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BART service to Oakland airport begins Nov. 22


Bay Area Rapid Transit's (BART) new "train-to-plane" service to Oakland International Airport will start in time for this year's Thanksgiving Day holiday travel period, the agency announced late last week.

The "BART to OAK" service will begin Nov. 22.  Riders will be able to board one of four three-car automated people movers at the Coliseum or Oakland International Airport station and take the eight-minute ride at 30 mph, BART officials said in a press release.

A  public celebration will be held Nov. 21 at the Coliseum Station to mark the new service.

"The ride and the experience alone are memorable," said BART General Manager Grace Crunican. "Riders get a 360-degree view from the windows surrounding the entire car as you travel over the traffic below. It’s a cable propelled system with light-weight and quiet trains, so it’s like gliding through the air."

The $484 million project broke ground in 2010. As of Nov. 22, AirBART buses will no longer be in operation.

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