FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Commuters Waiting for BART

  1. What is the BART to Livermore Extension project?
  2. What are the project Goals?
  3. What is the schedule for the project?
  4. What is an Environmental Impact Report (EIR)?
  5. What Agency is the Lead Agency for the project?
  6. What is the environmental process for this project?
  7. What will the EIR evaluate?
  8. How is the Program EIR different from the Project EIR?
  9. What transit technologies are considered as alternatives to the proposed project?
  10. Will BART consider rail service that extends beyond Isabel Avenue?
  11. Who are the project partners?
  12. What is the City of Livermore’s role with the project?
  13. How much will the proposed project cost?
  14. How is the project funded?
  15. Who will make the decisions about building the project?
  16. Will there be contracting opportunities or jobs on the project?
  17. Will there be adequate parking?

1. Q: What is the BART to Livermore Extension Project?
A:
BART is proposing to extend its transit system for approximately 5 miles from the existing Dublin/Pleasanton station eastward to a new station in the City of Livermore. The proposed project is being developed in partnership with the City of Livermore. The 5.5-mile BART extension will go within the median of Interstate 580 (I-580) to a new station near the Isabel Avenue/I-580 interchange. Storage tracks would be required in the vicinity of the sytem's end-of-line. The project also incorporates an efficient bus-to-BART transfer and a network of express buses to link the new BART station and other destinations such as Downtown Livermore, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Vasco Road ACE Train Station. BART also is evaluating a number of alternatives to the proposed project. The diagram below shows the project area.

 

2. Q: What are the Project Goals?
A: The primary goal of the BART to Livermore Extension Project is to provide an effective and affordable inter-modal transit connection from the existing BART system to inter-regional rail service and key activity centers in the City of Livermore. The San Francisco Bay Area Regional Rail Plan (2007) identified this connection as an important inter-regional link. Other key project benefits include providing an alternative to traffic congestion in the I-580 corridor; creating opportunities for transit-oriented development around the proposed Isabel Avenue /I-580 BART station; improving air quality, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

3. Q: What is the schedule for the project?
A:
BART is currently conducting conceptual engineering and environmental review for the project. The environmental review process requires the development of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Typically, an EIR for a transit project of this size can take a number of years to complete. BART anticipates the Draft EIR for this project to be available for public review in Spring 2017. Once the EIR is certified, the BART Board of Directors must determine whether to go forward with the project. If the BART Board of Directors adopts the proposed project, then the final engineering and construction work would still need to be done. Thus, it will take additional time before the extension will be open for service. If all goes as planned, the new extension would be open in approximately 2026.

 

BART East Ave Livermore Extension Graphic

 

4. Q: What is an Environmental Impact Report (EIR)?
A:
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires evaluating certain projects for impacts on the environment. An EIR is a document that informs public agency decision-makers and the public of the significant environmental impacts of the proposed project. An EIR identifies ways to reduce those impacts to less-than-significant levels; usually through implementation of mitigation measures or an alternative to the proposed project.

 

5. Q: What Agency is the Lead Agency for the project?
A:
CEQA requires a public agency to be the lead for environmental review. BART is the Lead Agency for the BART to Livermore Project EIR.

 

6. Q: What is the environmental process for this project?
A:
BART, as Lead Agency, issued a Notice of Preparation on August 30, 2012 to advise other agencies and the public that it would be preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) for the proposed BART to Livermore Extension Project. A scoping meeting on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at the Robert Livermore Community Center in Livermore allowed the public to provide verbal and written comments on the scope of the
Draft EIR.

BART Timeline

 

BART currently is preparing the Draft EIR that will evaluate environmental impacts of the proposed project and alternatives to the Project. The Draft EIR is scheduled for completion in Spring 2017. When completed, the Draft EIR will be released for public review. During the public review period, agencies, organizations, and interested individuals will have an opportunity to review and comment on the Draft EIR. BART will record all the public comments and respond to all substantial comments as part of the preparation of the Final EIR. The Final EIR will be presented to the BART Board of Directors for certification. Once the BART Board of Directors certifies the Final EIR, the Board will have the opportunity to formally adopt a project for further design and construction.

 

7. Q: What will the EIR evaluate?
A:
The EIR will evaluate a range of issues related to the physical and natural environment, including the following topics: transportation, air quality, land use, housing and physical displacement, public services, energy, greenhouse gases and climate change, noise and vibration, geology and seismicity, hazardous materials, water resources, biological resources, visual resources, cultural resources, public utilities, and growth-inducing impacts.

