12th and Imperial Transit Center Rehabilitation Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
San Diego Metropolitan Transit
Document Title
12th and Imperial Transit Center Rehabilitation Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
On October 20, 2022, MTS’ Board of Directors accepted the 2022 Transit Intercity Rail Capital Program Grant Award for the Zero Emission Transit Enhancement Project, which includes the 12th and Imperial Transit Center Rehabilitation Project (“Project”). The Project will increase the number of bus bays at MTS’ busiest transit center, incorporate multi-modal hub components, and create a developable parcel for future Transit Oriented Development. The Project will consolidate parcels to re-align and streamline vehicle and truck freight traffic currently within the transit center to around the transit center. Removing underutilized streets segments and intersections will reduce conflict points, making the area safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Asphalt streets will be enhanced with landscaped passenger platforms. The Project will also involve stormwater system upgrades, landscape improvements, and replacement of VMS. The Project will increase transit ridership and improve passenger safety and efficiencies, providing a direct and meaningful benefit to disadvantaged and low-income households/communities. The Project will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve transit service.

Contact Information

Kena M. Teon
Agency Name
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System
Job Title
MTS Grants Administrator
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
San Diego

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
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.
County Clerk
San Diego


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