Oakland International Airport (OAK) has put nine new parking shuttle buses into operation after completing a test period. The buses provide a convenient and environmentally sustainable service between airline terminals and parking facilities.
Powered by compressed natural gas, the shuttle buses can reduce fuel costs by up to 50% and greenhouse gas emissions by 25%. The new fleet replaces the 2003 Ford Aerotech ‘Cutaway’-style minibuses with El Dorado Class-E buses from Creative Bus Sales.
OAK’s public and employee parking facilities – the Economy Lot, the Oakland Maintenance Center (OMC) Lot, and the Neil Armstrong Lot (NAL) – are a short bus ride away from the terminals.
During the last fiscal year – ending in June – 921,457 passengers utilized OAK parking shuttles. This figure is up 5% from 875,381 passengers served in the prior fiscal year.
Alma Peña, acting parking and ground transportation manager at OAK, said, “Safety, security, and enhanced customer service are top priorities at OAK. This is just as true for customers boarding aircraft as it is for passengers riding the new and improved parking shuttles. From concept to delivery, this journey has been extremely rewarding.”