BART tests new Oakland Airport tram

By Samantha Clark : insidebayarea – excerpt


OAKLAND — BART has begun testing its sleek, driverless trains that will whiz riders between the Coliseum station and Oakland International Airport beginning in November.


This week, the transit agency ran all four of the Oakland Airport Connector trains simultaneously on the new elevated tracks, which will provide the first rail connection to the airport. The tram uses automated three-car trains pulled by cables set inside a steel guideway held up by concrete columns.


“It’s going to be like riding on a cloud,” said project and operations manager Dean Hurst of Doppelmayr, a ropeway technology company based in Austria. “The trains are lighter, the guideway is lighter (and) the availability is easier because you have a controlled environment.”… (more)


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