Fremont station

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Amtrak and ACE commuter rail station
Fremont Station - November 2015.jpg
Fremont station, as seen from SR 84.
Location 37260 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, California 94536
Coordinates 37°33′33″N 122°00′26″W / 37.559097°N 122.007176°W / 37.559097; -122.007176Coordinates: 37°33′33″N 122°00′26″W / 37.559097°N 122.007176°W / 37.559097; -122.007176
Owned by City of Fremont
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport AC Transit: U, 99, 210, 275 Flex, 801
Parking free
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code FMT
Opened September 1910
Rebuilt June 1999
Passengers (2017) 41,751[1]Increase 2.79% (Amtrak)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward San Jose
Capitol Corridor
toward Auburn
Altamont Corridor Express
toward San Jose
toward Stockton
Location of the Fremont-Centerville Amtrak Station.
Location of the Fremont-Centerville Amtrak Station.
Location within California

Fremont station is located in Fremont, California and is served by Amtrak's Capitol Corridor and the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE).

The Station is located in Alameda County.

Rail service[edit]

Amtrak tickets can be purchased from the QuikTrak machine located inside the station waiting area.

The station has two outside-boarding platforms. Platform 1, nearest the station on the north side of the tracks, is of standard length for Capitol Corridor trains (typically five cars long). Platform 2, on the south side of the tracks, is a short platform, and most trains calling on that platform board from only one or two cars. The usual operating practice is to have all ACE trains call at Platform 1, and to only have Capitol Corridor trains call at Platform 2 when there is another service (ACE or Capitol Corridor) running the opposite direction around the same time, so as to allow the two trains to pass on the double-track segment between Newark Junction and Niles Junction.

The Fremont Boulevard grade crossing is immediately to the west of the station, and is sometimes blocked by stopped trains. Occasionally, passengers board the train from the road.

Of the 74 California stations served by Amtrak, Fremont was the 36th-busiest in FY2012, boarding or detraining an average of about 120 passengers daily.[2]

Station sign of Fremont station

Platforms and tracks[edit]

1  ACE toward Stockton (Pleasanton)
 ACE toward San Jose (Santa Clara–Great America)
 Capitol Corridor toward Auburn (Hayward)
 Capitol Corridor toward San Jose (Santa Clara–Great America)
2  Capitol Corridor toward Auburn (Hayward)
 Capitol Corridor toward San Jose (Santa Clara–Great America)
 Coast Starlight No stops

Bus service[edit]


Exterior of Centerville SP depot with Cafe ads.

The Depot Diner, located at the west end of the depot, contains the historic "creamery" counter and chairs from Cloverdale Creamery (which closed in 2000). Fremont Flowers (which in 1956 opened in the depot) moved the original diner chairs and counter to the depot. The owner of the flower shop also owns the Depot Diner.


Centerville's first Southern Pacific Railroad station was nothing more than a boxcar, functioning in that capacity from May 1909 to September 1910. In that month the current wooden structure was opened. It was one of sixty Type 23 stations built by Southern Pacific, and its cost was under $5,000 USD (equivalent to $131,321 in 2017).[3] The station was a busy one during its early years, handling both freight and passenger traffic, including two to three daily milk trains. By the mid-1920s, automobile traffic began to grow, and the milk trains were discontinued. Passenger service ended on March 29, 1940. The Railway Express Agency continued shipping to and from the station until 1958. The station was completely closed on September 30, 1961.

The station changed hands many times in the following decades, becoming a furniture store, a spice store, a toy store, and an electronics store at different times. Its condition deteriorated, however, and in 1991 it was abandoned.

On June 4, 1993, Amtrak restored service to the depot.[4] In December of that year, it was acquired by the city.

On March 15, 1995, the station was moved from the south side of the tracks to the north side of the tracks; it was also rotated 180 degrees to allow for more parking space. The station was restored between October 1998 and June 12, 1999. The cost of these projects was over $900,000.[3] The station now appears as it did in 1910. On November 23, 2002, a platform and shelter was built on the south side of the tracks. It is called the Bill Ball Plaza.

Shelter of Centerville train depot
Interior of Centerville SP depot


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2012, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-11. 
  3. ^ a b Great American Stations. Accessed 2 February 2013.
  4. ^ National Association of Railroad Passengers (June 11, 1993). "Hotline #777". Retrieved 2012-07-31. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Fremont-Centerville station at Wikimedia Commons