Local Transportation Climate Adaption Program


SCH Number
Public Agency
Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)
Document Title
Local Transportation Climate Adaption Program
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Local Transportation Climate Adaptation Program (LTCAP) will take place along 20 miles of BART rail tracks in Contra Costa County. The affected tracks are between the El Cerrito Plaza Station and the Richmond Station (BART Red and Orange Lines) and between the Orinda Station and the Antioch Station (BART Yellow Line). When subjected to temperature extremes, the expansion and contraction of steel rail can introduce stress on the tracks. In cold weather, contraction of the rail can lead to fractures, while hot conditions can induce expansion and cause track buckling. Both scenarios significantly elevate the risk of service disruptions, property damage, and train derailments. Contra Costa County is projected to see a significant rise in the number of days exceeding what is now considered extremely hot for the area. This program will destress the steel rails at a neutral temperature and calibrate them to withstand the anticipated extremities of both high and low temperatures in the region.

Contact Information

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


Antioch, Concord, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Orinda, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, Walnut Creek
Contra Costa
Cross Streets
State Highways
I-80, I-680, SR 4, SR 24
Union Pacific Railroad
Other Location Info
Approximately 20 miles of BART tracks between El Cerrito Plaza Station and Richmond Station, and between Orinda Station and Antioch Station.

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 involve minor alterations to existing rail infrastructure. No expansion of current space or current use is proposed. Construction activity would occur on existing BART tracks within existing BART right-of-way. The Project would not affect access to transit or transit operations.
County Clerk
Contra Costa


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