July 1, 2009 > BART Watch
Warm Springs Extension
The Warm Springs Extension will add 5.4-miles of new BART tracks from Fremont Station to a new station in Warm Springs, Fremont, with an optional station at Irvington which might be added later.
The project's goals include congestion relief on the I-880 between Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties, regional transit network improvement, creation of opportunities for transit-oriented development and support for future rapid transit extensions into Santa Clara County.
The alignment will cross over Walnut Ave; under Stevenson Blvd, Fremont Central Park and the Union Pacific Railroad track in a subway; over Paseo Padre Parkway; under Washington Blvd; under Auto Mall Parkway; and over South Grimmer Blvd.
The new station will be a transit hub enabling passengers to transfer between BART, VTA and AC Transit buses, taxi and passenger drop-off areas on Warm Springs Blvd, pedestrian and bicycle routes. Approximately 2,000 parking spaces are included in this project.
In 2008, the Warm Springs Policy Advisory Committee merged with the Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor (SVRTC) Policy Advisory Board. The Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA) is working with VTA, the SVRTC Project sponsor, to extend BART beyond Warm Springs to Milpitas, San Jose and Santa Clara.
The SVRTC project's Draft Environmental Impact Study evaluates a minimum operating section between Warm Springs and Berryessa and an extension to the City of Santa Clara. The comment period closed on May 8.
Two large construction contracts are included in the Warm Springs Extension -Fremont Central Park Subway and the Line, Track, Station and Systems.
The Fremont Central Park Subway contract was awarded to the low bidder, Shimmick/Skansa Joint Venture in the amount of $137M on May 28. BART is expected to issue a Notice to Proceed in late July.
The subway will consist of the trackway embankment south of Walnut Ave and the BART subway from just north of Stevenson Blvd, through Fremont Central Park, including a portion of Lake Elizabeth, and beneath the UPRR freight track to just north of Paseo Padre Parkway. Two ventilation structures will be built and park amenities such as the dog park, basketball courts and parking will be relocated. Construction is scheduled to start summer 2009 and last for about 3 1/2 years.
ACTIA and BART are in final negotiations for a Project Specific Agreement for the construction of the Fremont Central Park Subway.
The Line, Track, Station and Systems contract requires the contractor to undertake final design and construction of the trackway, systems, the connection with Fremont Station and the new Warm Springs Station. Construction should begin in 2010 and last four years. Request for Qualifications for the contract will be issued in summer/fall 2009. Construction costs are estimated at $350M.
The total project cost amounts to $890M. ACTIA's commitment is $220.4M and BART's contribution will total $24M. The project is fully funded.
VTA has worked with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the City of Milpitas and the community to identify local transportation needs and solutions. There is regular dialogue between VTA project teams responsible for the City's transportation and BART to Milpitas to coordinate planning efforts for an integrated transit center serving bus, light rail, shuttles and BART when BART enters revenue service to/from Milpitas in 2018.
Many VTA bus routes start at Fremont BART but any decision to move their starting points southward as each new BART station enters service is unclear since some VTA customers use stops between Fremont BART and the proposed new stations.
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