On May 24, 2018, the BART Board of Directors considered the BART to Livermore Extension Project. There was a strong showing of support for BART to Livermore at the meeting with about three quarters of the 54 speakers supporting an extension of conventional BART to Livermore. Many Livermore residents and business groups attended the meeting and supported BART to Livermore. Despite overwhelming support for an extension of conventional BART to Isabel, the BART Board of Directors elected to certify the project’s environmental impact report but failed to agree on a project alternative to advance. A conventional BART extension to Livermore failed by a 4-5 vote of the BART Board. The Express bus/BRT alternative also failed to get a majority vote. The Board directed BART staff not to return at a future meeting with a recommended project for approval, but rather let the newly formed Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority conduct further transit planning in the Livermore area.
On May 14, 2018 the City Council approved the Isabel Neighborhood Specific Plan contingent on the BART Board of Directors approving an extension of conventional BART to Isabel. Since BART rejected the Livermore Extension, the Isabel Neighborhood Plan will not go into effect.