BART Board approves key contract for Warm Springs Extension


BART Board approves key contract for Warm Springs Extension

BART Board members today approved one of two key contracts for the 5.4 mile BART extension to the Warm Springs district of Fremont. Construction resulting from the Warm Springs Extension project is anticipated to create and/or support 26,700 direct and indirect jobs according to the American Public Transportation Association’s economic stimulus formula.

"The timing couldn’t be better," BART Board President Thomas Blalock said. He emphasized, "Contractors are making extraordinarily affordable bids and people need work!  Moreover, this is an important extension of BART service that will address congestion on a notoriously gridlocked section of Interstate 880 in Fremont."

Today’s Board action authorizes the General Manager to award a $136 million contract for the Fremont Central Park Subway portion of the extension project to Shimmick Construction Co., Inc./Skanska USA Civil West California District Inc. Joint Venture ("Shimmick/Skanska").  This contract will construct the trackway embankment south of Walnut Avenue and the BART subway from just north of Stevenson Boulevard, through Fremont Central Park, including a portion of Lake Elizabeth, and beneath the Union Pacific Rail Road freight track to just north of Paseo Padre Parkway. The contract includes construction of two ventilation structures and relocation of a number of amenities within Fremont Central Park, including the dog park, basketball courts, and related parking. Construction is anticipated to begin this summer and last for approximately three and a half years. A second contract is expected to be a design-build contract where the contractor will complete the remaining parts of the project including the trackway, systems, tie-in at Fremont Station, and the new Warm Springs Station.

The City of Fremont is well underway with another key component of the extension:  an overpass that would carry BART trains above Paseo Padre Parkway. You can see video of this construction at BART hopes to have the Warm Springs Extension in service by June 2014. The Warm Springs Extension would be a fundamental step in the Valley Transportation Authority’s BART extension to the South Bay.

The total project budget for the Warm Springs Extension is approximately $890 million dollars.  A number of funding partners are sharing the cost to build the extension.  They are:

  • $220.4 million from the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA), Measure B Tier 1
  • $100.4 million from the State Traffic Congestion Relief Program
  • $176 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Regional Measure 2 Bridge Toll
  • $118 million from the MTC, Regional Measure 1 Bridge Tolls
  • $69 million from the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
  • $2.2 million from the Alameda County CMA
  • $40 million from Proposition 1B - 50% BART (Revenue Based), 50% MTC (Population Based)
  • $86 million Proposition 1B State & Local Partnership Program (SLPP)
  • $24 million BART Agency Contribution
  • $54 million SFO Extension Surplus Revenue