MTC Approves Spending for Airport Connector

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OAKLAND, Calif. (KCBS) _ Members of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission have approved a spending plan for a project slated to connect BART to the Oakland Airport.

The Oakland Airport Connector is a project that’s been talked about for at least the last 20 years.

It’s been subjected to numerous studies, public meetings and reviews.

Commissioner Chris Daly said that doesn’t mean the project should go forward.

“It makes sense to change course right now, even considering all of the work that has been done to this point,” said Daly. “It’s not a pretty thing to say, but it’s honest and it’s truthful.”

Meanwhile, Adrienne Tissier of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission said the fact it has been talked about for so long is the reason to approve it.

“The longer we delay, the longer we delay, the longer we don’t keep things going,” she said. “The longer we don’t build it and the higher the cost goes. I think the time is now to make that decision.”

The MTC voted to approve $20 million for the project that will link the Oakland Coliseum BART station to the airport.

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