We should ensure that BART to Livermore is one of the projects funded by Measure B3 (reauthorization of Measure B) on the 2012 ballot. It is a major source of local funding. If we get that funding, it will be easier to get matching funds from the State of California and the Federal Government. If we don’t get it on the list of projects for Measure B3 on the 2012 ballot, it will be another 20 year wait. We have waited long enough. We can’t let incorrect facts from groups opposing the station to yet again delay our long promised BART station that we have been paying for 49 years. You can express your support at the following meeting:
Approval of Expenditure Plan and Ballot Measure: Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) Board Retreat, Friday December 16, 2011, Newark Pavilion, 6430 Thornton Avenue, Newark, CA 94560
You can also submit your comments in support online at this webpage of Alameda County Transportation Commission, Countywide Transportation Plan (CWTP) or by emailing Bob Vinn, Assistant City Engineer, City of Livermore. Be sure to mention that you won’t vote for Measure B3 on the 2012 ballot unless BART to Livermore is one of the projects funded by it.
Here are some key facts about BART to Livermore (thanks to Bob Vinn):
- The Phase 1 project is estimated to cost about $1.2 billion, not the $4 billion listed in the “Community Vision Platform.” The City of Livermore is working with BART and our funding partners to reduce costs even further.
- $400 million of Measure B3 funding is proposed for the Phase 1 project.
- There is over $100 million of bridge toll revenues already allocated to BART to Livermore. This along with the proposed Measure B funding would bring the funding commitment close to 50%, not 85% unfunded as listed in the “Community Vision Platform.” A 50% or greater funding commitment for BART to Livermore Phase 1 will go a long way to attract additional Federal and State funding.
- The MTC Project Performance Assessment results showed BART to Livermore Phase 1 Project scoring 5.5 in the overall targets score, putting the project in the top third of the 76 projects scored. It has showed a cost benefit ratio of 1.0, not the 0.4 as referenced in the “Community Vision Platform.”
- Building BART to Livermore will bring much needed jobs to Alameda County. Several Union members spoke in support of the project at the 11-17 meeting
- BART to Livermore was shown as a future extension in the 1962 BART Composite Report that was used for the ballot measure approving the property tax for Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco county property owners to fund construction of the original BART system.
- Livermore residents have been paying for BART taxes for 49 years but do not have direct BART service.
- Livermore is the largest city in the BART District without direct BART service.
- All BART extensions shown in the 1962 BART Composite Report within the BART District have been completed or approved for construction except for the Livermore extension.
- BART extensions outside of the BART District have been approved before the Livermore Extension.
- A BART to Livermore is recommended in the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s 2007 Regional Rail Plan.
- BART, City of Livermore and our funding partners are working to develop a first phase project that is affordable, workable and deliverable in the near term. The preliminary estimate of the Phase 1 project is $1.1 billion, but BART and Livermore staff are working toward finding ways to deliver the extension at less cost.
- The Phase 1 Project is expected to generate over 20,000 new BART riders which produce significant and measurable environmental benefits:
- Reduce over 400,000 vehicle miles travelled
- Reduce over 260,000 lbs/day of greenhouse gasses supporting the California climate protection legislation AB32 and SB375
- Reduce over 400 Billion BTUs/year of energy consumption