BART to Oakland airport connector set to open before Thanksgiving

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BART's new train line to Oakland International Airport is set to open Nov. 22, in time for Thanksgiving, the transit agency announced Friday.

BART’s new train line to Oakland International Airport is set to open Nov. 22, in time for Thanksgiving, the transit agency announced Friday.

Driver-less trains will haul riders between Coliseum Station and Oakland International Airport Station in just over eight minutes, traveling at 30 mph.

“It’s a cable propelled system with light-weight and quiet trains, so it’s like gliding through the air,” BART General Manager Grace Crunican said.

The cost to ride is $6 in addition to the regular BART fare, so the one-way trip from Richmond station will be $9.60.

The AirART bus system currently taking passengers to the airport will discontinue on Nov. 22.

Trains on the new system will arrive every five minutes during peak commute hours (weekdays 8 a.m.  to 8 p.m.). The system cost $484 million and took over three years to build.  On Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., BART will hold a celebration to commemorate the grand opening.

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