The BART to Livermore Extension project is a proposal to extend the BART rail line by 5.5 miles along I-580 from the existing Dublin/Pleasanton Station to a new station in the vicinity of the Isabel Avenue interchange. The Project would also incorporate improvements to the local bus system, connections with key activity centers in Livermore and inter-regional rail service. The proposed extension would provide an alternative to traffic congestion on the busy Interstate 580 (I-580) corridor, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants and expand opportunities for transit-oriented development.
Photo credit: Marc Buehler, flickr, 2012.
Photo credit: Eric Fischer, flickr, 2011.
BART staff is currently developing conceptual engineering for the proposed project and is preparing a project-level Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) for the proposed project. The project-level EIR will build upon the 2010 program-level EIR, which looked at 10 alignment alternatives. The project-level EIR will evaluate the construction of the BART rail extension, including the BART station, associated parking, storage tracks, as well as the operation of new BART and bus services. The BART project team is also developing conceptual plans for alternatives to the proposed project; these alternatives will also be evaluated in the project-level EIR for environmental impacts. These alternatives include a No Build Alternative, a Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) or Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) Alternative, an Express Bus/Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Alternative, and an Enhanced Bus Alternative (see Project Alternatives for details).
BART estimates the Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) will be available for public review in Spring 2017. At that time, BART will seek public input on selecting the recommended alternative. Following public review, the BART Board of Directors will select either the proposed project (full BART service) or one of the alternatives as the preferred transit mode for an extension to Livermore. BART anticipates making this decision at the end of 2017.
Following this decision, a federal-level Environmental Impact Statement will likely need to be prepared to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) prior to completing the final engineering and before construction work can begin. The anticipated date for opening the completed extension and new BART station is 2026.
City of Livermore - Isabel Neighborhood Plan
As a separate but related project, the City of Livermore is developing a land use and circulation plan for the area surrounding the proposed BART station at the Isabel Avenue interchange. The Isabel Neighborhood Plan area (also referred to as the “Plan Area”) covers approximately 1,132 acres and surrounds the proposed Isabel BART station. Most of the Plan Area is north of the freeway. The City and its consultants are conducting outreach with the community and stakeholders to obtain input on the plan. Opportunities for direct involvement include community meetings, online surveys, public workshops, and hearings. As Lead Agency, the City of Livermore will complete a Program-level Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that addresses the potential environmental impacts related to implementation of the Isabel Neighborhood Plan. The City expects the draft EIR to be available for public review in early 2017.
Learn more about the City of Livermore and the Isabel Neighborhood Plan.