Project Section Environmental Documents

SAN FRANCISCO TO SAN JOSE PROJECT SECTION
DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT/ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

The public review period for the San Francisco to San Jose Project Section Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) closed on September 9, 2020. The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) will consider all comments received on the Draft EIR/EIS and respond to substantive comments on the Draft EIR/EIS in the Final EIR/EIS, scheduled for release in 2021.

The Draft EIR/EIS was originally made available for a minimum 45-day public review beginning on July 10, 2020 and ending on August 24, 2020, pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In response to agency and stakeholder requests and in consideration of limitations caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Authority elected to extend the public review period to September 9, 2020.

On July 23, 2019, Governor Newsom executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) under the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program (known as NEPA Assignment), pursuant to the legal authority under 23 U.S.C. section 327. Under NEPA Assignment, the State of California, acting through the California State Transportation Agency and the Authority, has assumed FRA’s responsibilities under NEPA and other federal environmental laws, as assigned by FRA under the MOU. These responsibilities that California will now carry out, pursuant to 23 U.S.C. section 327 and the MOU, include environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project. The Authority is therefore both the CEQA and NEPA lead agency.

The Preferred Alternative in the Draft EIR/EIS is Alternative A, a predominantly two-track blended system with no additional passing tracks that includes service at one future station (Salesforce Transit Center, which would serve as an HSR station when the Transbay Joint Powers Authority completes its Downtown Extension Project), three existing Caltrain stations to be shared by HSR and Caltrain (4th and King Street [an interim station only], Millbrae, and San Jose Diridon), and the East Brisbane LMF. As part of ongoing design optimization, a design variant has been identified to optimize speeds for the San Jose Diridon Station and approaches in Alternative A. The Authority will consider whether to formally adopt Alternative A (with or without the San Jose Diridon Station design variant) as they prepare and certify the Final EIR/EIS.

Copies of the Draft EIR/EIS

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In addition to posting the electronic version of the Draft EIR/EIS on this website, printed and/or electronic copies of the Draft EIR/EIS and electronic copies of associated technical reports have been made available for review at the following locations during hours the facilities are open (open days/hours may be reduced for compliance with coronavirus public health and safety directives):

  • San Francisco—100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (San Francisco Library, Main Branch)
  • Brisbane—250 Visitacion Avenue, Brisbane, CA 94005 (Brisbane Library)
  • South San Francisco—840 W. Orange Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (South San Francisco Library)
  • San Bruno—701 Angus Avenue West, San Bruno, CA 94066 (San Bruno Library)
  • Millbrae—1 Library Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030 (Millbrae Library)
  • Burlingame—480 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA 94010 (Burlingame Library)
  • San Mateo—55 W. Third Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94402 (San Mateo Library, Main Branch)
  • Belmont—1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, CA 94002 (Belmont Library)
  • San Carlos—610 Elm Street, San Carlos, CA 94070 (San Carlos Library)
  • Redwood City—1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA 94063 (Redwood City Library, Downtown Branch)
  • Atherton—150 Watkins Avenue, Atherton, CA 94027 (Town Government Building)
  • Menlo Park—800 Alma Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025 (Menlo Park Library)
  • Palo Alto—270 Forest Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (Palo Alto Library, Downtown Branch)
  • Mountain View—585 Franklin Street, Mountain View, CA 94041 (Mountain View Library)
  • Sunnyvale—665 W. Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 (Sunnyvale Library)
  • Santa Clara—2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051 (Central Park Branch, Santa Clara County Library)
  • San Jose—150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95112 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library)

Printed and/or electronic copies of the Draft EIR/EIS and electronic copies of associated technical reports are also available for review during business hours at the Authority’s Northern California Regional Office at 100 Paseo de San Antonio, Suite 300, San Jose, CA 95113 and the Authority’s Headquarters at 770 L Street, Suite 620 MS-1, Sacramento, CA 95814. You may also request a copy of the Draft EIR/EIS, and the other documents listed in this webpage, by calling (800) 435-8670.

Copies of the Tier 1 documents are available on request by calling the Authority office at (800) 435-8670. The Tier 1 documents may also be reviewed at the Authority’s offices during business hours at: 770 L Street, Suite 620 MS-1, Sacramento, CA 95814 and 100 Paseo de San Antonio, Suite 300, San Jose, CA 95113.

Authority offices may have reduced open days/hours, as required by coronavirus public health and safety directives. Please consult www.hsr.ca.gov for up-to-date information. You may also request a copy of the Draft EIR/EIS, and the other documents listed in this webpage, by calling (800) 435-8670.

The Authority does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to provide equal access to its programs, services, and activities.

Document Organization

The purpose of environmental documents is to disclose information to decision makers and the public. While the science and analysis that support this Draft EIR/EIS are 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 Summary, available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Tagalog, provides an overview of the substantive chapters. It includes a table listing the potential environmental impacts for each environmental resource topic and directs the reader to where additional information can be found elsewhere in the document.

