Clean energy people mover connects seamlessly to all terminals, parking, hotel, rental car facilities; special parking promotion available
SAN FRANCISCO- May 5, 2021 – The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has completed a project to extend the AirTrain electric people mover system to Long-Term Parking. With this accomplishment, the AirTrain now provides seamless connectivity between all terminals, all parking garages, the on-airport hotel, BART station, and Rental Car Center. As transportation to Long-Term Parking was previously provided by shuttle bus, this move is expected to eliminate 600,000 miles of trips annually.
“This is the culmination of the long-held ambition for SFO,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “When the AirTrain opened in 2003, we always envisioned a future project to create this extension to Long-Term Parking. Completing this construction means easier access for travelers, less roadway congestion, and more clean-energy transportation around our Airport. My thanks go out to the entire project team for achieving this milestone in our history.
”Prior to this, the AirTrain system terminated at the Rental Car Center. The $259M construction project extended the AirTrain guideways by 1,900 feet to reach the Long-Term Parking area, running 50 feet above a public roadway, and built a new station with a pedestrian bridge connecting the AirTrain to one of two Long-Term Parking multilevel garage structures. The design-build team was awarded to Skanska Constructors and WSP, and construction management was awarded to PGH Wong.
Special Parking Promotion
SFO is offering a special parking promotion. Customers who make a booking for Long-Term Parking can receive half a day of free parking for every one day booked starting on the second day. For example, if a customer books 7 days, they receive 3 days free. There are no caps to the number of free days customers can earn so the longer the stay, the less paid per day.
When it opened in 2003, SFO’s AirTrain was the largest automated people mover in North America, capable of moving 3,000 people per hour in each direction. The system consists of a fleet of 41 clean energy electric vehicles that run along over 6 miles of fully automated concrete guideways. The system has two lines; the Blue Line, which serves the Rental Car Center and Long-Term Parking Garage, and the Red Line, which loops around the terminals. With a top speed of 30 miles per hour, a complete loop of the Blue Line will take 25 minutes, while a loop of the Red Line will take nine minutes.
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