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Officials break ground on Dublin-Pleasanton BART parking structure

New building on Dublin side expected to house 650-700 new parking spaces

In an effort to mitigate the traffic congestion and parking headaches that have plagued the area, local and regional leaders came together on Tuesday afternoon to mark the ceremonial groundbreaking of a multi-platform parking garage for the eastern Dublin-Pleasanton BART station.

Once completed, the garage will provide BART commuters with 650-700 parking spaces, helping alleviate the over 3,000 people wait-listed for a permit/reserved parking spot at the Dublin-Pleasanton station

“There is a story here that I think our country needs now more than ever,” State Assemblywoman Catharine Baker said at the ceremony. “Leaders who can work together and do not give up easily can improve our quality of life every single day and that is what we are breaking ground on today.”

The current BART parking garage, located directly adjacent to the future site, has been unable to keep up with the needs of the region and is typically full by 7:30 a.m., Baker said.

She added that the new structure -- expected to open in late 2020 -- will make life easier for BART passengers, drivers who will spend less time in traffic and local residents who will no longer have to compete for street parking.

Baker, along with Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, were largely credited for securing the $20 million in funding from the state needed to commence construction of the structure, with the additional $10 million needed to finish the project coming from local government partners.

Officials said they are excited for the project not only because of the alleviation of traffic congestion, but also because of the positive environmental impact the region will enjoy as a result of less cars on the road.

“Most importantly (the structure) will allow our residents to use BART. It will take most of our congestion from our local city streets, where people are just wandering around trying to find a place to park, (and) it will put them in a parking garage,” Haggerty said. “This is one of the happiest days of my 22 years in public service.”

Haggerty added that the structure will have features specifically meant to complement regional greenhouse gas reduction strategies, such as charging stations to promote electric vehicles and designated vanpool spots to encourage carpooling.

The project was initiated after BART’s decade-long inability to raise funds or approve plans for a 540-space garage to be located in the area, officials said. According to representatives from Baker’s office, BART claimed the project was never executed due to a lack of funding -- which officials estimated would cost $37 million.

“Over the course of the past decade it has both been incredibly disappointing and confusing, to see BART advance seemingly endless series of studies, environmental reviews, new plans and policies for stations. All … while experiencing explosive growth in housing in the Tri-Valley, and escalating congestion in our roadways,” Haggerty said.

The final design is still subject to some change but officials say it will be a convertible structure, allowing it to be redesigned for housing or office space if the region's traffic congestion and parking issues are somehow resolved in future years. It also remains unclear who will maintain ownership of the garage once it opens.

“You guys are really delivering for your constituents ... at a time where there is a lot of rhetoric, a lot of sharp elbows in our political system. I think what Assemblywoman Baker you and Supervisor Haggerty have shown is that by working together you can get things done in a constructive way, faster than the bureaucracy typically allows,” State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) said at the groundbreaking.

Haggerty also took the time to acknowledge former Dublin vice mayor Don Biddle -- who died in February after a brief illness -- saying the project would not have been possible without his efforts.

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6 people like this
Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 10, 2018 at 3:45 pm

It's called a bus. We already have them. Most of the people who park at BART are Tri Valley residents, many of whom are within range of 15 minute bus lines. We could speed the buses up for much less than $30M.


2 people like this
Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 10, 2018 at 3:46 pm

But I guess I'm not surprised, everyone really flubbed the bus question at the Transportation Summit.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 10, 2018 at 10:11 pm

Pleasanton Parent is a registered user.

Dont worry, it will be a high density complex before its done


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Posted by Wilma
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Oct 10, 2018 at 10:29 pm

Wilma is a registered user.