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Document Organization

The San Francisco to San Jose Project Section Draft EIR/EIS consists of the following:

  • Volume 1—Report
  • Volume 2—Technical Appendices
  • Volume 3—Preliminary Engineering for Project Definition

Volume 2: Technical Appendices

Volume 3: Preliminary Engineering for Project Definition

Volume 3 consists of the Preliminary Engineering for Project Definition (PEPD) plans, which include drawings of track, structures, grade separations, utilities, stations, etc. The PEPD is organized into eight volumes, which are provided below.

Technical Reports

The San Francisco to San Jose Project Section Technical Reports provide additional technical details and serve as sources for the Draft EIR/EIS analysis. Electronic versions of the associated technical reports have been made available at the following locations and are available for review during hours the facilities are open (open days/hours may be reduced for compliance with coronavirus public health and safety directives):

  • San Francisco—100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (San Francisco Library, Main Branch)
  • Brisbane—250 Visitacion Avenue, Brisbane, CA 94005 (Brisbane Library)
  • South San Francisco—840 W. Orange Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (South San Francisco Library)
  • San Bruno—701 Angus Avenue West, San Bruno, CA 94066 (San Bruno Library)
  • Millbrae—1 Library Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030 (Millbrae Library)
  • Burlingame—480 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA 94010 (Burlingame Library)
  • San Mateo—55 W. Third Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94402 (San Mateo Library, Main Branch)
  • Belmont—1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, CA 94002 (Belmont Library)
  • San Carlos—610 Elm Street, San Carlos, CA 94070 (San Carlos Library)
  • Redwood City—1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA 94063 (Redwood City Library, Downtown Branch)
  • Atherton— 150 Watkins Avenue, Atherton, CA 94027 (Town Government Building)
  • Menlo Park—800 Alma Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025 (Menlo Park Library)
  • Palo Alto—270 Forest Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (Palo Alto Library, Downtown Branch)
  • Mountain View—585 Franklin Street, Mountain View, CA 94041 (Mountain View Library)
  • Sunnyvale—665 W. Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 (Sunnyvale Library)
  • Santa Clara—2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051 (Central Park Branch, Santa Clara County Library)
  • San Jose—150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95112 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library)

Electronic copies of the associated technical reports are also available for review during business hours at the Authority’s Northern California Regional Office at 100 Paseo de San Antonio, Suite 300, San Jose, CA 95113 and the Authority’s Headquarters at 770 L Street, Suite 620 MS-1, Sacramento, CA 95814. Authority offices may have reduced open days/hours, as required by coronavirus public health and safety directives. Please consult www.hsr.ca.gov for up-to-date information. You may also request a copy of the Draft EIR/EIS, and the other documents listed in this webpage, by calling (800) 435-8670.

Electronic copies of the technical reports are also available upon request by calling the Authority office at (800) 435-8670.

  • Transportation Technical Report
    • Transportation Technical Report Appendix A
    • Transportation Technical Report Appendix B
    • Transportation Technical Report Appendix C
    • Transportation Technical Report Appendix D
    • Transportation Technical Report Appendix E
  • Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases Technical Report
    • Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases Technical Report Appendix A
    • Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases Technical Report Appendix B
    • Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases Technical Report Appendix C
    • Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases Technical Report Appendix D
    • Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases Technical Report Appendix E
    • Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases Technical Report Appendix F
    • Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases Technical Report Appendix G
  • Noise and Vibration Technical Report
    • Noise and Vibration Technical Report Appendix A
    • Noise and Vibration Technical Report Appendix B
    • Noise and Vibration Technical Report Appendix C
  • Biological and Aquatic Resources Technical Report
    • Biological and Aquatic Resources Technical Report Appendix A
    • Biological and Aquatic Resources Technical Report Appendix B
    • Biological and Aquatic Resources Technical Report Appendix C
    • Biological and Aquatic Resources Technical Report Appendix D
    • Biological and Aquatic Resources Technical Report Appendix E
  • Aquatic Resources Delineation Report
    • Aquatic Resources Delineation Report Appendix A
    • Aquatic Resources Delineation Report Appendix B
    • Aquatic Resources Delineation Report Appendix C
    • Aquatic Resources Delineation Report Appendix D
    • Aquatic Resources Delineation Report Appendix E
    • Aquatic Resources Delineation Report Appendix F
    • Aquatic Resources Delineation Report Appendix G
    • Aquatic Resources Delineation Report Appendix H
    • Aquatic Resources Delineation Report Appendix I
  • Watershed and Wetland Condition Evaluation Report (CRAM/WER)
    • Watershed and Wetland Condition Evaluation Report Appendix A
    • Watershed and Wetland Condition Evaluation Report Appendix B
    • Watershed and Wetland Condition Evaluation Report Appendix C
    • Watershed and Wetland Condition Evaluation Report Appendix D
    • Watershed and Wetland Condition Evaluation Report Appendix E
  • Preliminary Compensatory Mitigation Plan
    • Preliminary Compensatory Mitigation Plan Appendix A
    • Preliminary Compensatory Mitigation Plan Appendix B
    • Preliminary Compensatory Mitigation Plan Appendix C
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Technical Report
    • Hydrology and Water Resources Technical Report Appendix A
    • Hydrology and Water Resources Technical Report Appendix B
    • Hydrology and Water Resources Technical Report Appendix C
    • Hydrology and Water Resources Technical Report Appendix D
  • Geology, Soils, and Seismicity Technical Report
  • Paleontological Resources Technical Report
    • Paleontological Resources Technical Report Appendix A
    • Paleontological Resources Technical Report Appendix B (partially redacted)
    • Paleontological Resources Technical Report Appendix C
  • Hazardous Materials and Wastes Technical Report
    • Hazardous Materials and Wastes Technical Report Appendix A
    • Hazardous Materials and Wastes Technical Report Appendix B – E1
    • Hazardous Materials and Wastes Technical Report Appendix F
  • Community Impact Assessment
    • Community Impact Assessment Appendix A
    • Community Impact Assessment Appendix B
    • Community Impact Assessment Appendix C
    • Community Impact Assessment Appendix D
    • Community Impact Assessment Appendix E
  • Draft Relocation Impact Report
    • Draft Relocation Impact Report Appendix A
  • Aesthetics and Visual Quality Technical Report
    • Aesthetics and Visual Quality Technical Report Appendix A
    • Aesthetics and Visual Quality Technical Report Appendix B
  • Historic Architectural Survey Report
    • Historic Architectural Survey Report Appendix A
    • Historic Architectural Survey Report Appendix B
    • Historic Architectural Survey Report Appendix C
    • Historic Architectural Survey Report Appendices D–F1
  • Environmental Justice Engagement Summary Report
    • Environmental Justice Engagement Summary Report Appendix A
    • Environmental Justice Engagement Summary Report Appendix B
    • Environmental Justice Engagement Summary Report Appendix C
  • Checkpoint

