September 26, 2013 - The BART Oakland Airport Connector (OAC)
Event Date
Sep 26, 2013
Registration Dates
Jan 1, 2013toSep 24, 2013
Hs Lordships
199 Seawall Drive, Berkeley , CA
BART Oakland Airport Connector

Tom Dunscombe from BART will give a brief overview of the  the Oakland Airport Connector (Connector) project which  is on time, on budget and has created much needed jobs for Bay Area contractors and apprenticeships for local youth.

In the three years the project has been under construction, 1,316 on-site jobs were created. Of these positions, 807 were filled by Bay Area talent with 240 of these workers living in Oakland or other communities directly adjacent to the project.

“BART delivered on its promise to hire the project’s work force from the Bay Area’s job pool and we made sure local residents were employed to work on our crews,” BART Board Member Robert Raburn said. Raburn represents BART District 4, which includes the Oakland Airport. “In fact, when we broke down the number total of labor hours worked, so far those from Oakland have been working on site the longest.”

The 3.2 mile link between BART’s Coliseum Station and the Oakland International Airport will replace AirBART, a shuttle bus operated by the Port of Oakland, with a driverless automated people mover (APM) system similar to the APM used at SFO and many other airports. Buses are often bogged down by traffic on Hegenberger Road, Coliseum sporting events, freight trains and accidents, all of which create great angst for anxious air travelers rushing to make their flights. By contrast, the Connector will be a far more relaxing ride that will offer swift, reliable service because the system will be all electric and run on a fixed, elevated guideway above the congestion. The APM trains will arrive at the Coliseum Station every 4 1/2 minutes and will quickly transport air travelers to the airport in 8 minutes and 12 seconds. BART’s APM includes its own vehicles, a new platform a short distance from the Coliseum Station and a platform at Oakland International Airport. The Connector is set to open in the fall of 2014, just in time for holiday travel.

In a related action, today the BART Board of Directors voted to return the Coliseum/Oakland Airport Station to its original name. It will again be dubbed “Coliseum Station,” which allows the Oakland Airport Connector’s end of line stop to use “Oakland International Airport Station” as its designated name. The decision to name the stop at the Oakland International Airport Station mirrors the BART designated name for the San Francisco International Airport Station, which established the precedent of naming a station after the airport where it’s located. The new station is approximately one year from opening and the required signage, system maps and other printed material must be ordered, produced and installed.

Tom Dunscombe - Bio

Graduate of Michigan State University – BS Civil Engineering
Registered Professional Engineer in State of California
Has worked for 30 years in Transportation/Transit Industry - for Caltrans/ Kaiser Engineers, BRW and BART designing and managing transportation projects around the State of California and Utah.
Last 15 years with BART responsible for the construction of the San Francisco Airport Extension – Millbrae Intermodal Station & Oakland Airport Connector.

More recently, Mr. Dunscombe was assigned as the Project Group Manager in charge of the procurement of the Oakland Airport Connector (OAC) Project which will provide a long needed connection between the Oakland Coliseum BART Station and the Oakland International Airport via an automated people mover (APM) system. Between the 2005 and 2009 the project procurement strategy change several time from design-build operate & maintain (DBOM) to a public-private partnership (P3) which ended in late 2008 with the collapse of the financial markets. In 2009 BART and it’s regional partners chose to fully fund project and with some political controversy finally awarded as a DB 20 year Operations and Maintenance contract in 2010. The $484M project is currently scheduled to open in 2014.

11:30 am Networking
12:00 pm Luncheon Program

Hs Lordships, 199 Seawall Drive, Berkeley Marina 94710

Private Companies: $35
Public Agencies: $20
Younger Members (35 and under) and Students: $10

Walkins: (space permitting)
Private Companies $40
Public Agencies: $25
Younger Members (35 and under) and Students: $15

Members who bring a first time guest are eligible to be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card! Bring friend, co-worker or client and tell the chapter administrator during check-in.

After September 24, 2013 please contact our chapter administrator to register.

To register please sign in above, you do not need to be an APWA member to set up a log in. When you log in you will be able to register yourself or any co-worker or friend at the same time. Registration is a commitment to pay and no-shows will be invoiced accordingly. Cancellation will be accepted with a 24 hour written notification. Walk-ins will be accommodated as space allows. Online registration is highly encouraged.

Featured Public Agency:

Prior to the luncheon City staff will make a 5 minute presentation on their department, upcoming projects, and contracting opportunities. This will be followed by a 2 minute Q/A.

Featured Chapter Supporter:
Kennedy Associates

Featured Chapter Supporter: AMS

Gigi MacTaggart
PO Box 1751
Loomis, CA 95650
phone: 501.932.3203
Change Log