By Matt Artz
Friday, February 18th, 2011 at 9:27 am in Uncategorized.
Fremont council members will approve its legislative priorities and its funding wish list. Interesting that the city is seeking money for the Warm Springs BART station when everyone knows it’s going to be a dud thanks to Union Pacific.
Maybe it’s too late to scrap it altogether and have BART build the Irvington station and let the city’s big redevelopment bond pay for fostering business growth and affordable housing near that station.
Anyway, here’s the list:
1. Auto Mall Parkway between I-680 and Osgood Road, and Mission Boulevard between I-680 and Warm Springs Boulevard: 680 trying to reach the Warm Springs BART station will increase the already congested segments on Auto Mall Parkway between I-680 and Osgood Road and on Mission Boulevard between I-680 and Warm Springs Boulevard. The City supports seeking regional, state or federal funding to assist with making the necessary improvements to either of these roadway segments to mitigate some of the BART impacts.
2. Warm Springs BART west entrance: from both the east side of the station, toward the BART parking lot, and the west side of the station, toward the TESLA factory. However, the current Warm Springs Extension Project only has funding for station access from the east. With the large amount of vacant land west of the station, the City desires to provide access from the west side of the BART station to facilitate development and redevelopment of parcels west of the station. However, with the recent sale of the vacant NUMMI properties to Union Pacific Railroad, the need for access on the west side of the station is dependent upon the UPRR’s ultimate use of this property. Should UPRR be willing to develop a portion of that land with uses that generate substantial BART ridership, the City supports the use of regional, state or federal funding to provide access from the properties west of the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) and BART tracks, over the UP tracks into the west side of the BART station.
3. Irvington BART Station: assumed the extension would include an Irvington BART Station located near the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Osgood Road. Due to funding constraints, BART’s Warm Springs Extension funding plan does not include the Irvington Station. Instead, the Irvington Station has been designated as an optional station with the City being responsible for identifying and securing the necessary funding for the station. With the recent approval of the Redevelopment Agency’s Plan Amendment, sufficient Redevelopment funding now exists to fully fund the Irvington Station assuming these funds are not affected by the governor’s recent budget proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies. Although sufficient Redevelopment funding may be available, this is a very substantial project with regional transportation benefits. Therefore, the City and Agency seek regional, state and federal funding for the Irvington Station to offset a portion of the Agency’s cost.
4. Street/Pavement rehabilitation: investment of over $1 billion. As any street system ages and traffic loading increases (caused by increasing traffic, changes in bus routes and the use of heavier waste hauling and delivery trucks), the long-term maintenance needs increase. The City’s Pavement Management System (PMS) has identified approximately $190 million in needed pavement maintenance over the next five years. That level of funding would bring the entire street system up to a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) of 78. The optimal PCI is 83. The current PCI is 62. After one-time federal and state funding is exhausted, the City only has funding for approximately $4.8 million annually for pavement rehabilitation projects.
Regional Communications System Joint Powers Authority (EBRCSA) to build an interoperable P-25
compliant radio communications system for cities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The
current estimated total cost for the new system is almost $70 million. EBRCSA has secured
approximately $39 million in funding from grants and anticipates securing approximately an
additional $14 million in grant funding over the next four years. To finance the remaining $17
million needed to complete the radio system, Alameda and Contra Costa counties increased the size
of their debt issuance. As part of the debt issuance, EBRCSA asked each member agency to
financially commit to participate in the debt based on the number of radios each agency will operate
on the new system. On September 28, 2010, the City Council authorized the CityManager to
negotiate and execute documents for EBRCSA to own, build, and operate the radio system and
appropriated $1,458,150, for the one-time service payment representing the City’s portion of the
total debt. Prior to 2013, when the new radio system is expected to be operational, the City needs to
purchase digital radio equipment for non-public safety departments in the City, including
Maintenance, Recreation, Building Inspection, Construction and Landscape. The radios used by the
Fremont Fire Department and Police Department were replaced in Fiscal Years 2008/09 and
2009/10, respectively. The City currently has a partially funded Capital Improvement Project with a
balance of $264,354 (excluding the one-time service payment). The total project cost to replace
radios for the non-public safety departments is approximately $1 million.
