Fremont: Warm Springs BART Station Rumbles Toward Finish Line
Julian J. Ramos
The Fremont Argus
An aerial view of the Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station taken in March. The facility is expected to go into service in late summer. Photo courtesy of BART
From Warm Springs Boulevard, the BART station that has been slowly rising and taking form over the past few years might finally look completed and ready for business.
Inside, however, there's still a frenzy of activity as workers scramble to wrap up the last tasks so the station can open by late summer.
After two decades of planning, the finish line on the Warm Springs/South Fremont station is fast approaching, said Bay Area Rapid Transit board member Tom Blalock, who represents Fremont.
The $890 million Warm Springs extension, which began in 2009, will add 5.4-miles of tracks from the Fremont BART Station south to the new station. The line includes a 1.2-mile subway tunnel under Lake Elizabeth and Fremont Central Park.
The Warm Springs station will feature an at-grade island platform with an overhead concourse and connections to Valley Transit Authority and AC Transit buses, plus taxi and passenger dropoff areas.
Situated to the east of the Tesla Motors plant and Thermo Fisher Scientific, the station is viewed as a catalyst for the city's 880-acre Innovation District. City leaders envision 4,000 dwelling units and more than 20,000 jobs in that district, as well as up to 11.6 million square feet of commercial and office floor space.