Warm Springs/South Fremont station

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Warm Springs/
South Fremont
Bay Area Rapid Transit
Warm Springs station panorama from parking lot, June 2018.jpg
Warm Springs/South Fremont station in 2017
Location 45193 Warm Springs Boulevard
Fremont, California
Coordinates 37°30′11″N 121°56′24″W / 37.503°N 121.940°W / 37.503; -121.940Coordinates: 37°30′11″N 121°56′24″W / 37.503°N 121.940°W / 37.503; -121.940
Owned by Bay Area Rapid Transit
Line(s) BART S-Line
Platforms 1 island platform
Connections Bus transport AC Transit: 215, 239
Parking 2,082 spaces[1][2]
Disabled access Yes
Opened March 2017[3][1][2]
Preceding station   Bart-logo.svg Bay Area Rapid Transit   Following station
toward Richmond
Richmond–​Warm Springs/South Fremont
Weekdays before 6 pm
toward Daly City
Warm Springs/South Fremont–​Daly City
Weekdays after 6 pm & Weekends (all day)
Future services (2019)
Preceding station   Bart-logo.svg Bay Area Rapid Transit   Following station
toward Richmond
Richmond–​Berryessa/​North San José ​
toward Daly City
Berryessa/​North San José–​Daly City
Route map
Warm Springs Extension open

Warm Springs / South Fremont is a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station in Fremont, California. Service began in March 2017.

During peak hours (weekdays before 6:00 p.m.), this station has four trains per hour on the Warm Springs/South Fremont–Daly City line. In comparison, the neighboring Fremont station has eight trains per hour running on the Daly City and Richmond lines. During off-peak hours, both stations are served by the Richmond-Warm Springs/South Fremont line with three trains per hour. The reason for only having one of the lines serve this station at any given time is a shortage of available train cars.[4]

Originally targeted for 2014, the start of service was delayed repeatedly: pushed back three years.[5][6][7][8][9] Service terminates at this station pending completion of the Milpitas and Berryessa stations in 2019.

Station layout[edit]

The station has an island platform, overhead concourse, connections to AC Transit, 2,082 parking spaces on 34 acres at ground level, bicycle lockers, and 42 electric-vehicle charging stations.[1][10] AC Transit buses, not VTA buses, serve this station. (VTA will continue to serve the Fremont station, but that service will discontinue upon the opening of the Milpitas and Berryessa stations.)[11]

The conceptual design of the station was by local architect Robin Chiang, with final design by HNTB. San Francisco Chronicle architecture critic John King praised the entrance rotunda with Catherine Widgery’s “Sky Cycles” artwork, but criticized the rotunda being scaled down from Chiang's design, as well as the lack of seating on the platform.[12]


The station under construction in January 2014
A train at the station in October 2017

Planning for the Warm Springs extension began as early as 1994, and BART estimated it would cost $550 million with 7,800 daily riders by 2010.[13] A 1994 study by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission forecast 3,200 daily riders in 2010.[13] As of 2010, construction was underway with an estimated cost of $890 million, but the final cost was reduced to $790 million.[14] The cost of the subway segment under the lake in Fremont was reduced by 45% from the original estimate of $249 million to $136 million.[15]

The extension broke ground in 2009. The BART Board of Directors officially named the station Warm Springs/South Fremont on May 24, 2012. The name combines the historic neighborhood name of Warm Springs (the station name during planning) with the modern South Fremont designator.[16]

In 2011 the city of Fremont approved $90,000 to lobby against construction of a Union Pacific rail yard adjacent to the station, arguing that the rail yard would hinder transit oriented development.[17]

Construction of the station began in 2011,[18] and was expected to take three and a half years.[5] However, the opening was pushed back from the original 2014,[5][19] to fall 2015,[20][21][22] to early 2016,[23] to spring 2016,[24] to summer 2016,[25] to fall 2016,[26][27] to late fall 2016,[28] to winter 2017,[6] and to spring 2017.[8][9] The schedule for opening was withdrawn, because it was hard to predict, during part of 2015.[29][30][31] The yet-to-open station was fully staffed six months in advance of the opening, due to a union contract.[32][33] The station was expected to open as an "October surprise", a news event for the November 8 vote on a BART bond measure,[31][34] but this did not occur. Service began on March 25, 2017.[1][2]