Please make sure the garage has red and green lights like modern structures such ad Broadway Plaza to tell people where vacant spaces are located. And please make it with a circular vehicle entry and exit, and no dead-ends like the West Pleasanton/Dublin garage which jas to be the dumbest Ive seen.
It would take me 20 minutes to walk (in the rain or darkness) to a bus stop, then wait, then ride the bus for 40 minutes due to multiple stops to arrive at BART. I can drive there in 15 minutes in the comfort and safety of my car. Why would I take a bus? Lets get real.
We need Alameda Co to build an ACE train garage


6 people like this
Posted by Snail's Pace
a resident of Foothill High School
on Oct 11, 2018 at 12:11 am

Explain how it takes two years to build a parking garage! What a joke!


8 people like this
Posted by Rose
a resident of Parkside
on Oct 11, 2018 at 10:30 am

KUDOS TO CATHARINE BAKER!! She has shown intelligent critical thinking, skillful collaboration and a deep knowledge of issues and governing - she has my vote! We can actually get things done with the right people in office.

Wondering if sjd has ever actually tried to take a bus to BART - my brother has regularly ridden bus from a location on Santa Rita Road...that is if it ever showed, or didn't leave before the scheduled time leaving him to walk back home in rain, get his car and ultimately drive to SF. Waiting to see if perchance the next bus showed in 20-25 minutes would be ridiculous.


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Posted by Robert S. Allen
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 11, 2018 at 10:57 am

$30 million for 700 spaces is over $40,000 per space.

Consider also: Enlarge BART's Airway Park and Ride (at the once-planned Isabel station in Livermore) for $6,512 per space (DKS estimate for ACTC study) and run a three-bus freeway route meeting every train in or out right at the fare gates.

A virtual seamless commute from Livermore developing ridership for the Valley Link rail line being planned. An assured place to park, and immediate access to your car when coming home.


3 people like this
Posted by Neville Newey
a resident of Valley Trails
on Oct 11, 2018 at 12:32 pm

Use that $30 million to pay for Uber for commuters. I used to Uber to and from the BART, cost was about $8 a ride. Lets call it $10 a ride. Lets say three people share an Uber thats $20 a day (there and back) for 3 people. $30 million would be enough to transport 22,500 people to and from BART *every* work day for a year and I doubt there are that many people who ride BART daily from Pleasanton. In addition we would be creating a lot of local employment for the Uber drivers.



4 people like this
Posted by William
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Oct 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm

So then there will be only 2300 waitlisted??? What a relief !:-)


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Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 11, 2018 at 2:11 pm

Rose,

I take the 10R, 14, or 30R to BART and back at least twice a week. I'm well aware of the system's shortcomings and strengths.

There are apps to show the live location of the vehicle to see if it is ahead or not.

In any case, everything you mentioned is a solvable issue for much less than $30M.


5 people like this
Posted by Flightops
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 11, 2018 at 2:24 pm

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2 years to build a parking garage???? No mention of what the daily/monthly parking rates would be?? My money is betting that garage will be half retail/apartments before it’s completed so let’s not be planning any parades yet!


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Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 11, 2018 at 2:25 pm

Wilma,

a) you don't have to walk to the bus stop. You could drive to a nearby parking spot. I know it won't work for everyone, but I'm sure it could work for more people.

b) Given that the bus takes you 40 minutes, I assume you live in Livermore. Perhaps you could take the 580x express bus or ask for more trips for that bus, which does not stop at all.

In any case, the fact that the bus takes 40 minutes is a fixable problem. There are other cities that have faster buses with smart investments.


6 people like this
Posted by LL
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2018 at 2:43 pm

It's about time someone takes action. I'm actually impressed with Baker and Haggerty. It's great to have leaders who get things done!


1 person likes this
Posted by Silverfox
a resident of Castlewood
on Oct 11, 2018 at 7:29 pm

Silverfox is a registered user.

When can we expect the parking garage for ACE rather than have the overflow on the residential streets.


6 people like this
Posted by BE
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Oct 11, 2018 at 8:11 pm

I live right near a bus stop and for me to take it would still add 10-15 min each way onto my commute versus driving to the BART parking lot. When your commute is already 1.5hr+ each way - waiting an extra 15 minutes each way on a bus versus driving to the station seems incremental.