1 This content is not available at libraries and Authority offices as cited. If you have any questions about material availability relating to the Draft EIR/EIS please email san.francisco_san.jose@hsr.ca.gov with the subject line “Draft EIR/EIS Comment” or call (800) 435-8670.

Brief Explanation of Each Chapter

Volume 1 – Report

Chapter 1, Project Purpose, Need, and Objectives, explains the Authority’s Purpose and Need for the San Francisco to San Jose Project Section and provides a history of the planning process.

Chapter 2, Alternatives, describes the proposed project alternatives, 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, Affected Environment, Environmental Consequences, and Mitigation Measures, is where the reader can find information about the existing transportation, environmental, and social conditions in the vicinity of the Project Section. This chapter provides the findings of the analysis of potential environmental impacts, along with methods to reduce these impacts (called mitigation measures).

Chapter 4, Section 4(f)/6(f) Evaluation, provides the analysis to support the Authority’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, Environmental Justice, discusses whether the project alternatives may cause disproportionate impacts on low-income and minority communities. It also identifies mitigation to reduce those impacts where appropriate.

Chapter 6, Project Costs and Operations, summarizes the estimated capital and operations and maintenance costs for each project alternative evaluated in this Draft EIR/EIS.

Chapter 7, Other CEQA/NEPA Considerations, summarizes the project alternatives, the significant and unavoidable environmental impacts under CEQA, adverse environmental effects that cannot be avoided under NEPA, and the significant irreversible environmental changes that would occur as a result of the project alternatives or irretrievable commitments of resources or foreclosure of future options.

Chapter 8, Preferred Alternative, describes the Preferred Alternative and the basis for identifying it.

Chapter 9, Public and Agency Involvement, contains summaries of coordination and outreach activities with agencies and the general public during preparation of this Draft EIR/EIS.

Chapter 10, Distribution List, identifies the public agencies, tribes, and organizations that were informed of the availability of, and locations to review, this Draft EIR/EIS.

Chapter 11, List of Preparers, provides the names and responsibilities of the authors of this Draft EIR/EIS.

Chapter 12, References, lists references and contacts cited in writing this Draft EIR/EIS.

Chapter 13, Glossary of Terms, provides definitions of certain terms used in this Draft EIR/EIS.

Chapter 14, Index, provides a tool to cross-reference major topics addressed in this Draft EIR/EIS.

Chapter 15, Acronyms and Abbreviations, defines the acronyms and abbreviations used in this Draft EIR/EIS.

Volume 2 – Technical Appendices

Appendices provide additional details on the project alternatives and the Draft EIR/EIS process. The technical appendices are primarily related to the affected environment and environmental consequences analyses. These appendices are numbered to match their corresponding section in Chapters 2 and 3 of this Draft EIR/EIS (e.g., Appendix 3.7-A is the first appendix for Section 3.7, Biological and Aquatic Resources).

Volume 3 – Preliminary Engineering Plans

These are detailed design drawings, including trackway, stations, structures, roadway crossings, maintenance facilities, and systems.

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