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Warm Springs / South Fremont
Bay Area Rapid Transit
Warm Springs BART station front July 2016.jpg
Station under construction, front (east side), July 20, 2016
Location 45193 Warm Springs Blvd
Fremont, CA
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
Platforms 1 island platform
Connections AC Transit
Parking 2,082 spaces[1][2][3]
Disabled access Yes
Opening March 25, 2017[1][2][3]
Preceding station   Bart-logo.svg Bay Area Rapid Transit   Following station
Terminus Fremont–​Daly City
Weekdays before 6 pm
toward Daly City
Weekdays after 6 pm & Weekends (all day)
toward Richmond
  Future service  
toward Warm Springs
Fremont–​Daly City
toward Daly City
toward Richmond
Route map
Map effective March 25, 2017

Warm Springs / South Fremont[4] (originally simply Warm Springs) is a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station in Fremont, California. Service is scheduled to begin on March 25, 2017.[1][2][3] During peak hours, the station will have half the service (one line) of the neighboring Fremont station, (two lines). The headway between consecutive trains during peak hours will be 15 minutes, versus about 7.5 minutes (6–9 minutes) at Fremont.

Originally targeted for 2014, the start of service was delayed repeatedly.[5][6][7][8][9] Service will terminate at this station until the Milpitas and Berryessa stations open.

Station layout[edit]

M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street Level Parking, Exits/Entrances
Northbound/Westbound      Richmond–​Fremont toward Richmond (Fremont)
     Fremont–​Daly City toward Daly City (Fremont)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound/Westbound      Richmond–​Fremont toward Richmond (Fremont)
     Fremont–​Daly City toward Daly City (Fremont)

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][2][3][10][11][12] One of the two lines will serve the station at any particular time, while the other will terminate at Fremont.[13] Parking will be in high demand,[14] and parking at most stations is full during peak hours.[15][16][17]

AC Transit buses, not VTA buses, will 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.)[18]

Construction delays and history[edit]

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.[19] A 1994 study by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission forecast 3,200 daily riders in 2010.[19] As of 2010, construction was underway at a cost of $890 million.[20] A BART forecast in 2016 called for 4,700 daily riders at the opening, and 7,200 by 2025.[21]

Service is scheduled to start on on March 25, 2017.[1][2][3] The extension broke ground in 2009. Construction of the station began in 2011,[22] and was expected to take three and a half years.[5] However, the opening was pushed back from the original 2014,[5][23] to fall 2015,[24][25][26] to early 2016,[27] to spring 2016,[28] to summer 2016,[29] to fall 2016,[30][31] to late fall 2016,[32] 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.[33][34][35] The yet-to-open station was fully staffed six months in advance of the opening, due to a union contract.[36][37] The station was expected to open as an "October surprise", a news event for the November 8 vote on a BART bond measure,[35][38] but this did not occur.

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.[39] A pedestrian and bicycle bridge to the west side of the station is planned for completion in 2018.[40]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Cabanatuan, Michael (March 11, 2017). "BART's long-awaited Warm Springs extension to open March 25". SFGate. Retrieved March 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Baldassari, Erin (March 22, 2017). "BART Riders: Relief is on the way with Warm Springs Station". East Bay Times. Retrieved March 22, 2017. the opening of Warm Springs/South Fremont station on Saturday 
  3. ^ a b c d e Barmann, Jay (March 22, 2017). "BART's Warm Springs/South Fremont Station Finally Opens Saturday". SFist. Retrieved March 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ "BART's next station named: Warm Springs/South Fremont". BART. May 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  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". Archived from the original on January 18, 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. ^ "Construction to begin on subway section of Fremont BART extension". BART. August 24, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  11. ^ "Warm Springs Extension Project". BART. January 8, 2010. Retrieved 2015-03-11. 
  12. ^ Morse, Jack (November 2, 2015). "New Warm Springs BART Extension Might Actually Open This Year". Gothamist. sflist. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Station List". BART. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  14. ^ "BART Warm Springs extension to open in Fremont". KTVU television. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  15. ^ "BART's parking problem: Maddening search when lots are full". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  16. ^ "End of era for free parking at BART". East Bay Times. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  17. ^ "BART parking scarce as ridership soars". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  18. ^ Hendler Ross, Stacey (March 22, 2017). "BART Warm Springs Opening for Service March 25". VTA. Retrieved March 22, 2017. 
  19. ^ a b Bowman, Catherine (9 February 1998). "Battle Over BART to South Bay". San Francisco Gate. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  20. ^ "On schedule and under budget". August 20, 2010. Retrieved 2015-07-12. The total project cost amounts to $890M. 
  21. ^ "Warm Springs Extension Project History/Chronology". BART. July 18, 2016. Archived from the original on December 11, 2016. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  22. ^ "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. 
  23. ^ "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 
  24. ^ "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. 
  25. ^ "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. 
  26. ^ 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. 
  27. ^ "BART trains to get longer under $1.6 billion budget plan". sfgate.com. 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. 
  28. ^ Parr, Rebecca (February 5, 2016). "Fremont Approves Bart Bridge Project". insidebayarea.com. Retrieved February 7, 2016. The Warm Springs/South Fremont BART station is scheduled to open this spring. 
  29. ^ Ramos, Julian (March 10, 2016). "Fremont: Warm Springs BART station opening expected in summer". Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  30. ^ 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 ... 
  31. ^ 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 
  32. ^ "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. 
  33. ^ "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 
  34. ^ "Still no date set for opening of Warm Springs station". East Bay Times. September 16, 2016. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  35. ^ a b "BART's October surprise for bond vote: Opening a new station". September 12, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  36. ^ Matier; Ross (February 13, 2017). "BART has plenty of staffers at station with no trains or riders". SF Chronicle. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  37. ^ Keller, Matt (14 February 2017). "REPORT: BART STAFFING EMPTY WARM SPRINGS STATION IN FREMONT". ABC7. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  38. ^ "BART director: New Warm Springs station expected to open before Election Day". October 10, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  39. ^ Matthew Artz (June 11, 2011). "Fremont hires lobbyist to help with development". Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 2011-06-11. 
  40. ^ Parr, Rebecca (11 February 2016). "Fremont approves Warm Springs BART station bridge project". Digital First Media. Mercury News. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 

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