7 people like this
Posted by Poor Planning
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Oct 11, 2018 at 8:55 pm

BART should have built a bigger parking garage when it built the current structure in Dublin (could have added a few more levels). Had BART planned for a bigger garage at that time, the additional spaces would have cost a lot less. They know more and more people are moving to the Tri-Valley area and eastward, so they had no excuse for not fore-seeing this. Very inefficient on their part.


4 people like this
Posted by Barry
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Oct 12, 2018 at 7:03 pm

Barry is a registered user.

Another reason to expedite the building of a Livermore BART station.


2 people like this
Posted by Bob
a resident of Kolb Ranch Estates
on Oct 13, 2018 at 1:10 pm

Does the county keep the parking fees that's inevitably going to be charged? Hopefully BART won't get any, they don't deserve a single cent.


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Posted by BART Deliberately obstructs parking or their promise to Livermore.
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 16, 2018 at 9:35 am

Note that they built big apartments ("Instant Slums") on the ground level parking in Dublin.

They gave away the right of way down the middle of the freeway.

They tried to sell off the land for the Livermore Station.

They took Livermore's sales and property taxes for over 40 years, but never intend to build the promised track, or station. And when Livermore suggested parking near the never to be built station, they said it was too close, too convenient!

Why does BART build extensions to areas that voted not to pay, like Santa Clara and Pittsburg,
and not fulfill their promise?

Until they get more and closer trains, they cannot handle the people now.

It appears they are doing everything they can to make it harder to get to BART.

And let's hope the BART housing bill will get changed or overturned.
Cities provide schools, police, and all other services.
It's crazy to let BART decide on housing, to be built instead of parking!


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Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 16, 2018 at 11:50 am

"BART obstructs" has this wrong multiple times, and I reject his calling the BART apartments "slums," but the worst one is
"Why does BART build extensions to areas that voted not to pay, like Santa Clara and Pittsburg, and not fulfill their promise?"

Uh, Contra Costa pays BART taxes, including Pittsburgh, and Santa Clara taxed themselves to extend the line. The Pittsburgh extension was a lower-cost standard-gauge train, like Valley Link is proposed to be now. VTA in fact is building the extension themselves with that funding they raised.


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Posted by Why should Livermore pay again?
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 16, 2018 at 2:18 pm

SJD says that Santa Clara is paying to install the new BART extension.

But Livermore was part of the original BART proposal, not an extension.

BART estimated the cost of the total system, to just the counties that voted to tax themselves,
bought land and right of way, using eminent domaine in places,
and got state and federal funding to help pay for the whole system.
They took that money, but they did not build the track or the planned station to Livermore.
Track was supposed to go down the right of way in the middle of 580- where teh Lexus Lanes are now.

For a while Livermore was a dotted line on their system map,
but now it appears they want Livermore to pay again, because the money disappeared?

They also demanded that Livermore rezone, and build more apartments near the imaginary BART,
and even tho Livermore promised to do that (in the airport's area where building is excluded for safety and noise)
BART reneged on their word, as usual.

If their lips are moving...

No other city on the original BART has been asked to do these things, and no other city has been told the money is no longer there.

The Legislature established a committee to extend BART, to interconnect with ACE,
and they will take the taxes BART up to now was taking.
They gave BART a year deadline to do something, and BART just let it whistle by.

BART originally promised a seat for every passenger, the cars were built without straps to hang on,
and free parking for all.

Then there's the much needed new parking garage in Dublin that BART refused to build,
even when $20 Million was found from elsewhere to help pay for it.,
so Alameda County will be building it, on land they own. Doing BART's job while thumbing their nose?

What's wrong with BART,
and why would anyone trust them to build more apartments?


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Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 16, 2018 at 6:32 pm

Nonsense.

"SJD says that Santa Clara is paying to install the new BART extension."

