MEASURE RR PROGRAM TRACTION POWER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

Summary

SCH Number
2020060465
Lead Agency
Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Document Title
MEASURE RR PROGRAM TRACTION POWER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
6/22/2020
Project Applicant
Steve Sims

Document Description
The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART] is an electricity-powered commuter transit line. Electrification is provided by "traction power" substations located along the transit line right-of-way. BART proposes improvements to one of its existing traction power substations, Ashby Traction Power Substation, referred herein as "RAS". RAS is an underground facility located at the southwest quadrant of the Ashby Avenue/Adeline Street intersection at the north end of the Ashby BART Station (3100 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703). The project will require facility upgrades, procurement, and installation of replacement equipment for the existing traction power substation which currently supplies power for BART rail operations.

Contact Information
Steve Sims
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
300 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, CA 94607

Phone : (510) 464-6417

Location

Cities
Berkeley
Counties
Alameda

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15275(a)
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed replacement of the traction power substation equipment qualifies for a statutory exemption from CEQA, as the project fits into the context of the exemption language and no other significant effects on the environment will result due to unusual circumstances. Statutory exemptions from CEQA are granted by legislature. A statutory exemption from CEQA Is provided under Section 21080(b){10) of the California Public Resources Code (also found in the CEQA Guidelines Article 18 Section 15275(a)). This statutory exemption applies to mass transit projects that involve the institution or increase of passenger or commuter service on rail lines already in use. This project proposes removing aging train control equipment and upgrading to a new system, which will support increased capacity and higher service frequencies.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2020060465_RAS   PDF 6841 K

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