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BART Extension To Warm Springs On Track To Open In 2015

FREMONT (KCBS) — BART's Board of Directors received an update Thursday morning on the rail system's five-mile Fremont extension to Warm Springs. The agency said they're on schedule in the first step to take BART to San Jose.

The Warm Springs Station is set to open in 2015. Paul Medved, BART's principal engineer on the project, said it will include 34 acres for parking as well as bus connections and even public arts.

Back in the 1990's BART proposed an elevated track way to go right through Fremont Central Park, but when the city said no, BART went back to the drawing board.

They then proposed a one-mile subway which is now 93 percent complete according to Medved.

"It's a beautiful station. A lot of great architecture has gone into it, a lot of great thinking. The track way is at grade. It's a central platform station," he said.

KCBS' Jeffrey Schaub Reports:

Medved described how the concourse will be above the platform where riders will be able to buy tickets. He said access to the concourse will be from a pedestrian overpass.

From Warm Springs— BART will be further extended, with tracks built by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority; first to Milpitas and then south to Berryessa. It's a 10- mile extension that could be completed by the end of the decade.

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