A pedestrian and bicycle bridge to a housing development on the west side of the station is planned, but the expected completion has been delayed from 2018 to 2020.[35][36]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Cabanatuan, Michael (March 11, 2017). "BART's long-awaited Warm Springs extension to open March 25". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Barmann, Jay (March 22, 2017). "BART's Warm Springs/South Fremont Station Finally Opens Saturday". SFist. Archived from the original on March 23, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ "All Aboard: Warm Springs BART Station Kicks Off Service". KNTV. 25 March 2017. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ Cabanatuan, Michael (April 4, 2017). "BART extension to San Jose on track, but new cars delayed". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c Bowers, Wes (October 2, 2009). "Warm Springs BART link breaks ground in Fremont". San Jose Mercury News. Archived from the original on August 4, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016. Construction on the second phase, which includes track work, the station, line and systems, is anticipated to start next year. BART officials believe construction will last about three and a half years, and the new station to be named South Fremont should be open in 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Geha, Joseph (December 10, 2016). "BART says Warm Springs/South Fremont won't open until winter 2017". East Bay Times. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Warm Springs Extension Construction Schedule". BART. Retrieved June 1, 2016. Opening date is dependent on testing and is subject to change 
  8. ^ a b "Software Snafu Delays BART's Warm Springs Station Project". KNTV. Archived from the original on January 19, 2017. Software troubles could mean BART's $900 million Warm Springs extension in Fremont will not be up and running until spring, officials acknowledge. 
  9. ^ a b "BART has been promising an extension. Where is it?". January 18, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2017. It's going to be at least three more months — and possibly longer — before the long-overdue BART extension to Warm Springs in south Fremont is up and running. 
  10. ^ "Warm Springs Extension FAQ". BART. March 10, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  11. ^ Hendler Ross, Stacey (March 22, 2017). "BART Warm Springs Opening for Service March 25". VTA. Retrieved March 22, 2017. 
  12. ^ King, John (March 26, 2017). "New BART station a drum roll for ambitious goals". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  13. ^ a b Bowman, Catherine (9 February 1998). "Battle Over BART to South Bay". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  14. ^ David Louie (March 24, 2017). "Warm Springs BART station could face funding hurdles". KGO-TV. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  15. ^ Bay City News Service (August 24, 2009). "BART to allow contractors to begin work on Warm Springs extension". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  16. ^ "BART's next station named: Warm Springs/South Fremont" (Press release). BART. May 24, 2012. 
  17. ^ Matthew Artz (June 11, 2011). "Fremont hires lobbyist to help with development". Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 2011-06-11. 
  18. ^ "Warm Springs Extension Construction Schedule". BART. Archived from the original on July 28, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2016. Construction of the design-build Line, Track, Station and Systems (LTSS) contract, which began in October of 2011, is expected to be physically completed in summer 2016. 
  19. ^ "Warm Springs Extension Project Overview". BART. May 5, 2011. Archived from the original on May 30, 2011. Retrieved 2015-08-12. Commencement of revenue service to Warm Springs Target Late 2014 
  20. ^ "Warm Springs Extension Project Overview". BART. August 24, 2011. Archived from the original on August 24, 2011. Retrieved 2015-10-08. The Warm Springs Extension is expected to open for revenue service in the fall of 2015. 
  21. ^ "Warm Springs Extension Project Overview". BART. September 18, 2015. Archived from the original on September 18, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-08. The Warm Springs Extension is expected to open for revenue service in the fall of 2015. 
  22. ^ Richards, Gary (August 14, 2015). "2015 Opening for Fremont BART station still on track". San Jose Mercury News. p. A2. BART says that late this year remains the target. 
  23. ^ "BART trains to get longer under $1.6 billion budget plan". San Francisco Chronicle. June 11, 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-12. An additional train will be added to the Fremont line when the line is extended to its new end point in Warm Springs. That long-awaited station is now expected to open early next year, a BART spokeswoman said. 
  24. ^ Parr, Rebecca (February 5, 2016). "Fremont Approves Bart Bridge Project". East Bay Times. Retrieved February 7, 2016. The Warm Springs/South Fremont BART station is scheduled to open this spring. 
  25. ^ Ramos, Julian (March 10, 2016). "Fremont: Warm Springs BART station opening expected in summer". Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  26. ^ Richards, Gary (July 27, 2016). "Roadshow: BART may start running to San Jose in late 2017". San Jose Mercury News. Warm Springs, BART … will open this fall ... 
  27. ^ Marshak, William (May 31, 2016). "Public Works — what do they do and how can they reduce traffic congestion?". Retrieved June 1, 2016. the Warm Springs station opens near the end of this year 
  28. ^ "Warm Springs Extension Project Overview". November 7, 2016. Archived from the original on December 8, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016. The Warm Springs Extension is expected to open for revenue (passenger) service in the late fall of 2016...Opening date is dependent on testing and is subject to change. 
  29. ^ "Warm Springs Extension FAQ - When will the new Station in Warm Springs open?". BART. September 18, 2015. Archived from the original on September 18, 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-18. On a project as complex as WSX it is difficult to predict with certainty when the systems testing phase will be successfully completed and the extension can be certified to begin revenue operations. When available, the anticipated opening date will be posted on the BART website 
  30. ^ "Still no date set for opening of Warm Springs station". East Bay Times. September 16, 2016. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  31. ^ a b "BART's October surprise for bond vote: Opening a new station". September 12, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  32. ^ Matier; Ross (February 13, 2017). "BART has plenty of staffers at station with no trains or riders". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  33. ^ Keller, Matt (14 February 2017). "Report: BART Staffing Empty Warm Springs Station in Fremont". KGO-TV. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  34. ^ "BART director: New Warm Springs station expected to open before Election Day". October 10, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  35. ^ Parr, Rebecca (February 11, 2016). "Fremont approves Warm Springs BART station bridge project". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  36. ^ Geha, Joseph (July 12, 2018). "cost for new bart pedestrian bridge rise before shovels hit ground". Retrieved July 20, 2018. 

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