Measure RR Program Traction Power System Improvements Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)
Document Title
Measure RR Program Traction Power System Improvements Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
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, Pleasant Hill Traction Power Substation, referred herein as "CPH". The CPH traction power substation is located along Coggin Drive at the east end of the Pleasant Hill BART Station (1365 Treat Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94597), below the BART aerial track guideways. 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 see Attachment A for additional information. See NOE for Full Details.

Contact Information

Steve Sims
Agency Name
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Steve Sims
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Walnut Creek
Contra Costa
Cross Streets
East end of Pleasant Hill BART Station ( 1365 Treat Blvd)
Parcel #

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
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 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. Please see Attachment A for additional information.


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