Automated People Mover To Be Built At Oakland Airport


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Automated People Mover To Be Built At Oakland Airport

Mike Mitchell

October 6, 2010 - A joint venture of Flatiron and Parsons, with Doppelmayr Cable Car as technology supplier and Turner Construction Company as a major subcontractor, has been awarded a contract by the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) for the Oakland Airport Connector (OAC) Design-Build/Operate and Maintain project. Construction is expected to begin in late 2010 and take 3.5 years to complete.

More than 25 years in planning, the $361 million automated people mover project will provide a 3.2-mile connection between the Coliseum BART Station and the Oakland Airport. The Flatiron/Parsons Joint Venture will design and construct the fixed, elevated guideway and Doppelmayr will supply the Automated People Mover technology, as well as operate and maintain the system for up to 20 years.


"Flatiron is proud to be leading this project," said Curt Weltz, president of the company?s Western Region. "Because of the local unemployment environment, we recognize the importance of not only delivering a high-quality transit project, but also of helping to create employment opportunities in Oakland and surrounding communities."

Once built, the connector will replace the AirBART busses that often are often held up in traffic. The APMs will offer swift, reliable service because they will be run on a fixed, elevated guideway above the congestion. The APMs will arrive at the Coliseum BART Station every 4.5 minutes and will quickly transport air travelers to the airport in about 8 minutes with an on-time performance exceeding 99 percent.

Tom Barron, Parsons Group president said that "Parsons is pleased to continue our nearly 50-year participation in Bay Area transit planning, design, and construction. Like many people in the region, we have been waiting for this project for a long time. It will be a great benefit to BART and the Oakland Airport.?

?Cable-driven urban transportation has a long and rich history in the Bay Area,? remarked Doppelmayr Cable Car CEO Stephan Wabnegger. ?We look forward to adding BART OAC to our growing list of world-class cable propelled APMs.?

?Turner is proud to be part of another project that will serve the local community and visitors to the City of Oakland,? said Turner?s senior vice president, Michael O?Brien.


On July 22 the BART Board of Directors approved a new funding package (Oakland Airport Connector Executive Decision Document and presentation) for the Oakland Airport Connector (OAC) Project by a vote of 8 to 1. The decision re-authorizes the General Manager to enter into two contracts - one to design and build the OAC and the other to operate it.

In February 2010, the Federal Transportation Administration withdrew $70 million in federal stimulus funds from the project, citing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The withdrawal of funds postponed award of the contracts that were intended to take place at the end of 2009.


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