Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement: Fresno to Bakersfield

The Draft EIR/EIS for the Fresno to Bakersfield section was released for public review in August 2011. In response to stakeholder, agency, and public feedback on the HST alignment alternatives, the Authority announced in fall 2011 that it would revise the Draft EIR/EIS to include additional route and station options. The Revised Draft EIR/Supplemental Draft EIS includes new alignment alternatives and station locations west of Hanford, an additional alternative through Bakersfield, and refinements to the existing Fresno to Bakersfield alternative alignments. The Revised report can be accessed here.

Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement: Fresno to Bakersfield

The following documents are available in Adobe Acrobat PDF (https://get.adobe.com/reader/) Format, which is available for download.

You may also request a CD-ROM of the Fresno to Bakersfield Revised Draft EIR/EIS by calling (916) 324-1541

Educational Materials
Volume I: Report
Volume II: Technical Appendices
Volume III: Alignments and Other Plans
Technical Reports
Check Point A
Check Point B
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, Public and Agency Involvement contains summaries of coordination and outreach activities, with agencies and the general public.

Chapter 8.0, EIR/EIS Distribution identifies individuals and organizations informed of the availability of the Revised Draft EIR/Supplemental Draft EIS.

Chapter 9.0, List of Preparers provides the names and responsibilities of the authors of the Revised Draft EIR/Supplemental Draft EIS.

Chapter 10.0, References/Sources Used in Document Preparation cites the references and contacts used in writing this document.

Chapter 11.0, Glossary of Terms provides a definition of certain terms used in the Revised Draft EIR/Supplemental Draft EIS.

Chapter 12.0, Index provides a tool to cross-reference major topics used in the Revised Draft EIR/Supplemental Draft EIS.

Chapter 13.0, 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