Type, Section or Code
Pub. Resources Code, § 21080.25(b) (transportation project exemptions and criteria) Pub Resources Code, § 21080(b)(10),
Reasons for Exemption
The Project is statutorily exempt under Public Resources Code section 21080.25, subdivision (b)(5) (institution or increase of new bus rapid transit, bus, or light rail service), subdivision (b)(6) (zero emission infrastructure), and subdivision (b)(7) (maintenance, repair, relocation replacement, or removal of any utility infrastructure associated with these types of projects).
The Project is also statutorily exempt under Public Resources Code section 21080, subdivision (b)(10) and (b)(12) and State CEQA Guidelines section 15275 because the Project will increase commuter services on rail rights-of-way that are already in use, including the modernization of an existing station, and includes facility extensions required for transfer of transit passengers that would not exceed four miles length.
The Project is categorically exempt under State CEQA Guidelines section 15301 (Class 1) because it consists of the maintenance and minor alteration of existing bus lanes and transit improvements and would involve negligible or no expansion of an existing use and under State CEQA Guideline section 15302 (Class 2) because it includes the replacement or reconstruction of existing small structures or facilities on the same site and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the replaced structures.
Any future Transit Oriented Development on the project site would be subject to further consideration by MTS for approval and compliance with CEQA, as the details of any such future project are too speculative at this juncture to provide for a meaningful environmental assessment.