CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED TRAIN
The California High Speed Rail
Authority wanted to let you know that the 45-day public comment period has
begun on the “Bay Area to Central Valley Revised Draft Program Environmental
Impact Report” (which is available at www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/library
as part of the environmental review process for California’s high-speed train project.
The California High-Speed Rail
Authority in 2007 released the Bay Area to Central Valley High-Speed Train Program
Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/S) thatexamined the environmental impacts of
the proposed high-speed train system connecting the San Francisco Bay Area and
Central Valley regions, within the broad corridor between and including the
Altamont Pass and Pacheco Pass. The
Authority certified the Final Program EIR in July 2008 and selected the Pacheco
Pass Alignment Alternative serving San Francisco via San Jose as the preferred
network alternative to connect the high-speed train between the Bay Area and
the Central Valley. The Authority also
selected preferred alignments and station locations to advance for further
study in second-tier, project EIR/EISs.
A legal challenge filed in
August 2008 resulted in a ruling by a California Superior Court that the
Authority’s Final Program EIR was sufficient in most respects, however
corrective work was necessary in certain areas. The Authority set aside its July 2008 decision and is now taking
steps to comply with the court’s ruling. The Authority conducted additional
analysis and prepared necessary revisions to the Final Program EIR in
accordance with the court’s ruling.
How You Can Comment
The revised material is being
circulated for public and agency comment for 45 days beginning March 11, 2010
and ending at 5 p.m. April 26, 2010. In accordance with California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines, the Authority requests that
reviewers limit the scope of their comments to the revised materials contained
in the Revised Draft Program EIR.
Comments on the Revised Draft
Program EIR Material can be sent to the California High-Speed Rail Authority in
three ways under the subject line “Bay
Area to Central Valley Revised Draft Program-Level EIR Material Comments”
Mail: 925 L Street, Suite 1425 Sacramento, CA 95814,
Attention: Dan Leavitt
The Authority will host two
public meetings to accept comment on the Revised Draft Program EIR:
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Sheriff’s Auditorium
55 West Younger Street, San Jose, CA 95110
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Board of Supervisors Chambers
70 West Hedding Street, San Jose CA 95113
California High-Speed Rail Authority’s Web Site www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov to:
download the Revised Draft Program EIR.
printed copy of the Revised Draft Program EIR.
library near you to review a copy of the Revised Draft Program EIR.
Please call the Authority at (916) 324-1541, or check the California
High-Speed Rail Authority’s Web Site www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov for more