BART Substation Cable Replacement Program


SCH Number
Public Agency
Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)
Document Title
BART Substation Cable Replacement Program
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The BART transit system transmits electrical power to its traction power substations, which in turn provide the power to the train cars, through 34.5 kilovolt (34.5 kV) cables. Many of these 34.5 kV cables are over 50 years old and are reaching the end of their useful life and need replacement. The existing 34.5 kV cable runs in a duct bank adjacent to the track except where the track is on an aerial structure and the cable is suspended adjacent to the tracks. The old duct bank will be abandoned in place and the new cable installed in a new at-grade duct bank along the perimeter of the BART alignment.

Contact Information

Donald Dean
Agency Name
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Job Title
Manager of Environmental Review
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


Albany, Antioch, Berkeley, Concord, Dublin, El Cerrito, Fremont, Hayward, Lafayette, Oakland, Orinda, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, Richmond, San Francisco, San Leandro, Union City, Walnut Creek
Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco
San Francisco Bay Area
Cross Streets
State Highways
SR-24, I-80, I-880, I-580
Union Pacific RR
Oakland International Airport
Multiple, University of California Berkeley
Other Location Info
The project will occur at multiple locations along the BART right-of-way in San Francisco and Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1, Section 15301, Existing Facilities
Reasons for Exemption
None of the exceptions listed in CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2, which would prohibit the use of a categorical exemption, apply to the project. The program would replace existing traction power infrastructure. The project is necessary to meet current standards of public health and safety. No expansion of current space or current use is proposed. Construction activity will be within BART right-of-way reducing or eliminating potential construction impacts to surrounding communities.
County Clerks
Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco


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