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BART to Open Warm Springs Extension

As Passenger Transport went to press, the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) was preparing to introduce service March 25 on the Warm Springs Extension, which connects the existing Fremont Station to the new Warm Springs/South Fremont Station and serves a fast-growing Silicon Valley community.

The $890 million project came in more than $100 million under budget.

“The new station and 5.4 miles of new track will be a difference-maker in addressing the gridlock on Interstates 880 and 680 by taking thousands of cars off the road each day,” said BART Director Tom Blalock, who represents Fremont. “We’re also helping people reduce their carbon footprint by making the station fully accessible to pedestrians, bus riders and bike riders.”

In addition, BART General Manager Grace Crunican noted that the new station meets the FTA guidelines to incorporate artwork into public transit projects. “BART has commissioned artwork from professional artists for the new station and at the existing Fremont Station,” Crunican said. “A 7,000-square-foot art glass display at the new station anchors it to its surroundings by featuring abstract images of local landmarks.”

The station also features 2,082 parking spots, including 42 solar-powered electronic vehicle charging stations, as well as intermodal connections to AC Transit and private shuttles.

Solar panels installed on the roof of the station and on several parking canopies will produce more than enough energy to meet the station’s daytime power needs. Additionally, BART has installed bioswales that naturally filter silt and pollutants in surface runoff water before it enters the San Francisco Bay watershed.

The extension paves the way for “BART to Silicon Valley,” a 10-mile Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority project currently under construction, which is expected to open for service later this year.
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