BART customers eagerly awaiting service to Silicon Valley now have a name to go with a place: Warm Springs/South Fremont Station. The Board of Directors voted today to combine history and practicality in officially naming the future station at the end of the Warm Springs Extension, a key link in BART to San Jose.
"Putting Warm Springs first in the station name memorializes the history of Warm Springs, which officially became part of Fremont when the city was incorporated in 1956,” BART Director Tom Blalock said. “Adding South Fremont to the station name separates it from the existing Fremont Station and follows BART’s naming conventions.” Director Blalock has represented District 6, which includes Fremont, for more than 17 years.
Fremont City Council voted in February to endorse the name.
Choosing a name for the station now is important because the Warm Springs Extension project has advanced to the point where signage and other titled materials must be ordered. The cost of the signage is contained within the $890 million project budget. The extension will add 5.4 miles of new tracks from the existing Fremont Station south to the new station at Warm Springs and South Grimmer Boulevards. The extension is expected to be open in late 2015.
BART to Silicon Valley is a separate 10 mile extension that will connect Warm Springs/South Fremont Station to a station in San Jose’s Berryessa neighborhood. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is responsible for paying for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of the BART to Silicon Valley Extension within Santa Clara County.