Oakland Council Backs Airport Connector

The Oakland City Council reaffirmed its support early this morning for a controversial and expensive tramway from the Coliseum BART station to Oakland International Airport. The council voted 5-2 in favor of the connector, which could cost more than $500 million to build, and turned back a proposal by transit activists and Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan to oppose the project. Opponents had argued that the automated tramway was a boondoggle and that the city and airport would be better served by a rapid-bus system that would cost about one-tenth the price.

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