Measure RR Program Traction Power System Improvements Project

Summary

SCH Number
2020090319
Lead Agency
Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Document Title
Measure RR Program Traction Power System Improvements Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
9/16/2020
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, Orinda Traction Power Substation, referred herein as "COR". The COR traction power substation is located in a vacant vegetated area at the south end of the Orinda BART Station parking lot (11 Camino Pablo, Orinda, CA 94563). The project will require facility upgrades, procurement and installation of replacement equipment for the existing traction power substation and switching station which currently supplies power for BART operations. Please sec Attachment A for additional information. See NOE for Full Details

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

Phone : (510) 464-6417

Location

Cities
Orinda
Counties
Contra Costa
Cross Streets
11 Camino Pablo, Orinda

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 the California Legislature, and apply regardless of the environmental impacts of the project for state policy reasons. A statutory exemption is provided under Section 21080(b)(10) of the California Public Resources Code (also included 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. Please see Attachment A for additional information.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2020090319_BART TP-011 CEQA NOE - COR   PDF 5868 K

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