Oakland International Airport Goes Green With Blue Natural Gas Buses

Nine New Parking Shuttles Are Up and Running at OAK

Oakland International Airport proudly presents the arrival of 9 new parking shuttle buses. The vibrant blue buses have just completed the testing period and are already in use. OAK now provides 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 just a short bus ride away from the terminals.  During the last fiscal year, which ended in June, 921,457 passengers utilized OAK parking shuttles. This is up 5% from 875,381 passengers served in the prior fiscal year.

“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,” says Acting Parking and Ground Transportation Manager, Alma Peña. Alma has been overseeing OAK’s parking facilities for 10 out of her 21 years with the Port and is excited to see the opportunities the new shuttles will offer.

Oakland International Airport served 13.1 million passengers in 2017, and is poised to surpass 14 million in 2018.

Image: Alma Peña cuts the ribbon to celebrate OAK’s new parking fleet