The Monthly Newsletter of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society—October 2017

 

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Transportation Systems
Bay Area Rapid Transit Extension South on the East Bay
Harvey Glickenstein

San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Warm Springs Extension opened for service on Saturday, 25 March 2017. The 5.4-mi extension connects the existing Fremont Station to the new Warm Springs/South Fremont Station.

The new station includes 2,082 parking spots, including 42 electronic car charging stations as well as intermodal connections to Alameda-Contra Costa (AC) Transit and private shuttles. Bike lockers and bike racks were also installed to ensure that the station is fully accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. It also includes a bus transit center to provide easy connections between the trains and AC Transit buses.

“This will be history in the making,” said BART Director Tom Blalock, who serves Fremont and has been a leader in making the extension a reality. “This will bring BART service to the residents of fast-growing South Fremont. They'll have a reliable, environmentally responsible alternative to driving on the sometimes nightmarish Nimitz Freeway.”

The Warm Springs Extension also paves the way for BART to Silicon Valley, a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority project that's underway BART to Silicon Valley extends the line south to San Jose and then north to Santa Clara. A firm date for opening the extension beyond the Warm Springs Station has not yet been announced.

The Warm Springs Station, located at 45193 Warm Springs Boulevard, has nearly 2,000 solar panels installed on the station roof and on parking lot canopies. They will operate for at least 20 years under a “power purchase agreement” between BART and SolarCity, a supplier of solar panel-generated electricity that operates in 27 states and in Washington, DC. 

The panels went into operation on 29 September 2016 and have the capacity to generate 512 kW of power, which is more than enough to serve all the daytime electricity needs for the Warm Springs/South Fremont Station.

The Warm Springs project includes two rail lines, three control rooms, five traction power facilities, and two box tunnels, including a 1-mi cut-and-cover tunnel under Lake Elizabeth in Fremont Central Park. Although the tunnel work was performed underneath the park for approximately three and one-half years, the park and its facilities remained open to the public the entire time.

An eight-acre wetland site was part of the environmental mitigation to offset the impact of the project. A section of the tunnel near Fremont Central Park that passes by Hayward Fault as well as an adjoining aquifer posed a significant technical challenge. 

To protect the tunnel from potential earthquake activity, its innovative design includes seismic joints and a flexible, self-repairing waterproofing gel that allows the subway box to withstand a major earthquake while maintaining a relatively water-free environment inside the tunnel.

Full article: IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, Volume 12, Number 3, September 2017

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