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Bart Oakland Connector Project

The joint venture team of Flatiron and Parsons Transportation Group faced numerous safety challenges constructing the $375 million BART Oakland Connector Project.
Safety Efforts of a Project Team 
Flatiron West, Inc. 
BART Oakland Airport Connector Project - Oakland


The joint venture team of Flatiron and Parsons Transportation Group faced numerous safety challenges constructing the $375 million BART Oakland Connector Project, a 3.4 mile automated people mover (APM) that connectsthe existing BART Coliseum Station to Oakland International Airport. The team developed a comprehensive safety program designed to address and successfully mitigate the many unique challenges.

AGC of California awarded Flatiron Parsons Joint Venture a Safety Excellence award for “Safety Efforts of a Project Team” for the project. The APM starts with an elevated Coliseum station partially over existing and ac- tive BART facilities. The elevated guideway then crosses over active railroad tracks, travels in the median of busy Hegenberger Road and crosses numerous city of Oakland streets and the 880 freeway before entering the midpoint maintenance facility and drive house. From there, the trains go below grade in a u-wall section to maintain clearance for planes approaching airport runways before eventually going back above grade and finishing with an above ground airport station.

The project team needed to address the concerns of a wide range of authorities having jurisdiction over the project, as well as major subcontractors who each presented unique concerns. The team developed an extensive safety orientation that was given to all companies and personnel involved in the job. In addition to the usual mandatory training such as forklift, CPR / first aid, and the like, there was also special training for unique hazards presented in the tunnel section which addressed potential environmental hazards and for working within the BART operating envelope. Special access and fall protection training was instituted for all those working on the guide way section.

The numerous safety program components instituted on this project and a team approach to safety helped the team step up to overcome the many challenges. Ultimately, they delivered a successful and safe project that saw zero lost time injuries in 416,784 man hours worked.