|Quoting N1120A (Reply 64):|
Adding the BART connection to SFO really did kind of regionalize OAK. The AirBART connector might reverse some of that, but I doubt you'll ever see what OAK formerly was with the US3.
Not really no. It did, however, bloat the BART fares to OAK
. The connector surcharge is double what the bus cost and now puts SF
at $1-2 more each way than SF
(assuming you're just taking BART). The connector also managed to starve BART of maintenance funds and gobble up other regional transit funds (not entirely unlike how BART to SFO
decimated the SamTrans budget). It's perhaps the most ridiculous vanity infrastructure project after the new Bay Bridge. There were better ways to spend half a billion dollars, and now that BART is back to begging for more money after some rather high profile service problems I'm sure the connector is leaving a bad taste in a few people's mouths.
Having used it earlier this year I was disappointed that it's further from the Coliseum station than the bus stop, and it's further away from the terminals. Were it faster or cheaper (to build or use) that'd be one thing. It's not.
As for parking, just use BART. It's roughly $7/day for a long-term (up to 30 days) permit.
, the security and weather are nicer. Otherwise I'd take SFO
in a heartbeat (of course I don't live in the East Bay). For international flights the choice is pretty clear as SFO
has quite an advantage with BART right to the baggage claim area.