Final EIR For Fresno-Bakersfield Now Available
The California High Speed Rail Authority today released the final EIR for the Fresno-Bakersfield segment of the high speed rail project. If the legal challenges are resolved, construction could begin next year.
Here’s a brief description of the route selected in this Final EIR, as provided by the CHSRA:
The Final EIR/EIS identifies the preferred alternative as parts of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe alternative (BNSF), the Corcoran Bypass alternative, the Allensworth Bypass alternative and the Bakersfield Hybrid alternative. Proposed stations are identified as the Downtown Bakersfield station on Truxtun Avenue, and the East of Hanford/west of Visalia station option located near State Route 198.
The CHSRA Board will meet on May 6 and 7 in Fresno to discuss and possibly approve the EIR, and if they approve it, the Federal Railroad Administration will issue a Record of Decision soon after that.
This is another key milestone in getting HSR built. Now we wait for the courts.