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February 18, 2009 > BART moves toward Warm Springs extension

BART moves toward Warm Springs extension

Submitted By Luna Salaver

BART is moving forward on a major phase of the Warm Springs Extension project that will ultimately bring BART closer to Silicon Valley. The agency has just begun seeking proposals to build the Fremont Central Park Subway, an extensive construction project that will create jobs and help stimulate Bay Area economy. The deadline for proposals is March 31.

"The Fremont Central Park Subway construction project is the next phase to extend BART service 5.4 miles southward to a new station in Fremont's Warm Springs District," BART Board President Thomas Blalock said."It closely follows the City of Fremont's Washington Boulevard/Paso Padre Parkway grade separation and overpass structure project that's on-time and under budget. When it's complete, the Warm Springs Extension will offer riders additional relief from traffic congestion and be the first step along the way to extend BART into the South Bay."

BART estimates the value of this contract to be more than $200 million. The work will create thousands of direct and indirect job opportunities as it involves constructing the Warm Springs Extension alignment between Walnut Avenue and the eastern side of Fremont Central Park. The project includes building a subway under Stevenson Boulevard, Fremont Central Park, and the Union Pacific Railroad track east of the park, constructing two ventilation structures and relocating a number of amenities within Fremont Central Park including the dog park, basketball courts and some parking.

BART anticipates that the construction will begin in the summer of2009 and last for approximately three and a half years. All park facilities will remain open and all recreation activities will continue as usual.

Meeting Notice for Bidders
BART invites prospective bidders to a pre-bid meeting 11 a.m. on Friday, February 20, at the Joseph P. Bort Metro Center, 101 Eighth Street, in Oakland. Contractors must contact Senior Contract Administrator, Sunni Gunawardena at 510-464-6550 if they plan to go or if they have questions about the bidding process.

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