Soto Street (City of Los Angeles) to Fullerton Junction (City of Fullerton) Positive Train Control (PTC) Project

Summary

SCH Number
2010098049
Lead Agency
Caltrans 3 (Marysville) (California Department of Transportation, District 3)
Document Title
Soto Street (City of Los Angeles) to Fullerton Junction (City of Fullerton) Positive Train Control (PTC) Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
The proposed Project consists of a California Department of Transportation, Division of Rail (Caltrans) supported program to install infrastructure to support a PTC system along the designated alignment. Under existing conditions, train computer systems communicate with the network operating center through an existing telecommunication network. Trains proceed on the track when given authority and at authorized speeds based upon local conditions, including the distance to and speed of other trains, track conditions and railroad maintenance activities. PTC facilities would be installed for the purpose of providing a safety overlay along the tracks designed to reduce the potential for train accidents by preventing track authority and speed limit violations through real-time positive control of the trains. The proposed Project will benefit all parties associated with railroad traffic - crews of both passenger and freight trains, passengers, maintenance workers, as well as automobile and other travelers in the vicinity of the tracks. The proposed Project identifies a portion of a PTC Program that will be installed as funds become available.

Contact Information
Royce Gotcher
California Department of Transportation, Division of Rail
1120 N Street, Rm 3400, MS 74
Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 654-7129

Location

Cities
Los Angeles, City of, Fullerton Los Angeles Fullerton
Counties
Orange Los Angeles
Cross Streets
Soto Street, Fullerton Junction
Railways
BNSF, Pacific Surfliner

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Sec 21084; 15301
Reasons for Exemption
The CEQA Guidelines provide a series of categorical exemptions for projects that have been deemed to have minimal impacts on the environment. The proposed Project consists of the installation of a PTC safety system along the existing tracks located between the City of Los Angeles and City of Fullerton. Categorical Exemption Class 1 exempts safety alterations to existing utility systems. Such as a rail system, that do not expand the capacity of the existing system. The PTC facilities will be installed within the railroad rights-of-way between Soto Street and Fullerton Junction based upon avoiding significant environmental resources that occur along the rail segment. The proposed Project is not forecast to cause any potential for significant adverse environmental impacts and qualifies with the requirements for Class 1 exemption.
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