6. Warm Springs BART extension:
funding component has been delayed due to delays in State transportation bond sales. Should
additional funding be required as the project proceeds, the City will support BART’s pursuit of
additional regional, State or federal funds.
7. Mission Boulevard/I-880 interchange improvement project:
Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC)
Transportation Authority (VTA) on a project to improve the Mission Boulevard interchange area.
Phase IA of the project has been completed. Phase IB includes widening Mission Boulevard and
constructing on and off ramps fromMission Boulevard to Kato Road, which were removed in Phase
IA. Phase II includes a grade separation at Warren Avenue to facilitate the BART extension to San
from a merger of the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA) and the Alameda County Congestion
Management Agency (ACCMA).
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Jose and eliminate the Union Pacific Railroad grade crossings that are routinely blocked by freight
trains. The project also requires changes to the Truck-to-Rail Transfer Facility south ofWarren
Avenue to accommodate the Warren Avenue Grade Separation and the future BART extension
improvements. The City has committed over $40 million to the project, including almost $8 million
of City-owned right-of-way.
design is only 95% complete and final construction estimates have not been prepared.
8. I-680/I-880 Cross connectors:
improving one or more connections between I-680 and I-880, called “cross connectors”. VTA has
completed an evaluation of the short-term and long-term projects encompassed by the cross
connector study. The “short-term” improvements include improvements to the I-680/Mission
Boulevard interchange and the widening of Mission Boulevard between Warm Springs Boulevard
and I-680 (estimated cost $65 million); widening of Auto Mall Parkway to six lanes (estimated cost
$40-$45 million); and widening Fremont/Grimmer Boulevards at grade to six lanes (estimated cost
$55-$66 million). Neither the City nor VTA has been able to identify any funding for these projects.
Estimated shortfall: $160 – $171 million.
9. ADA compliance for intersections:
comply with the latest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards within the public right-ofway.
The new ramps will meet the ADA requirements for slopes, landings, and detectable warning
surfaces. The ramps will improve the accessibility of public sidewalks, and the detectable warning
surfaces will alert visually impaired pedestrians to the presence of an intersection.
shortfall: $45 million.
10. Sidewalk repair:
are just as old or older. The roots from these street trees can displace pavement and cause hazardous
conditions for pedestrians and cyclists. The City now provides temporary patches and has a longterm
plan to fix sidewalks. However, the needs exceed the City’s available resources. As the City
ages, this problem will grow unless funds can be secured to increase capacity to deal with the street
trees and sidewalks.
11. Citywide fiber optic and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) deployment:
existing copper signal interconnect cable (that communicates media for the City’s traffic signals)
ages and becomes obsolete, it needs to be replaced by high bandwidth fiber optic cable. The use of
fiber optic cable provides unlimited possibilities to serve other City needs and facilities not available
in the past with copper interconnect cable. Fiber optic cables can link traffic signals, closed circuit
television cameras, and changeable message signs. In addition, the use of fiber optic cable gives the
City the ability to provide a more secure and reliable high bandwidth connection to other City
facilities, such as fire stations, community centers, recreation centers, and libraries. These facilities
are either not connected at all, or they are on less reliable, lower bandwidth, leased lines. Installing
fiber optic cable also gives the City the opportunity to provide wireless private and public “hotspots”
at high-density public gathering places. These hot-spots will facilitate emergency response by
providing both police officers and firefighters with the same online computer access in their vehicles
on the street as they would get if they were sitting in a City office. This project, which can be phased
and constructed on a segment-by-segment basis, would install fiber optic cable throughout Fremont
to interconnect facilities such as traffic signals, fire stations, community centers, recreation centers,
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and libraries. In addition, the installation of closed circuit television cameras and changeable
message signs throughout the city would enable staff to better manage and direct traffic.
cost: $12 million.
12. Mowry Avenue widening between Overacker Avenue and Mission Boulevard (under two
active railroad bridges):
Boulevard passes under two old narrow railroad bridges that force the roadway to narrow to one lane
in each direction. This segment of Mowry is one of the most congested roadways in the City. In fact,
this segment was determined to be “deficient” by the County’s Congestion Management Agency. To
eliminate the bottleneck, this segment of Mowry Avenue needs to be widened to two lanes in each
direction. This requires demolishing and reconstructing both railroad bridges while maintaining
freight service and widening the street.