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Last updated 07/30/2013 

Measure B Reauthorization - Just Shy of Success

Despite receiving 66.53% of the vote in Alameda County, Measure B1 did not meet the required 66.67% to pass.  It lost by only 0.14% out of 527,403 votes cast countywide.

Alameda County voters to consider extending the transportation sales tax in November.  The Measure includes $400 million for BART to Livermore.  For more information on the Measure B Reauthorization and Alameda Countywide Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP), Click here

Scoping Meeting Information

A scoping meeting has been scheduled the evening of September 19th at the Robert Livermore Community Center to receive public input on the scope of the project level environmental assessment including any alternatives that should be considered.  The public is encouraged to participate.
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Request for Proposals

The City of Livermore in partnership with BART and Alameda County Transportation Commission is seeking a qualified Land Use, Urban Design and Environmental Consultant to create a comprehensive Priority Development Area (PDA) Specific Plan for the Isabel Avenue/BART Station Planning Area.   Click here for the RFP

BART Board of Directors Vote to Advance BART to Livermore 

On February 9, 2012, the BART Board of Directors voted unanimously to advance BART to Livermore to the next phase of project development including completing a project specific environmental analysis and establishing a partnership with the City of Livermore and the Alameda County Transportation Commission to expedite project delivery.

 

Alameda County Transportation Commission Approves Transportation Expenditure Plan Including $400 million for BART to Livermore Phase 1

On January 26, 2012, on a vote of 22 to 2, the Alameda County Transportation Commission approved a Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP) for the  proposed reauthorization and augmentation of Measure B, the existing Alameda County sales Tax for transportation, and is seeking spprovals from the cities and the Board of Supervisors to place the TEP on the ballot in November 2012.  The ballot measure would augment the existing sales tax by 1/2 cent through 2022 and extend the full 1 cent in perpetuity to fund transportation projects and programs throughout Alameda County.  The current Measure has provided funding for the new I-580/Isabel Avenue (Route 84) Interchange, the Route 84 Widening Project, new Auxiliary Lanes on I-580, as well as providing approximately $1.1 million annually to the City of Livermore for maintaining local streets and roads, and providing bicycle and pedestrian improvements.  The new Measure includes $400 million for BART to Livermore Phase 1, $130 million for Route 84 widening between Pigeon Pass and I-680, approximately $1.6 million annually for local Streets and Roads, and $400,000 for Bike and Pedestrian Projects, and many other transportation projects and programs throughout the County.

BART Proposes Concept for Phased BART Extension to Livermore 

At a July 26, 2011 meeting of the Tri-Valley Regional Rail Policy Working Group, BART Board Director John McPartland introduced a concept for a first phase BART extension to Livermore. Director McPartland proposed to extend BART tracks in the median of I-580 easterly as far as the funding will allow. There may not be sufficient funding to extend BART to Isabel Avenue with the first phase so a temporary transfer station in the freeway median was proposed. The transfer station would be accessible primarily by busses. Other ways to access the station, such as walking, biking, drop offs and parking are under consideration, depending on station location and funding.

There is an opportunity to get funding for a first phase project in the proposed reauthorization of Alameda County Measure B, the ½ cent sales tax for transportation. The Alameda County Transportation Commission is developing a ballot measure to extend and/or augment the ½ cent sales tax along with a proposed Expenditure Plan for the November 2012 election. BART is taking comments on the first phase concept through October 2011 and will be refining the project for inclusion in the draft Expenditure Plan.

For more information, visit BART’s website. To share your questions and comments, please contact BART Planning, or Bob Vinn, City of Livermore Community Development.

 City Council Adopts Initiative

On July 11, 2011, the City Council adopted the "Keep BART on I-580” Initiative, which requires the City to advocate for a BART extension in the median of I-580 to a station at I-580/Isabel Avenue, with a future extension in the median of I-580 to Greenville Road. The Council took this action after certifying the Initiative petition that contained over 8,000 signatures supporting the freeway alignment, and receiving the 9212 Report on the impacts of the Initiative. The 9212 Report identified that the required Transit Oriented Development could be accommodated around a Greenville BART station by moving the station location about 2,500 feet south along Greenville Road, away from the environmental constraints that exist near I-580. The City has sent a letter to BART Director McPartland requesting the BART Board consider the City's preferred alignment.

                         Project Contacts

City of Livermore
Bob Vinn
Assistant City Engineer
City of Livermore
1052 South Livermore Avenue
Livermore, CA 94550
925-960-4500 
BART Planning
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
300 Lakeside Drive, 16th floor
Oakland, CA, 94612