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BART To Focus on Livermore Extension on I-580 Median to Isabel Avenue

Information submitted by City of Livermore—

At the February 27, 2014 BART Board meeting, the Board directed BART staff to focus environmental studies for the BART extension to Livermore on the I-580 median alignment to Isabel Avenue.

This clarifies discussion from the December 5, 2013 BART Board meeting, where some Board members had asked that a possible route to Downtown Livermore be included in the environmental analysis.

Mayor John Marchand addressed members of the Board asking that BART not study the BART to Downtown Livermore option.  

"The Livermore City Council has listened to the concerns of our community about BART to Downtown Livermore, and has taken appropriate actions to amend the General Plan to support a BART extension to Isabel along I-580, and not to Downtown Livermore. It would take a vote of the people to change this policy, and that is extremely unlikely because 80% of our community opposes BART to Downtown Livermore."

Once a review of the environmental studies is complete, the BART Board can elect to approve the project and begin the funding process. Acting City Manager Troy Brown addressed how the inclusion of the Livermore to Downtown option in the environmental studies could impact support for the extension and augmentation of Measure B, Alameda County's sales tax for transportation.

Proposed for the ballot this November, if approved, Measure B funding would provide $400 million toward the BART extension to Livermore, a down payment which would bring total funding for the project up to about 50% of the estimated $1.2 billion needed to complete the extension, and would help leverage other federal, state, and regional funding for the program.

"We need to concentrate on delivering BART to Isabel, consistent with the Measure B Transportation Expenditure Plan," said Mr. Brown. "We shouldn't confuse the voters about where this BART extension to Livermore is going. The project is to extend BART to Isabel."

As required by California law, the environmental studies will include an analysis of potentially feasible alternatives to extending BART to Isabel Avenue.

Proposed alternatives include Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) rail technology, Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) rail technology, express bus, and enhanced bus/bus rapid transit. All rail options would be within the I-580 median and terminate at Isabel Avenue, with bus service connecting further east to various locations in Livermore.

The express bus and enhanced bus/bus rapid transit alternatives would provide service from various locations in Livermore to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station.

The draft environmental studies for the BART extension to Livermore are expected to be complete by mid-2015.
The Defective Cat March 27, 2014 at 05:43 PM
a local citizen please we are trying to talk about Maurice Duenas and other people we disagree with in a not so nice manner. So unless you are here to attack another individuals opinion then I will have to ask you to leave.
dedewynne March 27, 2014 at 09:53 PM
Go BART go!! I can't wait. . My only regret is that it won't go to Greenville rd. . Lots of land for parking structures and the Vasco Rd fiasco would be significantly reduced. The number of deaths on the 580 crawl over the years should be enough to convince anyone that another option for commuters is decades behind other areas of the Bay Area. If you or a loved one ever drives on 580, the small tax to increase the survival rate is not even worth a debate.
Robert S. Allen March 28, 2014 at 04:13 PM
Hopefully when BART gets to Isabel/580, BART will get lots of parking on its land near Greenville, and Wheels or someone else will run a dedicated shuttle bus between BART-Isabel and that park-ride. It should reliably meet every train, at least during commute hours.

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