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 (BARN 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 switching stations, Portola Drive Switching Station, referred herein as "RPO", RPD is an at-grade, outdoor switching station located approximately 40 feet from the southwest side of the Portola Drive and Oh lone; Greenway intersection in the City of El Cerrito, CA 94530. RPD is located approximately halfway between the El Cerrito Del Norte BART Station and the El Cerrito Plaza BART Station. The project site is situated 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 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


El Cerrito
Contra Costa
Cross Streets
South side of the Portola Drive and Ohlone 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 project fits into the context of the exemption language and no other significant effects on the environment will re.emit due to unusual circumstances. Statutory exemptions from CEQA arc 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 ection 21080(b)(l0) of the California Public Resources Code (also included in the CEQA Guidelines Article t R 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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