BART passes on extension to Livermore, hoping commuter rail will fill gap

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OAKLAND — The Bay Area Rapid Transit board of directors has passed on a long-discussed extension of the system to Livermore, Calif., leaving a rail connection to Livermore to another agency.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that, in lieu of a proposed 5.5-mile, $1.6 billion extension of BART’s blue line from the Dublin/Pleasanton station to Livermore, the BART board is deferring to the new Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority. That agency was created specifically to connect the Altamont Corridor Express commuter train, which runs between Stockton and San Jose, to BART. It will receive $135 million in funding on July 1 and may be eligible for another $400 million.

The new authority would build a 20-mile commuter rail line connecting the ACE station in West Tracy, Calif., to BART at Dublin/Pleasanton.

The full Mercury News report is available here.

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