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)


Breaking News: SFO has a free cell phone parking lot – excerpt

BREAKING NEWS: We are informed that SFO has a Free Cell Phone Parking Lot. Who knew? This information needs to be shared with more people. (map)

Friends and family who are picking up arriving passengers can conveniently wait for them at SFO’s Cell Phone Waiting Lot. The lot is available at no charge and located adjacent to the long-term parking facility, just five minutes from the terminals. Please note the following:

  • Maximum wait is 60 minutes
  • Lot is closed from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • Vehicles must be attended
  • Commercial vehicles are not permitted
  • Space is available on a first come, first serve basis
  • Soft drink and water vending machine is available
  • Flight arrival information kiosk is available

SFO’s cell phone waiting lot is located at:

806 South Airport Boulevard
San Francisco, CA  94128

Driving directions to cell phone waiting lot:

From 280  |   From the North (San Francisco)  |   From the South (San Jose)

Driving directions from cell phone waiting lot to the terminals