Installation of a new passenger platform at the Merced train station to support Amtrak's San Joaquin Corridor operations

Summary

SCH Number
2017058321
Lead Agency
Caltrans, Planning (California Department of Transportation, Headquarters)
Document Title
Installation of a new passenger platform at the Merced train station to support Amtrak's San Joaquin Corridor operations
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
5/16/2017

Document Description
The purpose of the proposed project is to provide better access to passenger trains by installing a new passenger platform with supporting infrastructure at Amtrak's Merced train station in Merced. The new platform will improve on-time performance and reduce train delays, as well as improve air quality by reducing locomotive idling time. The proposed project will improve service and accommodate anticipated growth in intercity passenger rail travel along this corridor.

Contact Information
Dawn Kukla
California Department of Transportation, Headquarters
1120 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (213) 897-3643

Location

Counties
Merced

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
21080b11, 15275
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed new passenger platform and supporting infrastructure will enhance passenger train operations in Merced. This new platform has been determined to qualify for exemption under 21080.b11 and 15275. CEQA doesn't apply to the following mass transit projects: a) the institution or increase of passenger or commuter service on rail lines or high-occupancy vehicle lanes already in use, including the modernization of existing stations and parking facilities. Installation of the new platform clearly qualifies with these exemption criteria and has been determined to not fall under the jurisdiction of CEQA b/c it consists of modernization of an existing passenger train station.
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