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Bart Air-Rail Connection Set To Open At Oakland International Airport

Bart Air-Rail Connection Set To Open At Oakland International Airport

Press Releases
November 7th, 2014

- Faster, easier air-rail connection offered at San Francisco Bay Area airport -

Oakland, California – November 7, 2014 –Oakland International Airport (OAK) welcomes the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) announcement of the opening day of the Oakland International Airport Station, the world’s newest air-rail connection, on Saturday, November 22, 2014. Trains operating at the new airport station, located just in front of the terminal buildings, will offer a seamless, single ticket connection to all of BART’s 45 stations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The high quality link at the airport will use a direct and exclusive aerial guideway system for transit vehicles equipped with updated seating and larger doors departing to and from the existing Coliseum BART Station.

Trains will depart the Oakland Airport Station every 5 minutes during peak periods Monday through Friday.

The new system will replace the Air BART bus once the rail connection opens. Currently, 7.5% of the approximately 10 million annual passengers at OAK use Air BART. The Port of Oakland, which operates the airport, anticipates that this percentage will increase as the new, easy to use system becomes operational.

"We couldn't be more pleased that the completion of this project comes in time for the busy holiday travel season at OAK. Whether traveling within the USA or to one of the growing number of international destinations served from OAK, travelers in BART's rail network will enjoy a faster, easier and more efficient ride,” said Deborah Ale Flint, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland. "At long last Bay Area residents can experience the ease, convenience and certainty of using BART with the same values they appreciate when making OAK their airport of choice," Ale Flint added.

Sample one-way fares between four popular BART Stations and OAK are as follows:

Oakland Airport Station Regular Adult Youth, Senior
Powell Street SF $10.05 $3.75
Downtown Berkeley $8.50 $3.15
Oakland $8.15 $3.05
Fremont $9.85 $3.65

Complete fare listings are now shown on BART’s website at: http://www.bart.gov/tickets/calculator

The project construction began in 2010.

More information about BART, and the new Oakland Airport Station can be found at BART.gov. Additionally, Oakland International Airport is posting progress on its Facebook site, at Facebook.com/IFlyOAK.

BART also recently announced details of a special rate structure and fare discount program for employees working at Oakland International that commute on BART. More information and registration for the program can be found at BART’s secure site: https://ezrider.bart.gov

About the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport and Oakland International Airport. The Port's jurisdiction includes 20 miles of waterfront from the Bay Bridge through Oakland International Airport. The Oakland seaport is the fifth busiest container port in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. Together, through Port operations and those of its tenants and users, the Port supports more than 72,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland.

Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook and Twitter, or with the Port on YouTube and at www.portofoakland.com.

Contact:
Mona Hernandez
Aviation Marketing and Communications
mhernandez@portoakland.com
(510)563-2892 

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