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BART to Isabel

Parking is the best TOD (Transit Oriented Development) at a BART Isabel/580 station.  BART bought 53 acres there in 1986 when I was BART Director, much of it going for the new interchange. 

About 180,000 vehicles use 580 each day, and Isabel will be the only Tri-Valley station close to a freeway interchange.   There must be oodles of parking, assuring enough for Livermore residents.   

Robert S. Allen February 26, 2014 at 02:57 PM
I understand that CARB (California Air Resources Board) does not want people living close to freeways and diesel rail operations. And of course we have the airport nearby.
Desert Rat February 26, 2014 at 07:06 PM
Did Stoneridge Mall push for a station closer to their parking lots? What was the impetus for the second Dublin station? And, do we have numbers from the park and ride currently at Isabel? Isn't there a lot and bus service to BART from that location that could provide numbers of potential riders for a BART station there? I don't think looking at the amount of cars over the Altamont is a valid reflection of potential BART ridership from a Greenville or Vasco station. Clearly much of that traffic is also coming from Hwy 5 and/or commercial shipping and others. A percentage of folks would park and ride from that point though if they live in Tracy, Manteca, or Modesto. Those would be the relevant stats.
Robert S. Allen February 26, 2014 at 10:08 PM
Office space, far more than the mall, was the "attraction" pusher, I think for the West Dublin/Pleasanton station. From Danville, San Ramon, and most of Pleasanton, it was the in-direction commute. Driving east to end up going west was a dis-incentive to using BART. ----- BART's Airway Park/Ride lot gets little use. The bus run is infrequent and circuitous. For years I have been asking Wheels to run a direct shuttle connecting with every train in and out of the eastern Dublin/Pleasanton station. A few years ago we almost got it; the motion to accept a BAAQMD grant failed on a 3-3 tie vote, with the key vote being away due to a family illness. I have repeatedly sought to get Wheels to try it at least during commute hours on an experimental basis, and I've urged it again in connection with their impending route changes. ----- Isabel/580 is in the direction of travel for most Livermore commuters and is easily accessible from most of the city. That is the main reason why, as BART Director in 1986, I got BART to buy the 53-acre site when it became available and the Livermore City Council had opted for a freeway orientation for BART. It is also why I co-authored the 2011 initiative petition. ----- Remote parking lots near Vasco/580 and Greenville/580 and even farther east might also do well if served by well-timed bus service, but BART rail won't be there for many years. The Central Valley counties are not in the BART district whereas Livermore has paid its dues for 2/3 of a century.
Mark Tarte February 27, 2014 at 01:35 AM
Robert, I appreciate your knowledge and your dedication to getting BART to Livermore. However, having lived here my entire life I am not as confident as you that the board will do anything but another study or table the motion. Frankly, if there is any legal way for Livermore to opt out of the BART taxes and even sue to recoup their tax monies we've wasted for over 50 years and have almost nothing to show for it, I am on board. I hope I am wrong, but I suspect we will not see any real action for at least another 50 years.
Robert S. Allen February 27, 2014 at 02:25 AM
Thursday night's BART Board Meeting is heavy with agenda items, and BART to Livermore environmental items come near the end of the meeting. They include both Project-level (to Isabel) and Program-level (beyond Isabel) choices, including alternatives such as bus, express bus, DMU, EMU, and full BART. ----- I anticipate the choice of full BART to Isabel at the project level, with major funding to come through voter passage of the Alameda County Transportation Commission measure in November. Much depends on assurance of adequate parking for Livermore residents.

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