BART: Next Stop SFO
Bay Area commuters and visitors have reason to rejoice: Crews have passed the halfway point
in the construction of the highly anticipated 8.7-mile BART extension south from Colma to
San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
"Construction is advancing steadily," said Dave Madden, the project's communication
officer. "This is a huge project and we've made substantial progress."
Work started in 1997. Despite some setbacks, BART is still aiming for an opening date in
Four new BART stations will be added at a cost of about $1.5 billion: South San
Francisco, San Bruno, San Francisco International Airport and Millbrae.
Crews are working simultaneously on all four stations as well as the mainline tracks and
the aerial "wye" structure that will bring trains into the airport's new international
terminal. Nearly four miles of the 6-mile subway south of Colma have been completed.
BART trains will link up with the Caltrain commuter rail system at the Millbrae station,
the new terminus for BART trains heading south from San Francisco.
From San Francisco and the East Bay, BART trains will run directly to the airport or to
Millbrae. From the south, BART plans a dedicated shuttle train operating between the SFO
and Millbrae stations. At the airport, air travelers will disembark within walking distance
of their ticket counters or the airport's planned AirTrain internal people mover.
Once BART begins service, the trip from downtown San Francisco to the airport will take
under 30 minutes.
-- Patrick Runkle
Whether you're heading to SFO's new international
terminal, catching a domestic flight or simply commuting to the Peninsula, BART's 8.7-mile
extension will get you from downtown San Francisco to the airport and Millbrae in under 30