Today’s Headlines

  • Will Prop. R Increase Bike Patrols? (SFExaminer)
  • More Art Coming to Muni Buses (SFExaminer, Curbed)
  • New Parklet on Divisidero (Hoodline)
  • Carpooling App War Coming? (KQED)
  • Power to BART Extension Switching On (MercNews)
  • Oakley Bicyclist Killed by Motorist (EastBayTimes)
  • More on Uber Oakland Expansion (BizJournal)
  • High Housing Prices Force Students to Commute (SFChron)
  • Development Plans Discussed in Burlingame and Millbrae (DailyJournal)
  • Cities Need to Work to Address Housing Project by Project (MercNews)
  • Commentary: Scott Wiener Wins on Environment and Transportation (SFExaminer)

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  • So darn happy to see that BART keeps building those huge park/ride stations. Meanwhile, the buses continue to crawl down Geary…

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Warm Springs is certainly a temple to the car. 1800 parking spaces and it’s half a mile to walk from the platform to any area of interest, or a mile and a half if you want to walk to the nearest place of employment. Really a wasted opportunity. We can only hope the parking lot will be ripped up at some point.

    https://goo.gl/photos/DUSHfJ5SCGWLzNFKA

  • RichLL

    It’s part of a much larger community plan:

    “The Community Plan covers 879 acres generally bounded by I-880 on the west, I-680 on the east, Auto Mall Parkway on the north, and Mission Boulevard on the south. The Plan sets the framework for a transformation of the area into an Innovation District and employment center accommodating a mix of compatible uses focused around the synergy of the new BART station and adjacent undeveloped land.”

    https://www.fremont.gov/1515/Warm-SpringsSouth-Fremont

    The fact that it is currently in the middle of nowhere doesn’t mean it will stay like that. The plan calls for the station to be a focus for new development. So it won’t always be “half a mile to walk from the platform to any area of interest, or a mile and a half if you want to walk to the nearest place of employment”.

    Meanwhile, you need a car to get there, hence the parking spaces. It’s a spread out suburb and I would assume that the planners took into account what the current local community wanted, needed and asked for.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    No, it will be half a mile walk to anywhere permanently, because the station exit is in the middle of the parking area. If planners wanted the station to be the center of development then the platform and the station exit would be hard up next to Grimmer. The siting of the station guarantees that walkers will have to travel at least 250m to get to anything at all. Compare and contrast with Fruitvale Station.

    If Warm Springs was planned sensibly, the development would be west of Warm Springs and the parking lot would be east of it, the opposite of what we’re actually getting.

  • p_chazz

    Fruitvale Station was in the middle of a parking lot when it opened. The development came about 25 years later.

  • RichLL

    Yep, and other examples include Ashby, where an office building was constructed right on top of BART a few years ago, and MacArthur, which is currently seeing construction on what was part of its car park, plus several new housing projects close by.

    So when Jeffrey claims that “it will be half a mile walk to anywhere permanently, because the station exit is in the middle of the parking area”, he is assuming that the current parking area itself is permanent. As the value of that land increases, there will be an economic imperative to build on that lot, or at least build a higher parking structure with a smaller footprint.

    Good planning should look several decades into the future, while not ignoring current existing needs either.

  • Great planning takes into account current and projected access and use. We shouldn’t have to wait around 25+ years to get some housing built within walking distance to a station.

  • RichLL

    The plans for housing close to the station are already agreed and adopted by the city:

    https://fremont.gov/DocumentCenter/View/27215

  • p_chazz

    Will there be Valley Transit Authority (VTA) bus service from the Warm Springs/South Fremont Station?

    Yes, there will be VTA service from the new station. Below is the VTA service plan for the Warm Springs/South Fremont Station.

    Line 120 (Fremont BART – Lockheed Martin) This line would continue to start at Fremont Station, but it would be rerouted to serve the Warm Springs/South Fremont Station instead of stopping at Mission Boulevard & Paseo Padre Parkway. The route would access the Warm Springs/South Fremont Station from Mission Boulevard via Durham Road, Paseo Padre Parkway and Grimmer Boulevard, with a stop at Paseo Padre Parkway & Grimmer Boulevard. A new southbound a.m. trip would be added between the first two trips, and an extra northbound p.m. trip would be added. Trip times are to be determined. Current service to the Shoreline area in Mountain View would be discontinued. These changes are proposed in conjunction with the BART extension to Warm Springs. Additional changes will be proposed as BART extends further south.

