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PROPOSED PROJECT AND LOCATION
The Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement
(EIR/EIS) considered several alternatives between the cities of Fresno and Bakersfield and ultimately identified a
Preferred Alternative from the Fresno High-Speed Rail Station to the Bakersfield High-Speed Rail Station to Oswell
Street in Bakersfield. The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) Board of Directors (Board) certified the
Fresno to Bakersfield Section Final EIR/EIS in May 2014. The Preferred Alternative identified by the Authority Board
consists of portions of the BNSF Alternative in combination with the Corcoran Bypass, Allensworth Bypass, and
Bakersfield Hybrid alternatives. In Bakersfield, the Preferred Alternative included a station that would be constructed
at the corner of Truxtun and Union Avenues/State Route 204, as well as a maintenance of infrastructure facility
(MOIF) that would be located along the alignment just north of the City of Bakersfield and 7th Standard Road. The
Board only approved a portion of the alignment extending from downtown Fresno to approximately 7th Standard
Road (a point north of Bakersfield). Therefore, the Board did not approve a location for the portion of the alignment
that extended into Bakersfield. The FRA, in August 2014, approved the entire Preferred Alternative from the Fresno
Station to Oswell Street in Bakersfield.
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
The City of Bakersfield filed a lawsuit challenging the Board’s approvals under CEQA. In a Settlement Agreement
reached in December 2014 the City of Bakersfield and the Authority agreed to work together to develop and study
a new alternative for the Bakersfield portion of the project that would be acceptable to the City and meet the
Authority’s design requirements. The Fresno to Bakersfield Locally Generated Alternative (F-B LGA) evolved from this
mutual cooperation and subsequent public input. The Authority has also worked with the City of Shafter to include
in the F-B LGA a new design for the alignment within Shafter. The F-B LGA extends from Poplar Avenue north of
Shafter, continues on retained fill through the City of Shafter, and transitions to elevated structure (viaduct) into the
City of Bakersfield. In Bakersfield, the High-Speed Rail Station associated with the F-B LGA would be located at the
intersection of F Street and State Route 204 (Golden State Avenue).
The Authority and the FRA have prepared a Supplemental EIR/EIS for the F-B Project Section. The Supplemental EIR/
EIS evaluates the environmental and community impacts associated with the F-B LGA and compares the potential
impacts of the F-B LGA to the impacts identified for the corresponding portion of the Preferred Alternative (“May
2014 Project”). For the purposes of the Supplemental EIR/EIS, the “May 2014 Project” consists of the following
portions of the Preferred Alternative: the BNSF Alternative from Poplar Avenue to Hageman Road, and the Bakersfield
Hybrid Alternative from Hageman Road to Oswell Street.
ANTICIPATED IMPACTS
Significant pre-mitigation environmental effects resulting from the F-B LGA are anticipated in the following resource
areas: transportation (project impacts); air quality (construction impacts); noise and vibration (construction and
project impacts); biological resources and wetlands (construction and project impacts); hydrology and water
resources (project impacts); geology, soils, seismicity, and paleontology (construction impacts); hazardous materials
and wastes (construction impacts); safety and security (project impacts); socioeconomics and communities (project
impacts); agricultural lands (project impacts); parks, recreation, and open space (construction and project impacts);
aesthetics and visual resources (construction and project impacts); cultural resources (construction impacts); and
environmental justice (construction and project impacts).
HAZARDOUS WASTE SITES
The F-B LGA and the May 2014 Project would cross several sites on hazardous waste lists enumerated under
Section 65962.5 of the California Government Code. For the F-B LGA, one site that fits the criteria for Section
65962.5(a)(4) was identified. The identified site is included in the 149 sites of potential environmental concern (PEC)
that were reviewed during the baseline conditions assessment for all sites with the potential to negatively affect
the F-B LGA study area. The one site is the 15-acre Brown and Bryant site at 135 Commercial Drive in Shafter (PEC
Site 22), which operated from 1955 to 1989 as a manufacturing, blending, and packaging/re-packaging facility for
pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fumigants, defoliants, and fertilizers. This site is currently an open remediation
case with oversight by Department of Toxic Substances Control. Of the two PEC sites identified for the May 2014
Project, neither fit the criteria for Section 65962.5(a)(4).
PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD
The Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS is being made available to the public fora
60-day review and comment period in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). During the 60-day comment period, written comments may be submitted
in the following ways:
• Via mail to “Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS Comment,”
770 L Street, Suite 620 MS-1, Sacramento, CA 95814;
• Through the Authority’s website (www.hsr.ca.gov); or
• Via e-mail to Fresno_Bakersfield@hsr.ca.gov with the subject line “Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section Draft
Supplemental EIR/EIS Comment.”
The comment period is from November 9, 2017 to January 8, 2018. Comments must be received electronically, or
postmarked, on or before January 8, 2018.
The information in the Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS and the comments received
will be taken into account by the Authority and FRA when they consider whether to approve the May 2014 Project
or the F-B LGA from south of Poplar Avenue (north of Shafter) to Oswell Street (in Bakersfield). The Authority and
FRA will prepare a Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section Final Supplemental EIR/EIS, which will include responses to
comments received and a description of the preferred alignment and station location option.
PUBLIC HEARING
The Authority and FRA invite you to attend the public hearing that has been scheduled on December 19, 2017 to
receive public and public agency comments on the Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section Draft Supplemental EIR/
EIS. The hearing is scheduled from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Bakersfield Marriott Hotel, 801 Truxtun Avenue,
Bakersfield, California. The public hearing will provide an opportunity for members of the public to formally submit
an oral comment on the Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS. Written comments also
may be submitted at the hearing. Interpretes al español estarán en la reunión. The meeting facility is accessible for
persons with disabilities. All requests for reasonable accommodations and/or language services must be submitted
72 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting date. Please contact the public outreach team at 888-481-2772 or
call the California Relay Service at 711. All public hearings will be wheelchair accessible. Please check the Authority
website (www.hsr.ca.gov), for more information, including up-to-date information on the planned hearing.
COPIES OF THE DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL EIR/EIS
Visit the Authority website (www.hsr.ca.gov) or the FRA website (www.fra.dot.gov) to view and download the Fresno
to Bakersfield Project Section Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS. The Authority website also contains technical reports that
inform the Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS. You may also request a CD-ROM of the
Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS by calling (888) 481-2772. Printed copies of the
Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS have been placed 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 also are 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.
The Authority does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable
accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities.

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