Earthquake Safety Program Environmental Review
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About the Environmental Review Process
The environmental review of BART’s Earthquake Safety Program has four components:
- The BART Caldecott 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
Completed Environmental Reviews
BART Fremont Line Operability Retrofit Project
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.
Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration
For more information or to obtain a copy of the Draft IS/MND call the ESP Project Information Line at (510) 874-7425.
BART Caldecott 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: July 18, 2019