Pictures: Oakland Airport Connector Construction Update – February 2013

Post by Nick Chu

Construction of the Oakland Airport Connector is well underway and continues to make headway. Thanks to one of our readers, Steven Dorst, we have some new pictures of the construction progress thus far. Check it out.

Guideway and vehicle rendering. Image by Steven Dorst.


Station rendering and notice. Image by Steven Dorst.

Station construction progress - 1. Image by Steven Dorst.


Station construction progress - 2. Image by Steven Dorst.

Thanks again to Steven Dorst for allowing us to share the pictures. If you have any questions about this post, feel free to comment below or you may contact Steven himself via his Twitter account.

More construction photos are available on the official Oakland Connector website.


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  1. Nice to see the pics on here Steven. Too bad BARTs website as of late Feb 2013 only has pics on available from Nov 2012. http://www.oakconnector.com/ProjectConstructionNovember2012.htm It'd be interesting to see how BART got to $500M+ on this project. I do see what appears to be some underground portions of the routing. But as has been mentioned here, the public agencies spend a lot more than folks like the private industry in Las Vegas for example.
  2. Scott, I think the only underground portion is the short stretch going under the (fairly complex) intersection of Airport Drive/Doolittle Drive/98th Avenue. And I think most - perhaps all - of this short section is being built using cut and cover. And the only reason I can think of for undergrounding even this section is that staying above ground would get too close to the glide path for airplanes on approach to OAK runways 27L and (especially) 27R Even factoring that short underground stretch into things, it's still hard to imagine how the project gets to $500M+.