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Livermore - BART to Livermore Community Dialogues

Client: City of Livermore

For decades, the I-580 median had been BART’s planned extension alignment to Livermore, but transit, political, and funding contexts had changed dramatically by 2009’s environmental work.  Residents’ preferences were split between freeway-located stations to keep traffic, noise, and outsiders away from settled areas, and in-town stations supporting transit-oriented development (TOD), revitalization, and sustainability.  An FTS team led community workshops providing education, visualizations, and dialogue on station place types, TOD, and impacts.  The resulting majority consensus led to Downtown and Vasco Stations becoming Livermore’s and BART’s recommended alignment.

Conceptual Vasco BART/ACE Station transit-oriented district with a mix of innovation-driven workplace and housing


  • City of Livermore and BART policies and land acquisitions assumed future stations on I-580.
  • BART’s Program EIR (November 2009) presented 9 alignment alternatives.
  • Residents’ opinions were divided between freeway median and in-town BART station locations.


  • Assist the City with workshops to educate on TOD economics, funding, placemaking, safety, and mobility issues for BART station sites, create a forum for public dialogue, and build consensus for City Council consideration.
  • Develop visualizations showing station site planning and surrounding TOD potentials.
  • Prepare a project report.


  • Project work paralleled BART’s PEIR process.
  • 3 workshops held from November 2009 to January 2010 resulted in station preferences for Downtown and Vasco locations and “2B” alignment.
  • Livermore Planning Commission and City Council unanimously endorsed alignment 2B in April 2010, followed by the Tri-Valley Regional Rail Policy Working Group and ensuing BART Board endorsement in June 2010.

In collaboration with:

Strategic Economics, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Moore Iacofano Goltsman, Inc., Anderson Illustration