Environmental Process and Documents

Environmental Process

Both the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) require evaluation of major projects for their impacts on the environment. CEQA is the California law that requires State and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible. For this project, CEQA requires the completion of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). An EIR informs public agency decision–makers and the public of the significant environmental impacts of the proposed project and its alternatives. Currently the proposed project is going through the CEQA process.

NEPA spells out the federal requirements for a similar environmental assessment and review. BART will initiate the NEPA process after completion of the CEQA process.

BART and the City of Livermore will coordinate the environmental process for the Proposed Project with the development and public engagement process for the City of Livermore’s Isabel Neighborhood Plan.

Wine Country Landscape

Photo Credit, Keith Cuddeback, flickr, 2011.

BART and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

CEQA requires that one agency be designated as the Lead Agency for the environmental review process. For the BART to Livermore Extension Project, BART is the Lead Agency and the City of Livermore is a Responsible Agency. In accordance with the CEQA guidelines, a Draft EIR will be prepared to evaluate the Proposed Project and the four alternatives.  Click here to see the schedule for the EIR

The Draft EIR evaluates the project’s potential environmental impacts and identifies ways to reduce those impacts to less-than-significant levels. Typically, project impacts are reduced or eliminated through the implementation of mitigation measures or avoided through the selection of alternatives to the proposed project.

The Draft EIR was released for public review on July 31, 2017. The public review period has been extended and will end on October 16, 2017, and includes two public hearings. After public review and comment, BART will prepare the Final EIR. The Final EIR will contain all the comments received on the Draft EIR and a written response to each substantive comment. The BART Board of Directors will consider the Final EIR and the alternatives evaluated. Based on the Final EIR and public comment, the Board may then adopt one of the alternatives.


BART to Livermore EIRs

Notice of Avaliability (NOA) of Draft EIR for the BART to Livermore Extension Project and Public Meetings

Notice of Availability

Draft Project Environmental Impact Report (DEIR)

Volume 1 (complete volume 1 for download)

Volume 2 (complete volume 2 for download)

Volume 3 (complete volume 3 for download)

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 to the BART to Livermore Extension Project, 21st Floor, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612. Comments were also accepted by email at barttolivermore@bart.gov or via the project website at http://www.bart.gov/about/projects/liv/contact.

Public Meetings. Two public meetings were held:

  • 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

Related Documents

Program EIR Completed 2010


Enviormental Wetlands Crane in water

Photo Credit, John C. Bruckman, flickr, 2015.



BART anticipates that a BART extension would require review under NEPA. A NEPA review would be required due to the proposed project’s modification of a interstate freeway (I-580), and because in all likelihood federal funds would be necessary for the project. A NEPA review of the BART extension would take place after the CEQA review is complete and the BART Board has adopted a project.