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 Merced to Fresno 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
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 Merced to Fresno section alternative
evaluated in the Project EIR/EIS, including funding and financial risk.
Chapter 6.0, CEQA/NEPA Decision Process and Other
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
Chapter 7.0, Preferred Alternative and Stations, identifies the preferred HST alternative for the Merced to Fresno section.
Chapter 8.0, Public and Agency Involvement, contains summaries of coordination and
outreach activities, with agencies and the general public.
Chapter 9.0, EIR/EIS Distribution identifies individuals and organizations
informed of the availability of the Final EIR/EIS.
Chapter 10.0, List of Preparers provides the names and responsibilities of
the authors of the Final EIR/EIS.
Chapter 11.0, References/Sources Used in Document Preparation, cites the references and contacts used in
writing this document.
Chapter 12.0, Glossary of Terms, provides a definition of certain terms used in
the Final EIR/EIS.
Chapter 13.0, Index, provides a tool to cross-reference major topics used in the Final
Chapter 14.0, Acronyms and Abbreviations, defines the acronyms and abbreviations used in
Volume II – Technical Appendices
provide additional technical information that supports the analysis and
conclusions in Volume I of the Final EIR/EIS.
Volume III – Alignment Plans
These are the
engineering plans that detail the routes of the three alternatives: UPRR/SR 99
Alternative, BNSF Alternative, and Hybrid Alternative. Volume III also includes
the station plans.
Volume IV – Comments on the Draft EIR/EIS and Responses
Volume IV includes all
comments received on the Draft EIR/EIS and the responses to those comments.
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
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.
FRA issued a Record of Decision 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
The Final EIR/EIS for the Merced to Fresno section includes the following:• Volume I - Report• Volume II - Technical Appendices• Volume III - Alignment Plans• Volume IV - Comments on the Draft EIR/EIS and Responses to CommentsThe purpose of environmental documents is to disclose information to decision makers and the public. While the science and analysis that supports this Final 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. Where this cannot be avoided, the terms and acronyms are defined the first time they are used, and a list of acronyms and abbreviations is provided in Chapter 14 of this document.
For a reader with only a short time to devote to this document, the Highlights is the place to start. For more detail than the Highlights, the Executive Summary is also available. The 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. We have also provided a brief explanation of each chapter (see left) in the Final EIR/EIS.
To view the Merced to Fresno Draft EIR/EIS, CLICK HERE.Questions? Contact the Merced to Fresno team.
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and it will open up automatically. Note: many of these files are very
large and could take up to several minutes to download.In
addition to posting of the electronic version of the Final EIR/EIS on
this website, printed copies are provided at main or branch public
libraries, community centers, and churches in the following cities:
Fresno, Madera, Chowchilla, Merced, Le Grand, Los Banos, Atwater, and at
the California High-Speed Rail Authority office in Sacramento. You may
also request a CD-ROM of the Merced to Fresno Final EIR/EIS by calling
Checkpoint A is available with the Merced to Fresno Draft EIR/EIS. To access Checkpoint A, please CLICK HERE.
Checkpoint B is available with the Merced to Fresno Draft EIR/EIS. To access Checkpoint B, please CLICK HERE.
A printed and/or electronic version of the document is located at the following locations.
Fresno County Public Library,
2420 Mariposa Street, Fresno,
Gillis Branch Library
629 W. Dakota Ave, Fresno, CA
Madera County Library
121 North G Street, Madera,
Chowchilla Branch Library
300 Kings Avenue,
Chowchilla, CA 93610
755 West 15th
Street, Merced, CA 95340
Merced County Library
2100 O Street, Merced,
Galilee Missionary Baptist
22491 Fairmead Blvd.,
Chowchilla, CA 93610
Le Grand Branch Library
12949 Le Grand Road, Le
Grand, CA 95333
Lao Family Community
855 W 15th Street, Merced,
Madera Ranchos Branch
37167 Avenue 12, Suite 4C,
Madera CA 95636
Merced County Los Banos
1312 South Seventh Street,
Los Banos, CA 93635
Atwater Branch Library
1600 Third Street, Atwater,
California High-Speed Rail
770 L Street, Suite 800,
Sacramento, CA 95814