The platforms at Fremont station in July 2018
|Location||37260 Fremont Boulevard|
|Owned by||City of Fremont|
|Line(s)||UP Niles Subdivision|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Connections||AC Transit: U, 99, 210, 275 Flex, 801|
|Passengers (2017)||41,751 2.79% (Amtrak)|
- The Altamont Corridor Express serves the station on weekdays.
- Amtrak's Capitol Corridor stops 14 times daily, with seven trains in each direction.
- The Coast Starlight (traveling between Los Angeles and Seattle) passes the station daily, but does not stop.
Amtrak tickets can be purchased from the QuikTrak machine located inside the station waiting area.
The station has two outside-boarding platforms. Platform 1, nearest the station on the north side of the tracks, is of standard length for Capitol Corridor trains (typically five cars long). Platform 2, on the south side of the tracks, is a short platform, and most trains calling on that platform board from only one or two cars. The usual operating practice is to have all ACE trains call at Platform 1, and to only have Capitol Corridor trains call at Platform 2 when there is another service (ACE or Capitol Corridor) running the opposite direction around the same time, so as to allow the two trains to pass on the double-track segment between Newark Junction and Niles Junction.
The Fremont Boulevard grade crossing is immediately to the west of the station, and is sometimes blocked by stopped trains. Occasionally, passengers board the train from the road.
Of the 74 California stations served by Amtrak, Fremont was the 36th-busiest in FY2012, boarding or detraining an average of about 120 passengers daily.
The Depot Diner, located at the west end of the depot, contains the historic "creamery" counter and chairs from Cloverdale Creamery (which closed in 2000). Fremont Flowers (which in 1956 opened in the depot) moved the original diner chairs and counter to the depot. The owner of the flower shop also owns the Depot Diner.
- AC Transit has a bus stop across the street, served by Local Lines 210, 99, and Transbay Line U. All-Nighter Line 801 also serves the station on nearby Peralta Blvd. Line 99 connects this station to the Fremont (BART station).
Centerville's first Southern Pacific Railroad station was nothing more than a boxcar, functioning in that capacity from May 1909 to September 1910. In that month the current wooden structure was opened. It was one of sixty Type 23 stations built by Southern Pacific, and its cost was under $5,000 USD (equivalent to $134,446 in 2018). The station was a busy one during its early years, handling both freight and passenger traffic, including two to three daily milk trains. By the mid-1920s, automobile traffic began to grow, and the milk trains were discontinued. Passenger service ended on March 29, 1940. The Railway Express Agency continued shipping to and from the station until 1958. The station was completely closed on September 30, 1961.
The station changed hands many times in the following decades, becoming a furniture store, a spice store, a toy store, and an electronics store at different times. Its condition deteriorated, however, and in 1991 it was abandoned.
On March 15, 1995, the station was moved from the south side of the tracks to the north side of the tracks; it was also rotated 180 degrees to allow for more parking space. The station was restored between October 1998 and June 12, 1999. The cost of these projects was over $900,000. The station now appears as it did in 1910. On November 23, 2002, a platform and shelter was built on the south side of the tracks. It is called the Bill Ball Plaza, named after a former mayor of Fremont.[circular reference]
Funding was allocated via SB 1 to extend the station platform.
A 2016-released Vision Plan called for Capitol Corridor trains to be rerouted over the Coast Subdivision, which is used by less freight service. Fremont station would be replaced by a new station on the border of Fremont and Newark on the Coast Subdivision.
- SMA Rail Consulting (April 2016). "California Passenger Rail NETWORK SCHEMATICS" (PDF). California Department of Transportation. p. 4.
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2012, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-11.
- Great American Stations. Accessed 2 February 2013.
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- Gus Morrison
- "Additional State Funding Targeted For Rail Service". Escalon Times. 7 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
- "CAPITOL CORRIDOR INTERCITY PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE ANNUAL BUSINESS PLAN FY2019-20–FY2020-21" (PDF). Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority. pp. 9–10.
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