Work set to start on $136-million BART extension to Warm Springs

Project is another step to offeringTri-Valley commuters rapid transit service to the Silicon Valley

BART officials will give a green light to contractors today to begin construction on the Warm Springs extension project in Fremont.

The plan is to ultimately bring BART closer to the Silicon Valley and give Pleasanton and Tri-Valley commuters who work there an alternative to driving.

The transit agency will issue a "Notice to Proceed" to Shimmick Construction Company Inc./Scanska USA Civil West California District Inc. Joint Venture that will allow them to start work on the subway section of the 5.4-mile extension in the fall.

BART Board President Thomas Blalock said the contractor's bid for the subway section was $136 million, which is 45 percent below the transit agency's estimate of $249 million.

The job, which is the first contract of a two-contract project, is for the construction of the underground phase of the extension.

BART officials expect to advertise for a bid later this year for the second contract, which is for above-ground elements, including the line, trackwork, station and systems. It's expected that the construction will start next year.

BART officials say they anticipate that the construction work will take about three and a half years and the new station will open for business in 2014.

Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News, Jeb Bing

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Foothill High School
on Aug 24, 2009 at 2:42 pm

How does a 5.4 mile tunnel only cost $136 million, when a 3 mile stretch from Bart to Oakland Airport is going to cost $550 million?

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Posted by Fred
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Aug 29, 2009 at 9:52 am

The money would be better spent on improving our roads since no one takes trains or busses.....

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Posted by Pablo
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 29, 2009 at 10:35 am

Great idea the BART station is being built right behind the NUMMI plant so they can not commute to plant which will not be running for 136 million bucks. real brilliant these guys are

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Posted by Rae
a resident of Mohr Park
on Aug 29, 2009 at 12:22 pm

and this extension is being completed before the Livermore extension why?

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 30, 2009 at 12:19 am

When will the people of Livermore and their representative government sue BART and force them to build the line to Livermore...

We're told mass transit is critical to relieve traffic in the Tri-Valley/580-680 corridor yet BART seems to ignore mass transit to Livermore, as 580 continues to be a slow moving parking lot during commute hours...

A carefully planned "Livermore extention" could possibly attract many commuters from east of the Altamont who would park at a Livermore station/stations and ride the trains into Oakland/SF...

Hey, our esteened representatives in Washington are throwing money around as if there's no limit to the amount available. Why not a couple bucks for a worthy cause - the Livermore extention...

Why aren't our local congressional representatives "fighting for us", as they said they would do when ask for our vote...

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