BART extends public comment period on Livermore environmental report


BART extends public comment period on Livermore environmental report

In response to public interest, BART has added an additional public hearing on the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (DPEIR) regarding the potential extension of BART from the Dublin/Pleasanton Station to Livermore, and has extended the deadline for public comment on the DPEIR by one month. The new deadline for the public to submit comments is January 21, 2010.  

The goal of extending BART to Livermore is to increase mobility to, from, and through the Tri-Valley region.  As added benefits, an extension to Livermore would reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions; improve community livability and reduce congestion on the I-580 corridor.  The DPEIR evaluates alignment options, environmental impacts and mitigation measures for extending BART to Livermore.  BART is seeking public comment on the Livermore extension and its proposed alignments.

The alignment alternatives under consideration are:

Greenville East Station via I-580
Greenville East Station via Downtown Livermore (2 Options)
Vasco Road ACE Station via I-580/Las Positas
Vasco Road ACE Station via Quarry/Downtown Livermore 

OR:

Downtown Livermore via I-580/Portola
Downtown Livermore via Quarry/Railroad
Isabel/I-580 via I-580
Isabel/Stanley via Quarry
 
DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT
You can review the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report online at www.barttolivermore.org.  BART has also posted a list of commonly asked questions about the project there as well.  BART invites the public to review the DPEIR and submit their comments on the alignment alternatives, environmental impacts and mitigation measures to BART online at info@barttolivermore.org or via US mail to Malcolm Quint, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, 300 Lakeside Drive, 16th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612.  BART will accept written comments until January 21, 2010.

PUBLIC MEETINGS
The public can also submit their comments at the remaining public hearings.  Besides the already scheduled meeting for tonight, BART worked with the City of Pleasanton to hold a meeting in January.  Here are the details about the hearings:

Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 6:00 p.m. in Livermore
Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Avenue, Livermore

Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 6:30 p.m. in Pleasanton
Pleasanton City Council Chambers 200 Old Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton