Chapter 1.0, Project Purpose, Need, and
explains why the project is proposed and provides a history of the planning
Chapter 2.0, Alternatives, describes the proposed Merced to Fresno Section alternatives and design options, HST station options, and
heavy maintenance facility options, as well as the No Project Alternative used
for purposes of comparison. It contains illustrations and maps and provides a
review of construction activities. These first two chapters help the reader
understand what is being analyzed in the remainder of the document.
Affected Environment, Environmental Consequences, and Mitigation Measures is
where the reader can find information about the existing transportation, environmental,
and social conditions in the area of the proposed project. This chapter
provides the findings of the analysis of potential environmental impacts, along
with methods to reduce these impacts (called mitigation measures).
Chapter 4.0, Section 4(f)/Section 6(f) Evaluation summarizes parks, and historic properties in accordance with Section 4(f) of the Department of
Transportation Act of 1966 and Section 6(f) of the Land and Water Conservation
Funds Act. It describes avoidance alternatives and measures to minimize harm to
Chapter 5.0, Project Costs and Operations, summarizes
the estimated capital and operations and maintenance costs for each Merced to Fresno Section alternative evaluated in the Project EIR/EIS, including
funding and financial risk.
Chapter 6.0, CEQA/NEPA Decision Process and
Other Considerations, summarizes
the project’s significant adverse environmental effects, including those which cannot be avoided if the project is
implemented. It also summarizes the significant irreversible environmental changes that would
occur as a result of the project or irretrievable commitments of resources or
foreclosure of future options.
Chapter 7.0, Public and Agency Involvement,
contains summaries of coordination and outreach activities, with
agencies and the general public.
8.0, EIR/EIS Distribution identifies individuals and organizations informed
of the availability of the Draft Project EIR/EIS.
Chapter 9.0, List of Preparers provides the names and
responsibilities of the authors of the Draft Project EIR/EIS.
References/Sources Used in Document Preparation, cites the references and
contacts used in writing this document.
Chapter 11.0, Glossary of Terms, provides
a definition of certain terms used in the Project EIR/EIS.
Index, provides a tool to cross-reference major topics used in the Project
Chapter 13.0, Acronyms and Abbreviations, defines the
acronyms and abbreviations used in this document.
The purpose of environmental documents is to disclose information to
decision makers and the public. While the science and analysis that
supports this Draft Project Environmental Impact Report/Environmental
Impact Statement is complex, this document is intended for the general
public. Every attempt has been made to limit technical terms and the use
of acronyms. Where this cannot be avoided, the terms and acronyms are
defined the first time they are used, and a list of acronyms and abbreviations is provided in Chapter 11 of this document.
For a reader with only a short time to devote to this document, the Highlights is the place to start. For more detail than the Highlights, the Summary
is also available. The Summary provides an overview of all of the
substantive chapters and includes a table listing the potential
environmental impacts for each environmental resource topic and directs
the reader where to get details elsewhere in the document. We have also
provided a brief explanation of each chapter (see left) in the Merced to
Fresno section Draft Project Environmental Impact Report/Environmental
Questions? Contact the Merced to Fresno team
The public comment period is now closed for the Draft EIR/EIS for the Merced to Fresno section of the California High-Speed Train project.
Formal comments on the Draft EIR/EIS for the Merced to Fresno Section received during the public comment period between August 15 - October 13, 2011 will be addressed in the Final EIR/EIS. The Final EIS/EIS for the Merced to Fresno section is being prepared now and is planned for release in early 2012.
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A printed and/or electronic version of the document is located at the following locations.
Fresno County Public Library,
2420 Mariposa Street, Fresno,
Gillis Branch Library
629 W. Dakota Ave, Fresno, CA
Madera County Library
121 North G Street, Madera,
Chowchilla Branch Library
300 Kings Avenue,
Chowchilla, CA 93610
755 West 15th
Street, Merced, CA 95340
Merced County Library
2100 O Street, Merced,
Galilee Missionary Baptist
22491 Fairmead Blvd.,
Chowchilla, CA 93610
Le Grand Branch Library
12949 Le Grand Road, Le
Grand, CA 95333
Lao Family Community
855 W 15th Street, Merced,
Madera Ranchos Branch
37167 Avenue 12, Suite 4C,
Madera CA 95636
Merced County Los Banos
1312 South Seventh Street,
Los Banos, CA 93635
Atwater Branch Library
1600 Third Street, Atwater,
California High-Speed Rail
770 L Street, Suite 800,
Sacramento, CA 95814