- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A long-anticipated train line that connects Oakland International Airport to the rest of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system has opened.

BART started running the line Saturday morning, making the 3.2-mile route in just 8 minutes.

Previously, passengers were forced to take a bus between the airport to the closest BART station. The ride typically took 15 to 30 minutes, depending on street traffic.

The driverless, cable-pulled Oakland Airport Connector system cost $484 million. Officials have talked about rail connections between BART and Bay Area airports ever since the commuter rail system opened in 1972. But it took decades to make the final links.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://lat.ms/1tcy2Nz) passengers praised the new line for offering a faster and more convenient transfer between the airport and BART trains.

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