Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Statement: California HSR Fresno to Bakersfield
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and FRA are circulating for public review the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the Fresno to Bakersfield High-Speed Rail (HSR) Project Section.
The Authority and FRA have prepared this Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS to supplement the Final EIR/EIS for the Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section of the California High-Speed Rail Project. When the Final EIR/EIS was certified by the Authority in May 2014, and a preferred alternative was identified, the Authority elected to defer an alignment decision in the Bakersfield area. However, FRA issued a Record of Decision (ROD) in June 2014, approving the preferred alternative identified in the Final EIR/EIS in its entirety.
This Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS identifies a new alternative: the Fresno to Bakersfield Locally Generated Alternative (F-B LGA) that would provide an alternative alignment for a 23-mile segment of the Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section, between the City of Shafter and the City of Bakersfield. The F-B LGA was developed in collaboration with the City of Bakersfield, the City of Shafter and Kern County, as well as local residents, stakeholders and regulatory agencies.
This limited scope Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS evaluates the potential effects of and compares the following two alternatives: the alternative selected in May 2014 and the F-B LGA. The May 2014 alternative refers to a comparable section of the alignment to the F-B LGA that had been approved in the Final EIR/EIS. The May 2014 alternative includes a station located at the corner of Truxtun Avenue, Union Avenue and State Road 204; and a maintenance of infrastructure facility located along the alignment just north of Bakersfield and 7th Standard Road. The F-B LGA provides an alignment to the east of the May 2014 alternative, between Poplar Avenue, in Shafter, and Oswell Street, in Bakersfield. The F-B LGA includes a station located at the intersection of State Route 204 and F Street, and a maintenance of infrastructure facility located along the F-B LGA alignment in northern Shafter, between Fresno Avenue and Poplar Avenue.
The EPA Notice of Availability for the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS is currently available on the Federal Register.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Surface Transportation Board served as cooperating agencies on this Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS. The Corps is the agency responsible for issuing permits for discharge of dredged or fill material within Waters of the U. S. The Surface Transportation Board is an independent adjudicatory and economic-regulatory agency charged by Congress with resolving railroad rate and service disputes and reviewing proposed railroad mergers.
Public Hearing on the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS will be held:
In Bakersfield on December 19, 2017, from 3 pm to 8 pm at the Bakersfield Marriott Hotel (801 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301)
The official comment period for the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS begins Thursday, November 9, 2017, and ends Tuesday, January 16, 2018. There are several ways to submit comments, including:
- Online via the Authority’s web comment form
- Via email at Fresno_Bakersfield@hsr.ca.gov
- By mail:
- Attn: Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS for the Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section
California High-Speed Rail Authority
770 L Street, Suite 620 MS-1
Sacramento, CA 95814
- Leaving verbal comments on the direct line for the Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section at:
- Submitting public comments at the December 19, 2017, hearing in Bakersfield, CA
Fresno to Bakersfield Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS documents for download:
The following documents are available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format and are downloadable at no cost. (Note: many of these files are very large and could take up to several minutes to download.) Technical appendices that are part of the project record for the Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section are available on the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s website.
|Executive Summary (English)||2,099 KB|
|Executive Summary (Spanish)||2,743 KB|
|Section A - Alignment Plans||24,683 KB|
|Section B - Composite Utility Plans||26,973 KB|
|Section C - HSR Elevated Structures Plans||20,936 KB|
|Section D - Maintenance of Infrastructure Facility Plans, Profiles and Cross Sections||7,854 KB|
|Section E - Roadway and Roadway Structure Plans||34,528 KB|
|Section F - Station Drawings||4,049 KB|
|Section G - Systems Schematic, Traction Power, Train Control and Communications Site and Access Roadway Plans||44,872 KB|