Warm Springs Extension FAQ
What is the Warm Spring Extension Project?
The Warm Springs Extension Project is a multi-station extension of BART service to the Warm Springs District of Fremont. The project includes two stations: The Warm Springs/South Fremont Station and the Optional Irvington Station. The project has completed the Warm Springs/South Fremont Station, which opened for revenue service on March 25, 2017. The next phase of the project will design and construct the Irvington Station, which will be located approximately midway between the existing Fremont and Warm Springs/South Fremont stations.
What is the Warm Springs/South Fremont Station West Access Bridge and Plaza Project and when will it open?
The Warm Springs/South Fremont Station West Access Bridge and Plaza Project is indirectly related to the Warm Springs Extension. The City of Fremont is working to construct a pedestrian/bicycle bridge from the BART Warm Springs/South Fremont Station to a new public plaza west of the Station. The bridge provides more direct access to the Station for the thousands of residents and jobs west of the Station. Construction began in the Fall of 2018 and the bridge is anticipated to open in the Fall of 2021. For more information, visit the City of Fremont's project webpage.
Where will the Irvington Station be located, what will it look like, and when will it happen?
The Irvington Station will be located approximately midway between the Fremont Station and Warm Springs/South Fremont stations, near the southwest corner of the intersection of Osgood Road and Washington Boulevard in Fremont. Renderings and a description of the Station can be found here. The Irvington Station Project is already underway, with design expected to be completed in the Summer of 2022.
What is the Gallegos Site and why is it relevant to the Irvington Station?
The Gallegos Site, which is located at the southeast corner of Osgood Road and Washington Boulevard in Fremont, is directly across Osgood Road from the Irvington Station site. Built in the late 1800’s, the Gallegos Winery collapsed during the 1906 earthquake. Today, only the winery wall ruins and a semicircle of original palm trees remain. As an environmental mitigation measure associated with the Irvington Station Project, these ruins will be stabilized and preserved according to the US Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Preservation of Historic Structures. In addition, walking paths with interpretive panels and landscaping will be installed to allow the public access to learn more about this piece of Bay Area history.
How is the Irvington Station Project funded?
The City of Fremont has secured $120 million in funding for the Irvington Station Project through the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s Measure BB, which was approved by voters in 2014, and an additional $2 million in funding through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Regional Measure 2. The City of Fremont, with assistance from BART, is attempting to identify the additional funding necessary for construction of the Station.
What will the fares be at the Irvington Station?
BART uses its regular distance-based fare structure to determine fares to each station. Fares to Irvington Station have not yet been determined but will be based on the distance-based fare structure.
Will there be Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus service from the Irvington Station?
No VTA service is currently planned from the new Irvington Station. For more information on VTA service, visit the VTA website.
Will there be AC Transit bus service from the Irvington Station?
The project will include on-site provisions for AC Transit bus service to complement nearby stops along Washington Boulevard. The City of Fremont is working with AC Transit on possible changes to their bus services in the area, and how the new service could serve the Irvington Station. For more information on AC Transit service, visit the AC Transit website.
What are the architectural design objectives for the Irvington Station project?
The BART Project Team has worked closely with the City of Fremont staff to establish the following architectural design objectives for the Irvington Station Project, including the historic Gallegos winery site:
- Ensure design of the Station is consistent with the existing environment. Though mindful of the historic character of the Irvington district, provide a state-of-the-art BART station that will harmonize with its surroundings which are dominated by the strong lines, scale and massing of the immediately adjacent Washington Boulevard bridge and elevated Osgood Road. The Station should fit into and serve the community well into the future, consistent with the City’s approved Irvington BART Station Area Plan.
- Provide safe and secure, multi-modal and ADA access to the station from all directions.
- Reflect best practices for station security, maintenance and constructability.
- Provide opportunities for on-site renewable energy generation with rooftop solar and, if possible, energy storage.
- Provide opportunities for public art to contribute to a world class customer and community experience.
- Enhance the patron experience, including wayfinding, by incorporating preferred practices described in the BART Station Experience Design Guidelines.
What is the Irvington BART Station Area Plan?
The Irvington BART Station Area Plan was prepared by the City of Fremont to provide a framework for achieving the City’s longstanding vision of a transit-oriented, active area strategically integrated with the future Irvington BART Station, consistent with the City’s 2011 General Plan and Irvington Community Plan goals. The primary purpose of the Station Area Plan is to ensure successful integration and connectivity between the Irvington BART Station, new development, and existing neighborhoods. The Irvington BART Station Area Plan addresses transportation, circulation, urban design, and public infrastructure near the Irvington Station site and creates a framework for future development and improvements near the Station. The Station Area Plan was designed to be consistent with the existing land use designations established in the City of Fremont General Plan and includes development standards and design guidelines that will enhance the Plan Area. The Fremont City Council adopted the Irvington BART Station Area Plan in 2019. For more information, visit the City of Fremont's website.
How will special status species be protected?
As part of the WSX Project, a comprehensive biological monitoring program will be in effect during project construction and all project staff and construction personnel will receive environmental awareness training.
How will any cultural resources discovered during construction be handled?
As part of the project, sensitive cultural resources will be treated in accordance with approved plans and applicable laws.
How can I get more information about the BART WSX Project and the Irvington Station?
Updated August 2021