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.