Innovative Wireless Charging for Public Transit Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Innovative Wireless Charging for Public Transit Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Innovative Wireless Charging for Public Transit Project (Project) will demonstrate a state-of-the-art electric vehicle (EV) wireless inductive charging system to accelerate the commercial deployment of EV charging for application in the medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sector. Momentum Dynamics Corporation (MD) will deploy 300kW wireless charging infrastructure at 7 strategic locations within the SolanoExpress service operated by Solano Transit Authority (STA). SolanoExpress is a rapid transit service operated by and interconnected with Solano County Transit (SolTrans) and Fairfield and Suisun Transit (FAST). SolanoExpress connects residents and businesses to regional transit partners, such as WETA Ferry, Amtrak, and BART. The Project is essential for STA to transition its existing diesel long-haul coach buses to a zero-emission fleet by addressing the three main challenges that slow the deployment of electric buses and charging infrastructure: range constraints, expensive utility upgrades and upfront cost.

Contact Information

Kate Reid
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Job Title
Air Resources Engineer
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


El Cerrito, Fairfield, Suisun City, Vacaville, Vallejo, Walnut Creek
Contra Costa, Solano
Northern California
Other Location Info
El Cerrito Del Norte Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART): 6400 Cutting Blvd, El Cerrito, CA 94530 Fairfield Transit Center (Fairfield, CA 94533): Bus transit center located off I-80. Commercial buildings and the interstate surround the lot. Suisun-Fairfield Amtrak Station: 177 Main St, Suisun City, CA 94585 Vacaville Transportation Center (Vacaville, CA 95687): Bus transit center near I-80. Commercial buildings and the interstate surround the lot. Vallejo Transit Center (VTC): 311 Sacramento St, Vallejo, CA 94590 Walnut Creek BART: 200 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. York St Regional Bus Facility (Vallejo, CA 94590): Extension of the VTC on York Street, across from the WETA Ferry Terminal. Commercial buildings surround the lot.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs, tit. 14, sections 15301, 15303, & 15304
Reasons for Exemption
The project is categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA pursuant to Class 1, 3, and 4 Categorical Exemptions of the State CEQA Guidelines. Operation and minor alteration of existing facilities and vehicle operations are categorially exempt from the provisions of CEQA under the Class 1 categorical exemption for the operation, repair, maintenance, and/or minor alteration of existing structures, facilities, and/or mechanical equipment involving negligible expansion of existing use (14 CCR § 15301). New Construction and Conversion of Small Structures and Equipment for the EV chargers is exempt from CEQA under the Class 3 Categorical Exemption (14 CCR §15303). Lastly, the project is exempt under the Class 4 for Minor Trenching (14 CCR §15304). The installation of the chargers will be located in “urbanized areas” and the total impacted areas will be less than 10,000 square feet (14 CCR §15303(c)). The California Energy Commission will be the responsible agency for the project. On September 15, 2020, lead agency Solano Transportation Authority filed their NOE with Solano County, listing the exemptions noted above. This proposed project falls within the scope of that project, which was entitled “Inductive Charging Stations.”


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