Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement: Fresno to Bakersfield

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) prepared the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIR/EIS) for the Fresno to Bakersfield section of the high-speed rail project. The Final EIR/EIS is being made available to the public and public agencies pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) prior to Authority and FRA decisions at the conclusion of this project level environmental review processes. The Authority is the CEQA lead agency and FRA is the NEPA lead agency.

The Authority’s Board of Directors will hold a two-day board meeting, May 6-7, 2014, to consider whether to certify the Final EIR/EIS under CEQA, which completes the CEQA process, and whether to approve all or a portion of the Fresno to Bakersfield section of the project. Meetings to be held as follows:

May 6, 2014
3:00 p.m.
Staff Presentation and Public Comment on the Final EIR/EIS

May 7, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Staff Presentation, Board Deliberation, and Potential Action

Fresno City Hall
2600 Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93721

Following the Authority Board of Directors’ action on May 7, FRA will consider approving the Fresno to Bakersfield section of the high-speed rail project and issuing a Record of Decision under NEPA. This action is anticipated to occur in May or June 2014.

In addition to posting the electronic version of the Final EIR/EIS on this website, printed copies are provided at libraries and community centers in Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern Counties. A complete listing is available below. You may also request a CD-ROM of the Fresno to Bakersfield Final EIR/EIS by calling (866) 761-7755.

Document Organization

The Final EIR/EIS for the Fresno to Bakersfield section includes the following:

  • Volume I - Report
  • Volume II - Technical Appendices
  • Volume III - Alignment Plans
  • Volume IV - Response to Comments on Draft EIR/EIS
  • Volume V - Response to Comments on Revised Draft EIR/Supplemental Draft EIS
  • Volume VI - Letters Inadvertently Omitted from Volumes IV & V and Errata
  • Staff Response to Comments Raised Orally on May 6, 2014

The purpose of environmental documents is to disclose information to decision makers and the public. While the science and analysis that supports this Final EIR/EIS is complex, this document is intended for the general public. Every attempt has been made to limit technical terms and the use of acronyms. Where this cannot be avoided, the terms and acronyms are defined the first time they are used, and a list of acronyms and abbreviations is provided in Chapter 14 of this document.

For a reader with only a short time to devote to this document, the Highlights is the place to start. For more detail than the Highlights, an executive summary is available. The Executive Summary provides an overview of all of the substantive chapters and includes a table listing the potential environmental impacts for each environmental resource topic and directs the reader where to get details elsewhere in the document. A brief explanation of each chapter is also provided in the Final EIR/EIS.

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Education Materials
Notices
Approval Documents
Past Environmental Document
Volume I: Report
Volume II: Technical Appendices
Volume III: Alignment Plans
Volume IV: Response to Comments on Draft EIR/EIS
Volume V: Response to Comments on Revised Draft EIR/EIS
Volume VI: Letters Inadvertently Omitted from Volumes IV & V and Errata
    (Posted May 2, 2014)
Staff Response to Comments Raised Orally on May 6, 2014
Technical Reports
Checkpoint A
Checkpoint B
Checkpoint C
Repository Locations
    Printed Copies
  • Allensworth: Allensworth Community Center, 8123 Avenue 36, Allensworth, CA
  • Bakersfield: Kern County Library, Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA
  • Corcoran: Kings County Library, Corcoran Branch, 1001-A Chittenden Avenue, Corcoran, CA
  • Fresno: Fresno County Public Library, Central Branch, 2420 Mariposa Street, Fresno, CA
  • Fresno: California High-Speed Rail Authority Regional Central California Office, 2550 Mariposa Mall, Suite 3015, Fresno, CA
  • Hanford: Kings County Library, Hanford Branch (Main Library), 401 N. Douty Street, Hanford, CA
  • Sacramento: California High-Speed Rail Authority, 770 L Street, Suite 800, Sacramento, CA
  • Shafter: Kern County Library, Shafter Branch, 236 James Street, Shafter, CA
  • Tulare: Tulare Public Library, Tulare Branch, 475 N. M Street, Tulare, CA
  • Wasco: Kern County Library, Wasco Branch, 1102 7th Street, Wasco, CA
  • Washington, DC: Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC

