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Oakland Airport tram gains needed funds

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Frequent fliers could be gliding high above Oakland on an airport light-rail system after transit agencies found funds needed for a controversial project that was abandoned by the federal government.

A $484 million plan to build a 3.2-mile overhead tram network between BART’s Oakland Coliseum station and Oakland International Airport will receive a needed $20.7 million infusion after a Metropolitan Transportation Commission ruling.

The overhead tram is planned to replace a slower bus shuttle that ferries BART riders to and from the airport. Building the system has been a goal of officials and planners for decades, but critics characterize the project as an expensive boondoggle that will damage BART’s budget.

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Construction, which could take four years, was scheduled to begin this year, but the project’s future was thrown into jeopardy after the Federal Transit Administration ruled that BART failed low-income communities in planning efforts and withdrew
$70 million in stimulus funds.

Transit commissioners voted 6-2 on Wednesday to take funding away from road projects in Fremont and Alameda County to help close the final $20.7 million funding gap.

— John Upton

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