California High-Speed Rail Bakersfield to Palmdale Project Section Draft EIR/EIS

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Summary

SCH Number
2009082062
Lead Agency
California High Speed Rail Authority
Document Title
California High-Speed Rail Bakersfield to Palmdale Project Section Draft EIR/EIS
Document Type
JD - Joint Document
Received
Present Land Use
urban [industrial, commercial, and residential], rural residential, agricultural, and undeveloped
Document Description
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) certified a Statewide Program Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (BIR/EIS) (Tier 1) in November 2005 as the first phase of a tiered environmental review process for the proposed California High-Speed Rail (HSR) system planned to provide a reliable, high-speed, electric-powered rail system that links the major metropolitan areas of the state and that delivers predictable and consistent travel times. A further objective is to provide an interface with commercial airports, mass transit, and the highway network and to relieve capacity constraints of the existing transportation system as increases in intercity travel demand in California occur, in a manner sensitive to and protective of California's unique natural resources. Based on the Program EIR/EIS, the Authority selected preferred corridors and station locations to advance for additional study. The Authority has prepared a Draft BIR/EIS that further examines the Bakersfield to Palmdale Project Section at the project level (Tier 2), within Kern and Los Angeles counties. The proposed project is construction and operation of a grade-separated, dedicated double-track, electric powered, passenger, steel-wheel-on-steel-rail, high-speed railroad between Bakersfield and Palmdale, including a station in Bakersfield ( approved by the Authority under CEQA in October 2018 and under NEPA in November 2019) and a station in Palmdale. The Bakersfield to Palmdale Project Section is approximately 80 miles in length and traverses valley, mountain, and high desert terrain, as well as urban, rural, and agricultural lands. From the north, this project section begins at the approved Bakersfield Station and travels south and southeast through the Tehachapi Mountains, then descends into the Antelope Valley, where it terminates at the proposed Palmdale Station.

Contact Information

Name
Mark A. McLoughlin
Agency Name
California High-Speed Rail Authority
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Name
Agency Name
California High-Speed Rail Authority
Contact Types
Project Applicant

Location

Cities
Bakersfield, Mojave, Palmdale, Lancaster, Rosamond, Tehachapi
Counties
Kern, Los Angeles
Total Acres
~80 miles
State Highways
58, 14,204, 178,184,202, 138
Railways
UPRR
Other Location Info
Coordinates: City of Bakersfield 35°23'25.90"N and 119° 0'58.97"W City of Palmsdale 34°33'47.8" N, -118°6'55.4"W Waterways: Kem River, Eul Side Canal, Celienle, Clear, Tweedy, Tehachapi, Amargosa, and Oak Creeks, Los Angeles Aqueduct Airports: Tehachapi Municipal, Pontius Airport, Palmdale Regional

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Types
Transportation (High-Speed Rail)
Local Actions
Public Works
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Fiscal Impacts, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, EMI/EMF
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways, California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Victorville Region 6 (RWQCB), California Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Corrections, Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Department of General Services (DGS), Office of Historic Preservation, San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance, Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Department of Transportation, District 9 (DOT), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
Reviewing Agency Comments
Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Department of Transportation, District 9 (DOT), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)

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