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Once completed, the California HST system will provide intercity, high-speed passenger rail service on more than 800 miles of tracks throughout California, connecting the major population centers of Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley, Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, Orange County, and San Diego. It will use state-of-the-art,
This project-level EIS tiers off of the Statewide Program EIS published in 2005 and the Bay area to Central Valley Program EIS published in 2008 and builds on the earlier decisions and Program EISs. The Fresno to Bakersfield Section is comprised of a 114-mile dedicated, double-track high-speed passenger rail corridor between Fresno and Bakersfield, CA. The Project includes stations in downtown Fresno and Bakersfield, and a possible Kings/Tulare Regional Station in the vicinity of Hanford, CA. A heavy maintenance facility for assembly, testing, and commissioning of trains, train inspection and service, and train overhaul may be construction in the Fresno to Bakersfield Section.
In August 2011, FRA issued a Draft EIS and circulated the document for a 60-day public and agency review and comment period. The Draft EIS analyzed a no action alternative and various action alternatives for the construction and operation of the California HST Project Fresno to Bakersfield Section including alignment alternatives and station locations. FRA and Authority held three public hearings on the Draft EIS held in Fresno, Hanford, and Bakersfield on September 20, September 21, and September 22, 2011 respectively to collect public comments.
Based on substantive comments received during the public and agency review of the Draft EIS, the Authority and FRA decided to reintroduce alignment alternatives west of Hanford. In response to concerns raised by stakeholders in metropolitan Bakersfield, FRA and the Authority also decided to evaluate another alternative in Bakersfield (Bakersfield Hybrid Alternative) in an effort to minimize impacts to residential and community facilities. The FRA and Authority determined that the introduction of these new alternatives and refinements being considered for existing Fresno to Bakersfield route alternatives required preparation of a Supplemental Draft EIS under NEPA and a Revised Draft EIR under CEQA.
Consistent with the provisions of NEPA Section 102(2)(c) (42 U.S.C. 4321
Copies of the Supplemental Draft EIS are available online at FRA's Web site:
• Fresno County Public Library, Central Branch, Central Reference Department, 2420 Mariposa Street, Fresno, CA;
• Fresno County Public Library, Clovis Regional Library, 1155 Fifth Street, Clovis, CA;
• Fresno County Public Library, Laton Branch, 6313 DeWoody Street, Laton, CA;
• Kern County Library, Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA;
• Kern County Library, Corcoran Branch, 1001 Chittenden Avenue, Corcoran, CA;
• Kern County Library, Delano Branch, 925 10th Avenue, Delano, CA;
• Kern County Library, Shafter Branch, 236 James Street, Shafter, CA;
• Kern County Library, Wasco Branch, 1102 7th Street, Wasco, CA;
• Kings County Library, Hanford Branch (Main Library), 401 N. Douty Street, Hanford, CA;
• Kings County Library, Lemoore Branch, 457 C Street, Lemoore, CA;
• Tulare County Library, Visalia Branch (Main Library), 200 West Oak Avenue, Visalia, CA; and
• Tulare Public Library, 475 North M Street, Tulare, CA.