BART directors voted Thursday to approve one of two key contracts for the $890 million, 5.4-mile extension to the Warm Springs district of Fremont.
BART officials said construction of the Warm Springs Extension project is anticipated to create or support 26,700 direct and indirect jobs, according to an economic stimulus formula from the American Public Transportation Association.
BART Board President Thomas Blalock said in a statement, "This is an important extension of BART service that will address congestion on a notoriously gridlocked section of Interstate Highway 880 in Fremont."
The board's action Thursday authorizes General Manager Dorothy Dugger to award a $136 million contract for the Fremont Central Park subway portion of the extension project to a joint venture consisting of Shimmick Construction Co. Inc. and Skanska USA Civil West California District Inc.
The 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 about three-and-a half years. BART hopes to have the extension in service by June 2014.
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.