Oakland Airport BART Extension to Run by Holidays (UPDATED)

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BART's long-awaited (and very expensive) Oakland Airport Connector light rail is set to open by the holidays*. And all we can say is: yay! 


Like the AirTrain at SFO, the $484 million Oakland Airport Connector is driverless. The three-car trains can carry up to 120 passengers at a time, and are set to leave every five minutes from the Coliseum BART station and follow the 3.2-mile route to the airport and adjacent parking lots for a total travel time of about twelve (measly) minutes. 

The ride will cost you an additional $6 on top of your BART fare, but the transit agency plans to use the revenue to defray maintenance costs (estimated at $8 million per year). 

Still, it'll be worth it to never again have to drag your luggage through a tiny bus door and sit in traffic for 30 minutes. See you on the runway. 

* BART has since announced that the extension will start running on Saturday, November 22.

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