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BART advances plans for Warm Springs extension


Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) recently completed the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (FSEIR) for the proposed Warm Springs Extension.

The FSEIR includes areas of potential environmental impacts, such as hazardous materials, hydrology, biology, land use, cultural resources, population and housing, aesthetics, transportation, noise and vibration, air quality and energy. It also includes responses to public and agency comments, and revisions based on concerns about the Draft SEIR, published in March.

The proposed 5.4-mile, $634 million extension would run from BART’s Fremont, Calif., station to a new Warm Springs, Calif., station, and an optional station in Irvington.

The Warm Springs Extension originally was proposed in 1991 and adopted by the board, but county funds were not available to build the line.

In 2000, Alameda County voters reauthorized the transportation sales tax to provide funding for the extension, which officials expect will reduce traffic on Interstate 880, improve transit times and reliability, and attract more riders to the system.

The line would run parallel to an existing Union Pacific Railroad alignment. Construction is expected to start in 2004, with revenue service beginning in 2008.

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