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 facilities, El Cerrito Plaza Traction Power Substation, referred herein as "RCP". RCP is an at-grade, outdoor facility located northwest of the El Cerrito Plaza BART Station (6699 Fairmount Avenue. El Cerrito, CA 94530) near the intersection of Oak Street and Ohlone Greenway, below the aerial BART trackway. The project site is situated adjacent to the west of the Ohlone Greenway, a 4.5-mile pedestrian and bicycle path in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The project will require facility upgrades, procurement, and installation of replacement equipment for the existing traction power switching station which currently supplies power for BART rail operations. Please sec Attachment A for additional information. See NOE for Full Details.

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

Phone : (510) 464-6417

Steve Sims
Project Applicant


El Cerrito
Contra Costa
Cross Streets
Oak Street and Ohlonc Greenway intersection

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 projects 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 arc granted by legislature. A statutory exemption from CEQA is provided under Section 21050(b )(10) of the California Public Resources Code (also found in the CEQA Guidelines Article i 8 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.


Notice of Exemption
2020090324_BART TP-011 CEQA NOE - RCP   PDF 6371 K

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