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Warm Springs Extension moving forward

By Matt Artz
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 at 3:31 pm in BART.

BART sent out a press release stating that they are now seeking bids to start building the Warm Springs extension. The agency plans to have all the bids for building a subway line under Central Park in by the end of March. Construction is extended to start this summer and be finished in 2014.

BART clearly didn’t run the release by Fremont folks. The first sentence reads:

“BART is moving forward on a major phase of the Warm Springs Extension project that will ultimately bring BART closer to Silicon Valley.”

Fremont likes to think of itself as part of Silicon Valley.

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  • http://fremontcitizensnetwork.com WS resident

    Let’s get That thing built! This should be a net positive except for those who live within close proximity of the station or those unfortunate enough to be close to the tracks. Just make sure Lew Wolfe does not get off!

  • Doug

    I took BART to S.F. yesterday. It’s been a while since I had a need to use the system. As I gazed out the window heading north to Oakland I became terribly depressed. From Union City all the way through Oakland graffiti is a massive blight everything, walls, roofs, buildings, neighborhood fences, storm drains, etc. Is this what we can expect along the extended Fremont corridor? I don’t see how it can be avoided. How sad. Guess it’s the price we pay for “progress.”

  • Californiaguy

    I have been reading that some groups have opposed Bart’s expansion either to Warm Springs or to Oakland Airport, they believe that buses are more cost effective.
    I believe in the long run they are mistaken, the initial cost may be higher but the life cost is very competitive.
    The main thing I like about transit, that is on Tracks, it makes it harder, for politicians to mess with it. Bus service fluctuates with the Counties finances. Transit on tracks service fluctuates very little.
    That is why I like transit on tracks, rails.
    Now it is time to start talking about light rail for Fremont, along Fremont Blvd. from Automall to Docoto Road.

  • marty

    Doug, You must have also noticed that north of UC, Bart runs very close to residential and industrial. The condition of the tracks from UC through Niles to the Fremont station is a good indicator of the extent of vandalism, and it is not bad.

  • Jen

    I think the “blight” that you noticed north of the Union City station is more indicative of the communities through which BART passes than of the impact of BART itself.

  • Doug

    Jen, you’re correct. Now, what will happen along the corridor from Lake Elizabeth south to Warm Springs along the at-grade portion of the line?

    As Marty noted, “BART runs very close to residential and industrial.” Sounds just like the Irvington corridor to me. The exterior walls of the low-income development bordering Ingersoll Terrace are already a continuing graffiti problem. In fact, someone just painted over all the graffiti once again. The wall doesn’t even have visibility from surface streets. It faces the SPRR tracks.

    COF Planning Commission and City Council have given approval to a future high-density, transit-oriented development called Central Park South. It would run parallel to the SP line and BART line from Paseo Padre Parkway to Washington Blvd. in the slip of land vacated by the relocation of the SP line. “Transit-oriented development” is the future of the Bay Area.

    CalGuy, I’m with ‘ya on the light rail line along Fremont Blvd. It would link north to south and serve retail business, students and commercial interests.

  • Jon Simon

    What we really need is “walk to work and school” oriented development.