build contract continued on p 2

trains will be operated on 4.6-minute headways, offering a more predictable and faster means of transportation between BART and the Airport. BART passengers can get to the Oakland Airport from the existing Coliseum Station platform by crossing a pedestrian bridge to a new platform and boarding the APM system, which takes nine minutes to reach the Airport. This new direct connection between BART and OAK makes

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