Fremont station (BART)

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Fremont
Bay Area Rapid Transit
Southbound train at Fremont station, October 2017.JPG
A southbound train at Fremont station in October 2017
Location2000 Bart Way, Fremont, California
Coordinates37°33′27″N 121°58′36″W / 37.557489°N 121.97662°W / 37.557489; -121.97662Coordinates: 37°33′27″N 121°58′36″W / 37.557489°N 121.97662°W / 37.557489; -121.97662
Owned byBay Area Rapid Transit
Line(s)BART A-Line
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsBus transport AC Transit: U, 99, 200, 212, 215, 216, 217, 232, 239, 251, 707, 801
Bus transport VTA: 120, 140
Bus transport Marguerite: AE-F, EB
Construction
Parking2,030 spaces
Bicycle facilities76 lockers
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedSeptember 11, 1972
Traffic
Passengers (2019)6,146 (weekday average)[1]
Services
Preceding station Bart-logo.svg Bay Area Rapid Transit Following station
Union City
toward Richmond
Richmond–​Warm Springs/​South Fremont Warm Springs/​South Fremont
Terminus
Union City
toward Daly City
Warm Springs/​South Fremont–​Daly City

Fremont is a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station in central Fremont, California, United States. The station was the terminus of the Fremont-Richmond and Fremont-Daly City lines from September 11, 1972 until March 25, 2017, when Warm Springs/South Fremont station opened.

History[edit]

Entrance to Fremont station in 2010

Service at the station began on September 11, 1972.[2] During the first months of revenue service, the Automatic Train Control (ATC) system had safety problems with its design and operation. On October 2, 1972, an ATC failure caused a train to run off the end of the elevated track at the Fremont station and crash to the ground - an incident dubbed the "Fremont Flyer". Four people on-board were injured.[3] The incident drew national and international attention, followed a month later by release of the "Post Report" on BART safety by the legislative analyst for the California State Senate.[4][3] The “Fremont Flyer” train crash led to a comprehensive redesign of the automatic train control system, the firing of the general manager,[5] and the replacement of the board of directors.[6][7][8]

Fremont was the southern terminus of East Bay service from the system's opening in 1972 until March 25, 2017, when the line was extended to Warm Springs/South Fremont station.[9]

Transit connections[edit]

Bus bays at Fremont station

A three-lane bus plaza on the east side of Fremont station is a transfer hub for AC Transit buses:[10]

Two Stanford Marguerite Shuttle routes, AE-F and East Bay Express, also terminate at Fremont.[10]

The station was the northern terminus of Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus service from its opening until December 28, 2019.[11] VTA discontinued service to Fremont station as part of a systemwide network modification, which was originally intended be simultaneous with the opening of the BART extension to Berryessa.[12][11] However, the BART extension was delayed until 2020, leaving Warm Springs/South Fremont as the only connecting point between the two systems.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bay Area Rapid Transit District (September 2019). "Monthly Ridership Reports".
  2. ^ "BART Chronology January 1947 – March 2009" (PDF). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. March 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 13, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Transportation: Troubles Beset Transit System in San Francisco Bay Area". The New York Times. December 9, 1972. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  4. ^ Bill Northwood (November 29, 1972). "What is BART, and why are we saying such terrible things about it?". KPFA Pacifica Radio. p. 5 min : 00 sec. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "B.R. Stokes, ex-BART general manager, dies". San Francisco Chronicle. May 25, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  6. ^ "Legislative Analyst's Office 75th anniversary". Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) of the State of California. May 25, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2017. After the state legislature held a month-long series of hearings on the financial mismanagement at Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Alan Post recommended the firing of BART’s general manager.
  7. ^ "BART historical timeline" (PDF). BART. Retrieved March 15, 2017. November 5, 1974, Nine-member Board of Directors elected to replace 12-member appointed board.
  8. ^ Bill Wattenburg (February 15, 1974). "BART: Countdown to San Francisco". Commonwealth Club of California. p. 28 min : 30 sec. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  9. ^ Cabanatuan, Michael (March 11, 2017). "BART's long-awaited Warm Springs extension to open March 25". SFGate. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Transit Stops: Fremont Station" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Commission. January 23, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c Childress, Brandi (November 20, 2019). "Ready for Launch! VTA's All New Service December 28, 2019" (Press release). Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
  12. ^ Hendler Ross, Stacey (March 22, 2017). "BART Warm Springs Opening for Service March 25" (Press release). Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

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