The Oakland Airport Connector (OAC) is an above-ground cable-pulled rail system between Oakland Airport and the Coliseum BART Station. As of Nov. 2014, you can take it between the airport and Coliseum BART!It will set you back $6, but runs frequently, is easy to find, and takes Clipper Cards.
The OAC replaced replaced the AirBART shuttle bus system. AirBART didn't take Clipper but it only cost $3. AirBART ran every ten minutes and the travel time varied from ten to thirty minutes, depending on traffic.
Photos from opening day here.
Here's the schedule from the BART site:
The OAC has been controversial from the beginning for a number of reasons. First is the cost: it is estimated the OAC will cost nearly $500 million when completed. For comparison, the West Dublin/Pleasanton BART station built in 2010 cost $80-90 million. This expense in construction will likely lead to higher fares on the OAC, estimated $6 per trip, compared with $3 per trip for AirBART. Transit advocates suggested the creation of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes between BART and the airport as a less expensive way to minimize the impact of traffic for AirBART riders.
BART ran into difficulty with $70 million of the funding because of lack of compliance with federal civil rights regulations and lying about it. 1, 3 BART also made up numbers about the number of jobs that would be created. 2
It may simply be they're still working the kinks out of the system, but the OAC broke down twice in one week. Once because a piece of plastic blew onto the track and got into some machinery, and another time an electrical problem partially shut down the system. Ironically, the backup is buses, not unlike the old AirBART.
Links and References
- BART Responds to FTA Rebuke, Defends Minority and Equity Practices StreetsBlogSF
- Oakland Airport Connector vs. local Jobs Stop, Drop and Roll
- Federal money in jeopardy for BART rail extension to Oakland International Airport Oakland Tribune January 20, 2010
- OAC: An Example of Sunk Costs Systemic Failure
- Oakland airport BART tram to open in fall 2014 SFGate December 24, 2013
How the OAC fares: An updated financial outlook Transbay Blog
Sky-high cost of BART Oakland Airport link SFGate April 25, 2014
Rocky weekend for BART to Oakland Airport Oakland Tribune December 17, 2014
BART's New Oakland Airport Connector Is Down CBS December 12, 2014