This article reports progress on construction of the long-awaited extension of San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO). This new link will not only bring a rail service to this very busy airport, but greatly expand BART ridership on the San Francisco Peninsula, and increase rail travel within the whole Bay area. The extension will have 12km of main line to a multimodal interchange at Millbrae, and a 1.9km spur to serve the airport. Most of the line will be underground, but the airport station will be elevated to the level of a new international terminal now being built. The extension is forecast to carry nearly 70,000 passenger journeys per day by 2010, including about 20,000 trips to the airport. BART trains will run direct to the airport every 15min to 20min, with a journey time of 30min at most from central San Francisco. The airport itself has an ambitious expansion plan, with over 60 projects which will significantly raise its capacity. New freeway access ramps and better parking facilities will improve its vehicle access, and a peoplemover linking various airport sites will reduce traffic congestion. Excavation of tunnels for the 14km long four-station extension began in November 1998, and faces several seismic and other engineering challenges.

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  • Publication Date: 1999-1


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  • Accession Number: 00767156
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 6 1999 12:00AM