  • Electronic Copies and Executive Summary
  • Allensworth: Allensworth Community Services District, 3336 Road 84, Allensworth, CA
  • Armona: Kings County Library, 11115 C Street, Armona, CA
  • Bakersfield: City of Bakersfield Planning Department, 1715 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA
  • Bakersfield: Kern County Library, Baker Branch, 1400 Baker Street, Bakersfield, CA
  • Bakersfield: Kern County Library, Northeast Branch, 3725 Columbus Street, Bakersfield, CA
  • Bakersfield: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 1000 South Owens Street, Bakersfield, CA
  • Bakersfield: Greenacres Community Center, 2014 Calloway Drive, Bakersfield, CA
  • Bakersfield: Community Action Partnership of Kern, 300 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA
  • Bakersfield: Richard Prado East Bakersfield Senior Center, 2101 Ridge Road, Bakersfield, CA
  • Clovis: Fresno County Public Library, Clovis Regional Library, 1155 Fifth Street, Clovis, CA
  • Corcoran: City of Corcoran Planning Department, 832 Whitley Avenue, Corcoran, CA
  • Delano: Kern County Library, Delano Branch, 925 10th Avenue, Delano, CA
  • Fresno: City of Fresno Planning Department, 2220 Tulare Street #6, Fresno, CA
  • Fresno: Fresno County Public Library, Cedar-Clinton, 4150 E. Clinton Street, Fresno, CA
  • Fresno: Fresno County Public Library, Fig Garden, 3071 W. Bullard Avenue, Fresno, CA
  • Fresno: Fresno County Public Library, Mosqueda Center, 4670 E. Butler Avenue, Fresno, CA
  • Fresno: Fresno County Public Library, Sunnyside, 5566 E. Kings Canyon Road, Fresno, CA
  • Fresno: Fresno County Public Library, West Fresno, 188 E. California Avenue, Fresno, CA
  • Fresno: Fresno County Public Library, Woodward Park, 944 E. Perrin Avenue, Fresno, CA
  • Fresno: Fresno County Public Library, Senior Resource Center, 2025 E. Dakota Avenue, Fresno, CA
  • Fresno: Fresno County - Clerk to the Board 2281 Tulare Street #301, Fresno, CA
  • Fresno: Einstein Neighborhood Center, 3566 E. Dakota Avenue, Fresno, CA
  • Fresno: Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries (F.I.R.M.), 1940 N. Fresno Street, Fresno, CA
  • Fresno: Mary Ella Brown Community Center, 1350 E. Annadale Avenue, Fresno, CA
  • Fresno: Lafayette Neighborhood Center, 1516 E. Princeton Avenue, Fresno, CA
  • Fresno: Ted C. Wills Community Center, 770 N. San Pablo Avenue, Fresno, CA
  • Fresno: Dickey Development Center, 1515 E. Divisadero Street, Fresno, CA
  • Fresno: Frank H. Ball Community Center, 760 Mayor Avenue, Fresno, CA
  • Hanford: City of Hanford Planning Department, 317 N. Douty Street, Hanford, CA
  • Hanford: Hanford Adult School, 905 Campus Drive, Hanford, CA
  • Hanford: Kings Community Action Organization, 1130 N. 11th Avenue, Hanford, CA
  • Hanford: Housing Authority of Kings County, 670 S. Irwin Street, Hanford, CA
  • Laton: Fresno County Public Library, Laton Branch, 6313 DeWoody Street, Laton, CA
  • Lemoore: Kings County Library, Lemoore Branch, 457 C Street, Lemoore, CA
  • Pinedale: Fresno County Public Library and Pinedale Community Center, Pinedale, 7170 N. San Pablo Street, Pinedale, CA
  • Sacramento: Sacramento Public Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA
  • Shafter: City of Shafter Planning Department, 336 Pacific Avenue, Shafter, CA
  • Tulare: City of Tulare Planning Department, 411 E. Kern Avenue, Tulare, CA
  • Visalia: City of Visalia Planning Department, 707 W. Acequia Avenue, Visalia, CA
  • Visalia: Tulare County Library, Visalia Branch, 200 West Oak Avenue, Visalia, CA
  • Wasco: City of Wasco Planning Department, 746 8th Street, Wasco, CA
  • Wasco: Wasco Housing Authority, 750 H Street, Wasco, CA
Brief Explanation of Each Chapter

