Efficient Passenger Transportation
Flatiron/Parsons Joint Venture (FPJV) designed and constructed the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Oakland International Airport (OAK) Connector, a 3.2-mile-long automated guideway transit (AGT) system that links the Coliseum BART Station to the new OAK Station at the Oakland International Airport. This driverless automated people mover had been in the planning, environmental review, and certification process for more than 25 years; it replaces the former AirBART shuttle bus service. The contract for design and construction was awarded in 2010.
Traveling above traffic, the OAK Connector spans the length of the Hegenberger Road business corridor and uses cable propulsion technology. Four three‑car trains depart every 4 minutes, completing the station-to-airport trip in 10.5 minutes during peak hours. About 3,300 passengers make the trip each day. The system was designed to expand to accommodate four-car trains as demand increases.
The project included three main components:
- Two passenger stations: Coliseum Station and Airport Station
- Doolittle Maintenance and Storage Facility
- Realignment of a 3,500-ft-long bike path