Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Arrival of BART brings “real transit options” to Warm Springs innovation district

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The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) announced its arrival to the Warm Springs South Fremont Innovation District.


While the area currently surrounding the new station is open field, it is considered to be a hub for green and other cutting-edge technology. Expectations are rising for growth in the innovation district. There are an estimated 20,000 jobs already there and Fremont officials say that number could double in the years ahead.

Warm Springs' emerging community has attracted large companies such as Thermo Fisher Scientific. The biotech firm employs about 700 people at its campus on Kato Road.
Company general manager John Kody says the arrival of BART is huge when it comes to attracting and retaining employees who want real transit options.

"Traffic is the number one topic," said Kody. "Having moved from the Midwest, everyone speaks about the weather. Here they speak of traffic. And when I asked them where I should live everyone starts talking the traffic patterns. So the ability to access BART and to have the BART train come this far down to our facility will make a big difference in everyone's lives."

The most well known company in the district is Tesla. The electric-car maker anchors the district at the former New United Motor Manufacturing plant. The company recently came out with plans to roughly double its footprint in Fremont.

Fremont Economic Development Director Kelly Kline says the innovation district immediately surrounding the Warm Springs BART Station is about two-and-a-half times the size of Mission Bay in San Francisco.

New BART stations in Milpitas and San Jose's Berryessa neighborhood are also expected to open later this year.

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