Merced Intermodal Track Connection Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA)
Document Title
Merced Intermodal Track Connection Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Within the ROW of UPRR as well as areas zoned for commercial, industrial, and residential uses
Document Description
The Project includes a new track connection from the BNSF corridor to the proposed integrated station in downtown Merced between R and O Streets, in addition to a new platform, that will allow for a cross-platform transfer between the San Joaquins and High-Speed Rail (HSR). The Project only includes the construction of the track connection and the San Joaquins platform; it does not include the construction of the rest of the integrated station. The Project would consist of the following: new passenger rail connection for the San Joaquins from the BNSF north of State Route (SR) 59, running along the SR 59 corridor and immediately west of the ACE/Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) corridor, to the southern terminus at the proposed integrated station; shifting ACE/UPRR spur track that accesses industrial area north of SR 59; new aerial guideway on the west side of the ACE/UPRR corridor that would connect into the east side of the HSR platform (which would be shared with the San Joaquins); and expansion of the approved ACE Merced Layover and Maintenance Facility to include new and upgraded tracks for San Joaquins trains and joint use of the initial facility for both ACE and San Joaquins trains.

Contact Information

Dan Leavitt
Agency Name
San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority
Job Title
Manager of Regional Initiatives
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


State Highways
SR 59, SR 99, SR 140
ACE/UPRR, San Joaquin
Merced Regional Airport
Leontine Gracey El, John C Fremont El, Valley HS, Tenaya Mid
Bear Creek, Fahrens Creek, irrigation canals

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 10 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California San Joaquin River Conservancy (SJRC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Development Types
Transportation:Other (Commuter and Intercity Rail)
Local Actions
Transit, Encroachment
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, Tribal Cultural Resources, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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