Doolittle Maintenance and Storage Facility
Doolittle Maintenance and Storage Facility in 2018
|Location||Hegenberger Drive at Doolittle Drive|
|Platforms||2 side platforms (proposed)|
The Doolittle Maintenance and Storage Facility (also known as the Wheelhouse) is the operations management center for the BART Coliseum–Oakland International Airport line. The building is used for storage and maintenance of the Cable Liner cars, and is also the powerhouse for the system’s 12-foot (3.7 m) drive wheels. It was initially planned to also be a passenger station; the station was cut due to lack of funding, but may be added in the future.
The Final Environmental Impact Report for the Oakland Airport Connector automated guideway transit (people mover) system, released in 2002, called for two intermediate stations on the line at Doolittle Drive and Edgewater Drive. Those stations were intended to support the City of Oakland's plans to improve development along Hegenberger Road - an area largely occupied by airport hotels and industrial businesses. A November 2006 addendum removed the proposed Edgewater Drive station after transit-oriented development plans fell through, and relocated the Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) on a short spur adjacent to the Doolittle Drive station to reduce costs.
By the time construction began in 2013, several additional design changes were made: the MSF was reduced in size and relocated to between the tracks, and the station at Doolittle Drive was deferred until funding was available. A former union house was demolished to provide space for the MSF. The Oakland Airport Connector opened on November 22, 2014 with only the two terminal stations. If funding is procured, an infill station can be added at Doolittle Drive by constructing platforms, a below-track mezzanine, and stairs and elevators for access.
- "Draft BART-Oakland International Airport Connector Final Environmental Impact Report/Final Environmental Impact Statement Addendum" (PDF). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. November 2006.
- "BART to OAK Fact Sheet" (PDF). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. 2014.
- "New BART service to Oakland International Airport now open" (Press release). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. November 21, 2014.
- "BART to OAK Service Frequently Asked Questions" (PDF). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District.
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