 

8. Q: How is the earlier Program-level EIR different from the current Project-level EIR?
A:
In the initial stages of the proposed project, a Program EIR was completed for the BART to Livermore Extension and certified by the BART Board on July 1, 2010. The purpose of the Program EIR was to evaluate a number of potential BART rail alignments between the Dublin/Pleasanton Station and several potential new station locations in Livermore. However, the Program EIR did not evaluate any one alignment in sufficient detail to allow that alignment to be constructed. The Project EIR that BART is currently preparing will provide a detailed analysis of the proposed BART alignment in the median of I-580 between the Dublin/Pleasanton Station and Isabel interchange, as well as the other alternatives. The information from the Project EIR will help the BART Board of Directors determine whether to construct a project.

 

9. Q: What transit technologies are considered as alternatives to the proposed project?
A:
The EIR will evaluate three transit alternatives to the proposed project, utilizing different technologies for the extension. These alternatives are a Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) or Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU), an Express Bus/Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), and an Enhanced Bus. In addition, the EIR will evaluate a No-Build alternative. The various alternatives are summarized below:

 

DMU or EMU Alternative – Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) are self-propelled, diesel-powered vehicles that travel on standard gauge railroad tracks. Cars can be linked together in two or three-car lengths depending on passenger demand. BART is currently constructing a DMU extension running from the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART Station to a new station in Antioch. As an option to the DMU, BART also will evaluate an Electric Multiple Unit (EMU), a vehicle similar to a DMU that uses an electric motor and receives power through a system of overhead electric cables. All other aspects of the EMU would be the same as a DMU.

Express Bus/BRT Alternative – This alternative would implement Express Bus/BRT service to the Dublin/Pleasanton Station. Bus transfer platforms would be added on the outside of the existing BART Dublin/Pleasanton Station to allow Express/BRT buses to access the station directly from the high occupancy vehicle (car pool) or high occupancy toll lanes on I-580.

Enhanced Bus Alternative – The Enhanced Bus Alternative would include modest improvements, such as signal priority, real time signage, and improvements to existing bus services currently serving the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station.

No Build Alternative – The No Build Alternative assumes that the proposed project will not be constructed. Conditions stay much as they are now with the limited low cost improvements currently planned.

 

10. Q: Will BART consider rail service that extends beyond Isabel Avenue?
A:
The BART Extension and the DMU/EMU alternatives only address new rail service from the Dublin/Pleasanton Station to a new station near the Isabel Avenue/I-580 interchange. With the exception of storage tracks or maintenance facilities related to the system’s end-of-line at the Isabel Avenue station, the BART to Livermore EIR will not evaluate any rail service beyond Isabel Avenue.

 

11. Q: Who are the project partners?
A:
Project partners are listed here.

 

12. Q: What is the City of Livermore’s relationship to the project?
A:
The City of Livermore’s General Plan supports a BART extension to the City, and the City has advocated an extension within the median of I-580 to a station at Isabel Avenue/I-580 as a viable project. In addition, the City is preparing the Isabel Neighborhood Plan for the area surrounding the proposed Isabel Avenue station.

 

13. Q: How much will the proposed project cost?
A:
Based on the initial cost estimate developed in 2010, a BART extension from the Dublin/Pleasanton Station to Isabel Avenue would cost approximately $1.2 billion. The Draft EIR will provide an updated cost estimate.

 

14. Q: How is the proposed project funded?
A:
The project funds are from a number of local and regional sources. A total of $552.1 million has been committed from the following sources:

PROJECT FUNDING (as of March 2015)
Alameda County Measure B (2000)$1.8 million
Sales Tax - Alameda County Measure BB (2014) $400 million

Regional Bridge Tolls –

Assembly Bill 1171 (2001)

Regional Measure 1 (1988)

 

$94.3 million

$16 million

Local – City of Livermore Impact Fees$40 million
Total Funding$552.1 million

 

15. Q: Who will make the decision about building the project?
A:
The BART Board of Directors will determine whether to go forward with a BART to Livermore Extension. This decision will be made following completion of the environmental review process and as part of a public process that will include a public hearing before the Board of Directors.

 

16. Q: Will there be contracting opportunities on the project?
A:
There may be contracting opportunities once the BART Board of Directors adopts the project. Contracting opportunities will not occur until the environmental process is concluded. Once a project is adopted, BART would develop a procurement plan.

 

For those interested in future procurements, please contact Deborah Tse in BART Procurement Department (510-464-6187, dtse@BART.gov). BART Procurement Department maintains a database of firms grouped by discipline or specialty. An interested business owner will be requested to complete a form so that the business can be included in the database. Once in the database, the business representative will be notified of upcoming procurements involving the stated discipline or specialty. (If you would like to register your business with BART, please do so here).

 

17. Q: Will there be adequate parking?
A:
The project team is evaluating the number of parking spaces needed for each alternative. A combination of garage parking and surface parking is planned for the Isabel Avenue Station area. Parking for bikes, taxis, buses and passenger loading/unloading will also be components of the overall station design.

 


 

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