Bigge Helps Bring BART to Oakland International Airport

With the help of Bigge Crane and Rigging, BART trains will finally run directly to Oakland International Airport, the final link in a project first conceived as long ago as the 1970’s. The BART Oakland Airport Connector is a 3.2 mile BART route connecting the Coliseum station and Oakland Airport. Bigge worked on the above-ground section of the route, lifting the track sections and fixing them to the concrete towers lining Hegenberger Rd.

Bigge operated a Grove GMK6350 with 124’ of boom and 220,400 pounds of counterweight to lift the track trestles into place on the concrete towers. Each trestle section weighed 130,000 pounds and was nearly the length of a football field. The trestle sections were brought in on a trailer Bigge operated and were lifted, rotated, and set on the concrete columns along the route. In addition to the GMK6350, Bigge operated a Link-Belt HC86100 that was used to assist with other facets of the project.

BART, Bay Area Rapid Transit, is a popular public transportation train system, not unlike New York City’s subway, that runs to San Francisco International Airport, along with all over San Francisco and the East Bay. Prior to the track running to the airport, fliers attempting to take BART to Oakland International would have to board a bus at the nearest BART station, sometimes taking up to 30 minutes to arrive at the airport. The BART Connector Project is one part of a $350 million dollar makeover of Oakland International. It is expected to start operating in Spring of 2014.

“With Bigge’s history of involvement in almost every major civil infrastructure project in the East Bay, we were honored to work on this project so close to our centennial anniversary”, said Joe Nelms, VP of Sales and Marketing

Bigge’s crane rental fleet has more than 500 machines, available for both bare lease and operated and maintained rentals. Bigge provides all our customers with dedicated project managers, factory trained technicians, and field support, and has a nationwide, strategic network of service locations. Bigge operates and bare leases cranes on a nationwide basis out of locations in nine U.S. states, from California to Virginia.

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