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BART Agrees To Study Possible Livermore Extension

OAKLAND, Calif. (CBS SF/AP) - The Bay Area Rapid Transit Agency has agreed to look into the possibility of extending train service about 5 miles to Livermore.

BART's Board of Directors on Thursday unanimously approved moving forward with environmental studies and a ridership plan for the $1.1 billion project.

But they also requested a closer look at express buses and other alternatives to extending BART and asked for information about how the extension could impact maintenance and improvements to the existing train system.

The extension would run from BART's current end point at the Dublin-Pleasanton station down the middle of Interstate 580 to a planned freeway interchange.

KCBS' Bob Melrose Reports:

Supporters say the project would ease traffic congestion and pollution in the area. Critics say BART should focus on maintaining and improving its existing lines.

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