Because they are.

"But Livermore was part of the original BART proposal, not an extension."
Yeah, so was Geary Boulevard in downtown SF, which has roughly 8x the population density and many multiples the potential ridership. So was Antioch, which only got BART this year.

"Track was supposed to go down the right of way in the middle of 580- where the Lexus Lanes are now."
Well, no, that was only decided in 2010 when the Livermore voters voted to constrain where and what BART could build. It was also Livermore-area politicians (Haggerty) that voted for the express lanes.

"because the money disappeared?"
I don't know why people keep saying this. Livermore has paid $400M in taxes over the years to BART. Part of that is covered by just having BART over the hill to Dublin (would you bill Dublin the whole cost of the extension over the grade? Of course no). At least $115M was returned from BART to the new Livermore area rail authority.

"They also demanded that Livermore rezone, and build more apartments near the imaginary BART, and even tho Livermore promised to do that (in the airport's area where building is excluded for safety and noise) BART reneged on their word, as usual."
Again, Livermore forced BART to extend to that location. The Isabel plan was bad and would not have driven significant ridership off-peak, which is what BART cares about. It was a weak plan. It would have cost $100,000 per added weekday rider, which is quite frankly an absurd cost. That cost was driven both by Livermore's restrictions and BART's technology.

"No other city on the original BART has been asked to do these things"
Uh, also nope, they're all being pushed to rezone. Pittsburgh and Antioch rezoned as condition of their extension.

"They gave BART a year deadline to do something, and BART just let it whistle by."
BART had a huge meeting where they decided to default to that position. There were multiple articles about it in the news. If you consider that "whistling by" then I don't know what to tell you.

"BART originally promised a seat for every passenger, the cars were built without straps to hang on, and free parking for all."
Unsurprisingly, the lack of funding from the state and feds for transit meant that vision was never realized. BART gets better ROI than the roads do from gas taxes, and that's not even considering the cost of how much pollution it takes away which doesn't get priced.

"$20 Million was found from elsewhere to help pay for it.,"
Parking garages have ongoing maintenance costs. $3 per day doesn't cover the cost of resurfacing the asphalt and keeping the structure painted and safe. It also reduces bus ridership and increases traffic around the station. Darn right BART didn't want to waste money on a parking lot.

"What's wrong with BART, and why would anyone trust them to build more apartments?"
Plenty is wrong with BART,

but when Dublin (yeah, that Dublin that "approves all housing") creates a Transit apartments plan in 2003 and then has to be sued just to allow it to complete in 2017, I'd say "you've had your chance to allow reasonable development."


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Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 16, 2018 at 6:33 pm

"But Livermore was part of the original BART proposal, not an extension."

Prove it.


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Posted by You just have to recall that Livermore was included in the original BART
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm

That's why BART had a right to the freeway median.
(That they gave away.)
They kept some and use it to park trains.

That's why BART owns land in Livermore,
(Now a Park and Ride - that BART tried to sell)

If you want to see apartment buildings Stacked and Packed,
5 stories high, with very little land, grass or parking
take a look at these pictures:

Web Link

Or look here to see after a few years:

Web Link:

Or you can look now at where the original surface parking lot was in Dublin.

The land was bought using your tax dollars allocated for transportation, made into much needed parking,
but then the parking was taken away (by BART) , and now hold tenements.
They include too few parking spaces, so the people who live there have to compete with the BART commuters for the few spots on the streets.

This was open space, some part of Camp Parks'


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Posted by Fact-check
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 22, 2018 at 12:55 pm

Thank you Catharine Baker and Scott Haggerty for your efforts! How about taking a seat on the BART Board to bring some common sense!


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Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 25, 2018 at 3:12 pm

Your use of the word tenements to describe much needed housing that also includes pools, BBQs, and well maintained greenspace in the courtyard, and your insinuation that those apartments in New York City are bad for "some reason", tells me all I need to know about you.


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