Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report: Fresno to Bakersfield Section

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) has prepared this Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to supplement the 2014 Final EIR/EIS for the Fresno to Bakersfield Section. This Final Supplemental EIR evaluates a new alternative for the Fresno to Bakersfield project. The Fresno to Bakersfield Locally Generated Alternative (F-B LGA) provides an alternative alignment for a 23.13-mile segment of the Fresno to Bakersfield Section between the City of Shafter and the City of Bakersfield. The F-B LGA station would be located at the intersection of State Route (SR) 204 and F Street in Bakersfield. A maintenance of infrastructure facility (MOIF) would be located along the F-B LGA in northern Shafter between Poplar Avenue and Fresno Avenue. The Final Supplemental EIR follows the associated Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS issued for public comment in 2017.

Final Supplemental EIR: Fresno to Bakersfield

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This document is a Final Supplemental EIR to the 2014 Fresno to Bakersfield Section Final EIR/EIS. This document evaluates the potential environmental impacts from a new project alternative. It also compares those alternative-specific environmental impacts with the environmental impacts from the portion of the Preferred Alternative south of Poplar Avenue in the 2014 Fresno to Bakersfield Section Final EIR/EIS (i.e., May 2014 Project). The changes since the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS can be found here. The 2014 Final EIR/EIS can be accessed on Final EIR/EIS: Fresno to Bakersfield page.

Document Organization

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

  • Volume I – Report
    • Changes to the Final Report resulting from Comments on the Draft Report
  • Volume II - Technical Appendices
  • Volume III – Alignment Plans
  • Volume IV - Responses to Comments on Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS

The purpose of environmental documents is to disclose information to decision makers and the public. While the science and analysis that supports this Final Supplemental EIR is complex, this document is intended for the general public. Every attempt has been made to limit technical terms and the use of acronyms. The terms and acronyms are defined the first time they are used and a list of acronyms and abbreviations was provided in the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS.

The 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.

Education Materials
Notices
Volume I: Report
Volume II: Technical Appendices
Volume III: Alignment Plans
Volume IV: Responses to Comments on Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS
Technical Reports
Check Point A
Check Point B
Check Point C
Brief Explanation of Each Volume

Content by Order of Appearance in Document

Volume I – Report

This section provides the approved signature page and supporting documents. This section includes changes that were made to the Final Supplemental EIR resulting from comments received on the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS.

Volume II – Technical Appendices

This section includes the appendices that provide additional technical information that supports the analysis and conclusions in Volume I of the Final Supplemental EIR and Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS. It should be noted that only technical appendices from the Fresno to Bakersfield Section Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS that needed to be updated to be consistent with the F-B LGA were revised and included.

Volume III – Alignment Plans

This section includes the engineering plans that have been updated since the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS and detail the F-B LGA. It should be noted that only plans from the Fresno to Bakersfield Section Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS that needed to be updated to be consistent with the F-B LGA were revised and included.

Volume IV – Responses to Comments on Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS

This section includes comments received on the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS and the responses to these comments.