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10/1/2009



Rail News: Passenger Rail

BART, Metra launch major infrastructure improvement projects


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Yesterday, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), state of California, and regional transit and local officials broke ground on the subway portion of the Warm Springs Extension.

The $136 million project calls for extending a line 5.4 miles south through Fremont Central Park, bringing BART trains closer to San Jose. A portion of the line will run under Lake Elizabeth and beneath Union Pacific Railroad track to just north of Paseo Padre Parkway.

The subway work will take about three-and-one-half years to complete. BART plans to open the entire Warm Springs Extension by 2014.

Meanwhile, Metra officials on Monday broke ground on the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Winnetka station on the UP North line.

The agency is receiving $140.9 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help finance the $5 million project and other unrelated work, such as rehabilitating locomotives, replacing bridges and expanding parking areas.

The Winnetka project calls for restoring the street-level depot, pedestrian bridge and six stairways, installing new elevators and vestibules, and replacing platforms and platform shelters. Metra has contracted Blinderman Construction Co. to rebuild the station.


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