California Department of Transportation

BART Air Freight Problem Statement - Phase 2


Matt Hanson

Task Description

Work with the various stakeholders and investigate the feasibility of using the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system to move air freight (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc) in and out of San Francisco and Oakland international airports.
The first portion of the task focuses on a comparison of the current BART system and what technical, operational, and institutional changes would need to be made to accommodate freight.  The second portion of the task focuses on transshipment feasibility for Air Freight Carriers (AFCs) and operation logistics for BART and AFCs.

Task Objective

Quantify the potential for using the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) rail system in place of trucks to move airfreight.  BART only uses a fraction of its capacity for passenger movement.  Moving freight on the system will increase BARTs efficiency and lead to more efficient land use and a reduction in pollution related to moving air freight.

Final Report/Deliverables

Contract is currently underway.