BART awarded $300M contract to extend East Bay tracks 

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A $300 million contract to extend a 5.4 mile segment of BART’s tracks in the East Bay was awarded today.

According to BART officials, the agency’s board of directors, awarded the second of two contracts for its Warm Springs extension project to Warm Springs Constructors, out of Fairfield.

The contractor will design and install the track and associated facilities as well as build the future Warm Springs BART Station, which will be located near the Alameda-Santa Clara County line, roughly 5.4 miles from the current Fremont BART Station. The station should open in 2015.

The Warm Springs extension is the first step in the much needed connection of BART to the Silicon Valley where ten’s of thousands of commuters are gridlocked in traffic daily using Interstates 680 and 880 while traveling to and from work.

The next phase will extend BART farther south, know as the Berryessa Extension, which will be lead by the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority.

BART Board Member Thomas Blalock said these projects are good news for East Bay residents.

“In the short run, this means tens of thousands of jobs – many for local, out-of-work residents. In the long run, it means tens of thousands of East Bay commuters will be able to relax and ride environmentally-friendly BART instead of sitting frustrated and fuming at heavy 680 or 880 traffic while burning carbon-polluting, expensive gas,” Blalock said.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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