Volume I – Report

Chapter 1.0, Project Purpose, Need, and Objectives explains why the project is proposed and provides a history of the planning process.

Chapter 2.0, Alternatives describes the proposed Fresno to Bakersfield section alternatives and design options, HST station options, and heavy maintenance facility options, as well as the No Project Alternative used for purposes of comparison. It contains illustrations and maps and provides a review of construction activities. These first two chapters help the reader understand what is being analyzed in the remainder of the document.

Chapter 3.0, Affected Environment, Environmental Consequences, and Mitigation Measures is where the reader can find information about the existing transportation, environmental, and social conditions in the area of the proposed project, and the potential for the proposed HSR project alternatives to adversely impact those conditions, along with methods to reduce these impacts (called mitigation measures).

Chapter 4.0, Section 4(f)/Section 6(f) Evaluation summarizes parks, and historic properties in accordance with Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 and Section 6(f) of the Land and Water Conservation Funds Act. It describes avoidance alternatives and measures to minimize harm to these resources.

Chapter 5.0, Project Costs and Operations summarizes the estimated capital and operations and maintenance costs for each Fresno to Bakersfield section alternative evaluated in the Project EIR/EIS, including funding and financial risk.

Chapter 6.0, Other CEQA/NEPA Considerations summarizes the project’s significant adverse environmental effects, including those that cannot be avoided if the project is implemented. It also summarizes the significant irreversible environmental changes that would occur as a result of the project or irretrievable commitments of resources or foreclosure of future options.

Chapter 7.0, Preferred Alternative, identifies the preferred HST alternative for the Fresno to Bakersfield section.

Chapter 8.0, Public and Agency Involvement contains summaries of coordination and outreach activities, with agencies and the general public.

Chapter 9.0, EIR/EIS Distribution identifies individuals and organizations informed of the availability of the Revised Draft EIR/Supplemental Draft EIS.

Chapter 10.0, List of Preparers provides the names and responsibilities of the authors of the Revised Draft EIR/Supplemental Draft EIS.

Chapter 11.0, References/Sources Used in Document Preparation cites the references and contacts used in writing this document.

Chapter 12.0, Glossary of Terms provides a definition of certain terms used in the Revised Draft EIR/Supplemental Draft EIS.

Chapter 13.0, Index provides a tool to cross-reference major topics used in the Revised Draft EIR/Supplemental Draft EIS.

Chapter 14.0, Acronyms and Abbreviations defines the acronyms and abbreviations used in this document.

Volume II – Technical Appendices

These appendices provide additional technical information that supports the analysis and conclusions in Volume I of the Revised Draft EIR/Supplemental Draft EIS.

Volume III – Alignment Plans

These are the engineering plans that detail the routes of the alternatives. Volume III also includes the station plans.

Volume IV – Response to Comments on Draft EIR/EIS

Volume IV includes comments received on the Draft EIR/EIS and the responses to those comments.

Volume V – Response to Comments on Revised Draft EIR/EIS

Volume V includes comments received on the Revised Draft EIR/EIS and the responses to those comments.

Volume VI - Letters Inadvertently Omitted from Volumes IV & V and Errata

Volume VI includes comments on the Draft EIR/EIS and the Revised Draft EIR/EIS and responses to those comments that were inadvertently omitted from Volumes IV and V of the Final EIR/EIS. This Volume also contains the Errata that are herewith corrected in the Final EIR/EIS.

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