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BART San Francisco Airport Extension
Location San Francisco Bay Area, California
Project Sponsor Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District
Federal Transit Administration
Mode Heavy Rail
Description The opening of the BART Airport Extension to San Francisco International Airport provided residents of San Francisco, Oakland, and other parts of the Bay Area with direct, inexpensive rail access to the airport. The airport extension program extended BART more than 8.7 miles and added four stations to the line. It provides travelers with a direct mass transit link to the airport and shortens the travel time from downtown San Francisco to the airport to one half-hour.
Cost $1.552 billion
Funding Sources

Federal funds

  • FTA New Starts Full Funding Grant Agreement (1997) - $750 million

State funds

  • State of California - $152 million

Local funds

  • BART - $252 million (sales tax revenue bonds, airport station premium fare revenue bonds, project investment earnings, interest earnings)
  • San Francisco International Airport - $200 million
  • San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) - $171 million
  • Metropolitan Transportation Commission - $27 million
Project Delivery/
Contract Method
Private Partner None
Project Advisors/
Bay Area Transit Consultants (BATC)
Joint venture of Bechtel, Parsons Brinckerhoff, John Warren & Associates, and Don Todd Associates, Inc.
Lenders None
Duration / Status 1993 to 2003
Financial Status Closed
  • One of five FTA sponsored turnkey demonstration projects
  • BART District received a private line of credit from several banks, backed by a pledge of future discretionary funds
  • Design-Build project delivery saved an estimated one year in construction time
  • 2004 Grand Award for Excellence in Engineering Design by the American Council of Engineering Companies
Related Links / Articles

BART Airport Extension 10 Year Anniversary
BART Oakland Airport Extension

Contacts Molly McArthur
Manager of Community Relations for Capital Projects
BART Government and Community Relations Department
Tel: (510) 874-7478