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 has developed conceptual engineering for the proposed project and prepared a project-level Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) for the proposed project. The project-level EIR builds upon the 2010 program-level EIR, which looked at 10 alignment alternatives. The project-level EIR evaluates the construction of the BART rail extension, including the BART station, associated parking, storage and maintenace facilities, as well as the operation of new BART and bus services. The BART project team also developed conceptual plans for alternatives to the proposed project; these alternatives are also evaluated in the project-level EIR for environmental impacts. These alternatives include a No Project 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).
The Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) was released for public review on July 31, 2017. BART is seeking public input on selecting the recommended alternative. Following public review, the BART Board of Directors will select either the proposed project (conventional BART service) or one of the alternatives as the preferred transit mode for an extension to Livermore. BART anticipates making this decision in the Spring of 2018.
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 conducted outreach with the community and stakeholders to obtain input on the plan. 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 Fall 2017.
Learn more about the City of Livermore and the Isabel Neighborhood Plan.
Draft Enviromental Impact Report (DEIR)
The DEIR is avaliable via download on the BART to Livermore Environmental Process page.
To Obtain a Copy of the DEIR. The DEIR is available via download from the BART website at www.bart.gov/about/projects/liv/environment. To request a copy of the DEIR on CD-ROM, email the web address below or call (888) 441-0434 or (510) 464-6401 to leave a message. During the public comment period the DEIR was also available at the Livermore, Dublin and Pleasanton Libraries. The DEIR and all related documents are available for public review at 300 Lakeside Drive, 21th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Email or call (888) 441-0434 or (510) 464-6401to arrange an appointment.
Comment Period. The public comment period for the DEIR began on July 31, 2017. The deadline for receipt of comments was 5:00 pm, October 16, 2017. The public comment period is now closed.
How to Comment. Comments on the DEIR were accepted via mail at the BART to Livermore Extension Project, 21st Floor, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612. You may also comment by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the project website at http://www.bart.gov/about/projects/liv/contact.
Public Meetings. Two public meetings were held on:
Tuesday, August 22, 2017, Robert Livermore Community Center, 4448 Loyola Way, Livermore, CA 94550. 6:00 pm Open House/7:00 pm Meeting
Tuesday, August 29, 2017, Shannon Community Center, 11600 Shannon Avenue, Dublin, CA 94568. 6:00 pm Open House/7:00 pm Meeting