BART to hold public forum on Environmental Assessment of Earthquake Safety Program


BART to hold public forum on Environmental Assessment of Earthquake Safety Program

BART is inviting the public to an open forum next week on the Environmental Assessment of BART's $1.3 billion Earthquake Safety Program. The hearing at Oakland's MetroCenter Wednesday, September 14th will give the public an opportunity to learn about the Earthquake Safety Program and to make written or oral statements about the Environmental Assessment.

For more information on the open forum, visit the Earthquake Safety Program section of bart.gov.

To obtain a copy of the EA, call or email Janie Layton at 510.874.7423; jlayton@bart.govYou can also download a copy of the Executive Summary (196 k .pdf file) of the EA.
A printable comment form for mailing comments is available here (64 k Microsoft Word doc).
More information on the public forum is available online here (72 k .pdf file).

COMMENTS TO BE ADDRESSED IN FINAL DOCUMENT
The comments will be addressed in a final Environmental Assessment document. The hearing is part of the 30-day public review period of the draft Environmental Assessment, which is now available for public review. The Environmental Assessment and other background studies are available at locations listed below. People who wish to comment on the Environmental Assessment are not required to attend Wednesday's public hearing; other methods of comment are listed below. The public review period ends at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2005.

EARTHQUAKE SAFETY BACKGROUND
The Earthquake Safety Program will upgrade the BART system from the Berkeley Hills Tunnel in Oakland to Montgomery Street Station in San Francisco, including the Transbay Tube, to ensure that it can return to operation shortly after a major earthquake. BART is engaged in an environmental review process with the cooperation of Caltrans and the Federal Highway Safety Administration.

OPEN PUBLIC HEARING

What: Hearing on Environmental Assessment for Seismic Retrofit Program
When: 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wed., September 14, 2005
Where: Joseph P. Bort Metro Center 8th St., Oakland, CA

OTHER METHODS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

Postal Mail:

Janie Layton
BART Environmental Compliance
P.O. Box 12688, Mail Stop LKS-18
Oakland, CA 94604-2688

Email:
jlayton@bart.gov

Fax:
510.464.7552

Telephone:
510.874.7423

Comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2005.

The Environmental Assessment and other background studies are available for review on weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. at the following locations:

BART District Office
300 Lakeside Drive, 17th Floor
Oakland, California

Caltrans District 4 Office
111 Grand Avenue
Oakland, California

FHWA California Division Office
650 Capital Mall, Suite 4-100
Sacramento, California

The environmental assessment will also be available for review at the San Francisco Main Library, the Oakland Main Library and the Rockridge Branch Library.