    Line 140 (Fremont BART – Mission College & Montague) This line would continue to start at Fremont Station, but it would be rerouted to serve the Warm Springs/South Fremont Station instead of stopping at Mission Boulevard & Paseo Padre Parkway. The route would access the Warm Springs/South Fremont Station from Mission Boulevard via Durham Road, Paseo Padre Parkway and Grimmer Boulevard, with a stop at Paseo Padre Parkway & Grimmer Boulevard. From the Warm Springs/South Fremont Station, the route would travel south on Warm Springs Boulevard to Mission Boulevard where it would resume the current routing on Mission Boulevard, Interstate 880 and Tasman Drive. These changes are proposed in conjunction with the BART extension to Warm Springs. Additional changes will be proposed as BART extends further south.

    Line 180 (Great Mall Transit Center – Warm Springs BART) Line 180 would operate from Warm Springs/South Fremont Station to the Great Mall and no longer serve the Fremont Station. Line 180 would operate every 30 minutes during peak hours, and hourly during the midday and evening. The scheduled trips to and from Aborn & White would be discontinued. These changes are proposed in conjunction with the BART extension to Warm Springs. Additional changes will be proposed as BART extends further south.

    Line 181 (San Jose Diridon Transit Center – Fremont BART) On weekdays, midday service would be improved to operate every 15 minutes. On Sundays, all trips would operate to downtown San Jose every 20 minutes, similar to Saturday service. The routing would not change at this time, but additional changes will be proposed as BART extends further south.

    For more information, visit the VTA website: http://www.vta.org/getting-around/Schedules/Bus-Rail

    http://www.bart.gov/about/projects/wsx/faq#FAQ10

  • murphstahoe

    Those buses have become an exercise in futility with the current traffic levels on 880 and 237. Someone on this blog called the Warm Springs extension life changing because it would shorten his bus commute on the 140 by 20 minutes.

  • MissionPeak88_7456

    Stations in Europe and Japan that practice transit-oriented development don’t have acres of parking.

    Malmö, Sweden accommodates just two-dozen cars.

  • MissionPeak88_7456

    Downtown Fremont Station has been in the middle of 2,000 spaces since it opened in 1972. But that changed recently, when a “transit-oriented” seven-story parking structure was constructed 500 feet from the station entrance. It adds 700 spaces, however BART riders will not be allowed to park there.

  • MissionPeak88_7456

    Planners and the local community are fashioning a strategically urban development around the downtown Fremont BART station. The newest project is a “transit-oriented” seven-story parking structure with 700 spaces, near the station entrance. However, BART riders
    will not be allowed to park there.

  • MissionPeak88_7456

    The downtown Fremont BART station, a model of good planning that looks decades into the future, has been surrounded by sea of parking spaces for over four decades since it opened in 1972.

  • MissionPeak88_7456

    The housing plans close to the station mandate a minimum of 1.75 parking spaces per housing unit, compared to a maximum of one space per unit in Oakland or Berkeley. Those plans don’t implement a class 1 bike/ped pathway along the BART/rail corridor, as already agreed and adopted by the countywide bike master plan.

  • RichLL

    Fremont is much more dependent on autos than Oakland or Berkeley, so I would expect the community in Fremont to want more parking relative to denser, more urban cities.

    1.75 is actually a silly number. A household of two adults in a place like Fremont will almost always have 2 cars.

    But sure, there should be a walk/bike path there somewhere.

  • MissionPeak88_7456

    The bike path along the rail corridor, specified in the countywide
    bike plan, isn’t in there anywhere, though it should be. The concept of abundant free parking represents the old Fremont. The new Fremont should be strategically urban, where 1.75 minimum spaces is actually a silly number—ought to be a maximum of one space per housing unit for transit-oriented development near BART.

  • MissionPeak88_7456

    Downtown, the Fremont station has 2,030 spaces for just $3. They fill up and overflow by 6:30 am each weekday according to the BART website. We can only hope BART adopts demand-based (variable) pricing to fix the parking congestion. The city could do the same, by installing parking meters to address overflow congestion that plagues the surrounding neighborhood.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    There is a certain attraction of cars to the terminal station. With the terminal moving south I might expect parking at Fremont proper to be less contended.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    I thought the _maximum_ parking ratios were 1.5/unit within 1/4 mile and 2/unit within 1/2 mile. Those numbers are way too high, but they are max, not minimum.

    The Fremont plans are not absurd. The Toll Brothers plan has a woonerf! But the Toll Brothers development should be where the parking lot actually stands today, and the parking lot should be on the other side of Warm Springs.

  • MissionPeak88_7456

    I would expect congestion at Fremont to resemble Union City, the present penultimate station. According to the BART website, Union City fills up each weekday by 7:30 am.

  • MissionPeak88_7456

    You may be right. For units now under construction, the actual ratio is probably 2 per unit—even worse than 1.75.

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