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Field trip at Springtown Preserve - Alkali Sink Scrub habitat

Bay Area Rapid Transit is planning on extending their services to Livermore and beyond.  EBCNPS is working with BART to help understand potential issues with rare plants and plant communities in this area.

EBCNPS is concerned with impact to alkali sink habitat, growth inducing impacts, and development beyond the urban limit line.

Here are comments from the East Bay Chapter of CNPS on the PEIR for BART to Livermore.


Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is planning an extension from the Dublin/Pleasanton station into the Livermore Area.  EBCNPS certainly appreciates well planned improvements to our public transit system.  The Draft EIR presents a number of alternatives varying from 1 to 2 new stations.  Several routes including the I-580 corridor and existing railroad easements are being considered.

EBCNPS was invited to meet with BART to discuss the alternatives and possible impacts.  The siting of the Greenville East station (and corporation yard) will impact known alkali resources including habitat for the rare Livermore tarplant.  EBCNPS will be commenting on these resources and impacts to them by the proposed project(s).  We appreciate the ability to help with this project and work towards better understanding its impacts and how, and if, these impacts can be adequately mitigated.


Please see the official BART announcement below.

alignment map

BART seeks public comment on extension to Livermore

On Thursday, November 5, BART will release its Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (DPEIR) for an extension between the Dublin/Pleasanton Station and the City of Livermore. 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


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 (ACE) 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 on Thursday, November 5.  The public can find a list of commonly asked questions about the project there as well.  BART invites the public to review the DPEIR and submit their comments on the alignment alternatives, environmental impacts and mitigation measures to BART online at or via mail to Malcolm Quint, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, 300 Lakeside Drive, 16th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612.  BART will accept written comments until December 21, 2009.

The public can also submit their comments at two public hearings:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 2pm in Livermore
City of Livermore City Council Chambers, 3575 Pacific Avenue, Livermore

Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 6pm in Livermore
Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Avenue, Livermore

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