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Livermore-Pleasanton BART Extension (2013)

Forty years ago BART changed the way people travel throughout the Bay Area and the system continues to grow, building on its four decades of success. BART is currently in the process of preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Review (DEIR) for a 4.8 mile system extension into Livermore that would run along I-580. It’s one of several BART projects in the works to help make a better, more extensive regional transit network. However, while extending BART into Livermore would certainly be a first, it isn’t exactly a new proposal.
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Today’s proposed BART extension into Livermore. Image via: BART
In the spirit of the school of thought that everything old becomes new again, let’s look at a proposed Livermore extension– from 1976, only four years after BART launched service in the Bay Area!
Livermore-Pleasanton BART Extension Study: Selected BART Line and Composite General Plans, 1990 (1976, east)
Note BART running roughly along Stanley Boulevard rather than the I-580. Images via: Eric Fischer
Livermore-Pleasanton BART Extension Study: Selected BART Line and Composite General Plans, 1990 (1976, west)
Proposed extension of BART, from Livermore-Pleasanton BART Extension Study 1976. Images via: Eric Fischer
Livermore-Pleasanton BART Extension: Alternate Routes and Stations (1976)
A whole host of proposed route alternatives of BART in east Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Map from Livermore-Pleasanton BART Extension Study, Final Report, July 1976. Images via: Eric Fischer
Examining the former proposals one can’t help but to wonder how regional transportation would be different today if BART had developed its system earlier or with different routes. We may not be able to change past decisions but we have the pleasure of seeing BART’s system unravel before us today to improve transportation for future generations.

0 thoughts on “Livermore-Pleasanton BART Extension (2013)

  1. Putting the two new BART stations along 580 is the worst decision Livermore could make for it's future. They're clinging to the automobile, when in a few years the price of gasoline could be double what it is today. Livermore could continue to be a desirable place to live if they build one station in downtown and one station near the lab.
    I'm a young person – my generation doesn't want to live our lives stuck in traffic like our parents have. We want to live near where we work and if possible, bicycle or take the train there. This short-sighted plan will blight the south side of Livermore for generations to come.

  2. Our 2011 initiative petition sought a vote in the Livermore city election to declare in the city's General Plan the city's preference for (1) an Isabel/580 station and (2) ultimate freeway-oriented BART to Greenville/580. The City Council reversed its previous route choice when our petition qualified for the ballot and adopted our initiative as part of the General Plan.

  3. OK. I was one of the three initiative proponents, BART Director, District 5, 1974-1988, and knowledgable about the various iterations of BART. Our petition did not speak to a possible BART station at Vasco/580 (close to LLNL, Sandia, Springtown, or the I-Gate plans. Nor did it exclude future extension to ACE and over the Altamont, where the former SP railroad had a ruling grade of under 1.3% – as compared to 2.99% over Dublin Hill. The Livermore City Council in 1986 opted for a BART orientation along I-580 – after the City of Pleasanton did the same – and sold the 11-acre "Brickyard" site MTC had funded for a downtown Livermore station site (between Murrieta and P Street beside the railroad). It was after that that BART bought the 53-acre Gandolfo property at Isabel/580 for a station site +.

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