San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) representatives were joined by local officials as the transit agency held a ribbon cutting for the new Warm Springs/South Fremont Commuter Rail Station on March 24. Service began on 5.4 miles of new track to the station, connecting Fremont and Daly City, on March 25. Ridership for the first day was 1577 exits.
“The new station and 5.4 miles of new track will be a difference-maker in addressing the gridlock on interstates 880 and 680 by taking thousands of cars off the road each day,” remarked BART Director Tom Blalock. “We’re also helping people reduce their carbon footprint by making the station fully accessible to pedestrians, bus riders and bike riders.”
The station features 2,082 parking spots, solar panels, and bioswales that filter silt and pollutants in surface run-off water. In a few weeks, 42 solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations will be available. The station also has bike lockers and racks on the ground level and bike channels in stairways, making it easier for bicyclists to carry their bikes up and down.
The cost of the project was more than $100 million under the original $890 million budget.