The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority has prepared a draft Program Environmental Assessment that is meant to support their submission to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for funding to pursue 11 rail projects in Northern California. Among the 11 projects are 4 which impact Fremont and are designed to support increasing the number of commuter trains between Oakland and San Jose. Some of the proposed project work is a repeat of the 2005 Union City Intermodal Station project and was supposed to be integrally linked to the Dumbarton Rail Corridor Project. That project, which has not yet progressed beyond discussion, is being followed on a separate page on this website.
According to an official at the CCJPA it is a program and not a specific project document. Should the program be funded with federal funds, then the next step would be for the individual projects to be assessed and documented in their respective environmental review processes.....this is a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and not a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) set of actions and the FRA is the lead.
The entire Draft Program Environmental Assessment (DPEA) has been uploaded to this webpage for easy access however the on line link is at : http://www.capitolcorridor.org/program_NEPA_EA/ . The deadline for submitting written comments was 29 October.
The CCJPA held a public meeting on 26 Oct and the PP Presentation used during that meeting is posted on this page.
I did provide comments on the Draft PEA and a copy is posted on this page. In addition I have posted some "unofficial meeting Notes. It is my understanding that Fremont CIty also sent in comments and I will post them if they become available.
At this time the CCJPA will prepare responses to the comments received and forward the entire package to the FRA for inclusion in their funding application.
Please check back for updates.