The Bay Area Rapid Transit Warm Springs Station, in south Fremont, has eight full-time staff despite being closed to trains and riders.
The staff include five $73,609-a-year station agents and an $89,806-a-year train dispatch supervisor, even though no trains will be running there for at least two months. Workers are there from 4 a.m. to midnight on weekdays, and for slightly shorter hours on weekends.
“Two janitors are also assigned to the empty station,” San Francisco Chronicle columnists Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross wrote February 13. “But because it’s pretty clean – what with nobody using it – the custodians typically clock in, then commute in a BART sedan to other stations along the line to finish out their shifts.”
The remaining workers stay at the unused station. A BART spokeswoman said they are “helping prep the station for opening, and they are keeping an eye on the station to prevent vandalism, theft and so on.”
The situation came to pass because of a union contract that allows employees to sign up for station postings only twice a year. Warm Springs was put on the list on August, in anticipation of opening in November, but a computer problem and other issues delayed the opening. The station’s opening date remains unknown, but the union contract keeps the workers from being assigned to stations where they might be needed.