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Merced to Fresno: Final Environmental Impact Report/Statement (EIR/S)

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) has prepared the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIR/EIS) for the Merced to Fresno section of the High-Speed Train (HST) project. The Final EIR/EIS has been made available to the public and public agencies pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Authority is the project’s lead agency under CEQA. The FRA is the project’s lead agency under NEPA.

The Authority’s Board of Directors certified the Final EIR/EIS under CEQA on May 3, 2012, at the Fresno Convention Center.  The Board also approved the Hybrid Alternative for the north/south alignment of the high-speed train and the Downtown Merced and Downtown Fresno Mariposa Street station locations, adopted CEQA findings of fact and a statement of overriding considerations, and adopted a mitigation monitoring and reporting program.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a Record of Decision (ROD) under NEPA on September 18, 2012. Through the Record of Decision, the FRA approved the Hybrid Alternative and Downtown Merced and Downtown Fresno Mariposa Street station locations, consistent with the Authority’s decision in May.

The Final EIR/EIS for the Merced to Fresno section includes the following:

The following documents are available for review, and a full list of documents associated with the Final EIR/EIS are below. Additional documents supporting this EIR/EIS, and materials from the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement, are available upon request. The Authority encourages written requests submitted via our Public Records Portal.

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