Wednesday, November 04, 2009

BART seeks public comment on extension to Livermore

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BART seeks public comment on extension to Livermore | Railway Track & Structures

On November 5, BART will release its Draft Program Environmental Impact Report for an extension between the Dublin/Pleasanton Station and the City of Livermore, Calif. The goal of extending BART to Livermore is to increase mobility to, from and through the Tri-Valley region. As added benefits, a new station in Livermore would reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions; improve community livability and reduce congestion on the I-580 corridor. The DPEIR evaluates alignment options, environmental impacts and mitigation measures for extending BART to Livermore. BART is seeking public comment on the Livermore extension and its proposed alignments.

The alignment alternatives under consideration are:

Greenville East Station via I-580

Greenville East Station via Downtown Livermore (2 Options)

Vasco Road ACE Station via I-580/Las Positas

Vasco Road ACE Station via Quarry/Downtown Livermore

OR: Downtown Livermore via I-580/Portola

Downtown Livermore via Quarry/Railroad

Isabel/I-580 via I-580

Isabel/Stanley via Quarry

The proposed stations, whether at Greenville Road/I-580, Vasco Road ACE Station, Downtown Livermore and Isabel Avenue/Stanley Boulevard, would provide a convenient connection to the existing Altamont Commuter Express commuter rail service or potential High Speed Rail alignments through Altamont Pass. An intermediate or terminus station at Isabel Avenue/I-580 is also being considered. BART is also considering building a maintenance yard as well as enhancing existing facilities.

BART will post the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report on www.barttolivermore.org on November 5. The public can find a list of commonly asked questions about the project there as well.

The public can also submit their comments at two public hearings scheduled to be held in Livermore.

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