Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Statement: Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have prepared this Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS) to supplement the Final EIR/EIS for the Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section of the California High-Speed Rail Project Final EIR/EIS. When the Final EIR/EIS was certified in May 2014, and a "Preferred Alternative" identified, the Authority elected to defer an alignment decision in the Bakersfield area, whereas the FRA approved the Preferred Alternative in its entirety. This Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS identifies a new alternative for the Fresno to Bakersfield project section. The Fresno to Bakersfield Locally Generated Alternative (F-B LGA) provides an alternative alignment for a 13-mile segment of the Fresno to Bakersfield Project 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. A maintenance of infrastructure facility (MOIF) would be located along the F-B LGA in northern Shafter between Poplar Avenue and Fresno Avenue.

Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS: Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section

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In addition to posting the electronic version of the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS on this website, printed copies are provided at the following public libraries: Kern County Library, Beale Memorial Library (701 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA); Kern County Library, Shafter Branch (236 James Street, Shafter, CA); Kern County Library Baker Branch (1400 Baker Street, Bakersfield, CA); and Kern County Library, Rathbun Branch (200 West China Grade Loop, Bakersfield, CA).

Printed copies of the Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS and the associated technical reports are also available for review during business hours at the Authority’s offices at 770 L Street, Suite 620 MS-1, Sacramento, CA, and 1111 H Street, Fresno, CA. You may also request a CD-ROM of the Draft Supplemental EIS/EIS by calling (888) 481-2772.

This document is a draft combined Supplemental EIR/EIS to the 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 Final EIR/EIS. The Final EIR/EIS can be accessed on the Final EIR/EIS: Fresno to Bakersfield page.

Document Organization

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

  • Volume I - Report
  • Volume II - Technical Appendices
  • Volume III - Alignment Plans

The purpose of environmental documents is to disclose information to decision makers and the public. While the science and analysis that supports this Draft Supplemental 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. The terms and acronyms are defined the first time they are used and a list of acronyms and abbreviations is provided in Chapter 15 of this document.

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.

Education Materials
Volume I: Report
Volume II: Technical Appendices
Volume III: Alignment Plans
Technical Reports
Check Point A
Check Point B
Check Point C
Brief Explanation of Each Volume and Chapter

Volume I – Report

Chapter 1.0, Project Purpose, Need, and Objectives, explains why the the project is proposed and provides a history of the planning process that lead to the development of the F-B LGA.

Chapter 2.0, F-B LGA Description, describes the California HSR Project Background, Fresno to Bakersfield Section Final EIR/EIS Background, and development of the F-B LGA and F-B LGA F Street Station. This chapter explains that the F-B LGA will be compared to the May 2014 Project that was evaluated in the certified Fresno to Bakersfield Section Final EIR/EIS. The F-B LGA and its design options are described in Chapter 2 with visual representations (illustrations and maps) for the reader. Chapter 2 also describes modifications of Caltrans/State Facilities; travel demand and ridership forecasts; operations and service plans; additional HSR development considerations; construction plan and phased implementation strategies; and permits and approvals.

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 F-B LGA. This chapter provides the findings of the analysis of potential environmental impacts, along with methods to reduce the significance of the impacts (called mitigation measures).

Chapter 4.0, Section 4(f/Section 6(f) Evaluation, provides the analysis to support FRA's determinations under Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 and Section 6(f) of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act.

Chapter 5.0, Environmental Justice, summarizes how the Authority and FRA to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law, are achieving environmental justice by identifying and addressing, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental impacts on minority and low-income populations.

Chapter 6.0, Cost and Operations, summarizes the estimated capital, operations, and maintenance cost for the F-B LGA evaluated in the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS, including funding and financial risk.

Chapter 7.0, Other CEQA/NEPA Considerations, summarizes the F-B LGA's significant adverse environmental effects of the F-B LGA, the significant adverse environmental effects that cannot be avoided if the F-B LGA is implemented, and the significant irreversible environmental changes that would occur as a result of F-B LGA implementation or irretrievable commitments of resources or foreclosure of future options.

Chapter 8.0, Comparison of Alternatives and Identification of the Preferred Alternatives, identifies the Authority's and FRA's Preferred Alternative for the segment of the Fresno to Bakersfield Section just north of Poplar Avenue in the City of Shafter and Oswell Street in the City of Bakersfield. This chapter provides the comparative data (between the May 2014 Project and the F-B LGA) related to the Authority's and FRA's Preferred Alternative.

Chapter 9.0, Public and Agency Involvement, contains summaries of coordination and outreach activities with agencies and the general public.

Chapter 10.0, Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS Distribution, identifies the individuals and organizations informed about the availability of this Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS.

Chapter 11.0, List of Preparers, provides the names and responsibilities of the authors of this Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS.

Chapter 12.0, References/Sources Used in Document Preparation, cites the references and contacts used in writing this Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS.

Chapter 13.0, Glossary of Terms, provides a definition of certain terms used in this Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS.

Chapter 14.0, Index, provides a tool to cross-reference major topics used in this Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS.

Chapter 15.0, Acronyms and Abbreviations, defines the acronyms and abbreviations used in this Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS.

Volume II - Technical Appendices

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

Volume III - Alignment Plans

These are the engineering plans that detail the F-B LGA. Volume III also includes the station plans.