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About the Environmental Review Process
The environmental review of BART’s Earthquake Safety Program has four components:
The Berkeley Hills Tunnel to Montgomery Station, which includes the highest priorities for strengthening (i.e, the Transbay Tube)
Lake Merritt Administration (LMA) Dismantling Project
Oakland Shops (OKS) Radio Site Project
All remaining elements of the BART system that will be strengthened under the Earthquake Safety Program
Notice of Availability of and Public Meeting about the Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the BART Fremont Line Operability Retrofit Project
Notice of Availability
The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) has prepared a Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (Draft IS/MND) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the Fremont Line Operability Project. The proposed project would upgrade portions of the Fremont Line to allow BART to resume operations shortly after a major earthquake. The Draft IS/MND provides an environmental evaluation of the potential impacts and mitigation measures. The study concludes that the project’s mitigation measures would ensure that all impacts remain at a less than significant level. This notice is to advise the public and agencies that the Draft IS/MND is available for review and of the public meeting that was held.
The public meeting was held Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 6 pm.
Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration
The Draft IS/MND is also available for review at the following locations:
BART District Office
300 Lakeside Drive, 17th Floor
Cesar Chavez Branch Library
3301 East 12th Street, Suite 271
Oakland Public Library
125 14th Street
San Leandro Main Library
300 Estudillo Avenue
San Leandro, CA
Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Library
101 8th Street
South Branch Library
14799 East 14th Street
San Leandro, CA
The 30-day review period began on May 2, 2012 and ended on May 31, 2012.
For more information or to obtain a copy of the Draft IS/MND call the ESP Project Information Line at (510) 874-7425.
Completed Environmental Reviews
Berkeley Hills Tunnel to Montgomery Station
In August 2005 BART, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to satisfy National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental clearance for the first portion of upgrade work.
In March 2006 BART issued a Response to Comments on the Environmental Assessment and received a Finding of No Significant Impact from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Download the document here:
Aerial Structures and Stations Along the Concord, Daly City, Fremont and Richmond Lines
These projects are exempt by statute from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). As a condition of the exemption, BART held three workshops to ensure public awareness of the retrofit work.
In order for the project to use federal funds for some project components, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), as lead federal agency, determined that the project potentially qualified to proceed under a Categorical Exclusion (CE) from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). At FHWA's request, for purposes of making a final CE determination, BART prepared a series of environmental technical study reports. BART also held a public hearing on April 25, 2007, to obtain public comments.
On August 3, 2007, based on the final results of the technical studies, FHWA and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) determined that the project qualified for a CE, and the project received federal funding.
Last Updated: November 29, 2012