Madera Station Relocation Project

Madera Station Relocation Project

Initial Study Mitigated Negative Declaration

Project Overview

Final Initial Study/Negative Mitigated Negative Declaration Released

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN SJJPA, acting as lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), has released a Final Initial Study/Negative Mitigated Declaration (IS/MND) for the Madera Station Relocation Project.

The Final IS/MND, along with supporting documents, will be considered for approval at the SJJPA Board Meeting to be held on January 22, 2021 starting at 9 a.m. Due to physical meeting restrictions due to COVID-19, this meeting will be online and can be accessed by members of the public here where a GoToMeeting link will be posted a week before the meeting. Please join the SJJPA Board Meeting on January 22, 2021 if you would like to provide any comments on the Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration.

Project Background

In July 2015, the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA) took on the responsibility of administering and managing the 365-mile long Amtrak San Joaquins Service (San Joaquins). The SJJPA continually seeks to expand services, improve ridership, and reduce operating costs.  Increases in services and ridership will create jobs, improve air quality, and help promote sustainable development along the San Joaquins Corridor.

Purpose of Project

The existing Madera San Joaquins Station (Station), which is nearly three miles north of Madera, has extremely low ridership and lacks connecting bus service in the area due to its location. The San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA), in coordination with local leaders, has been planning to relocate the Madera Station to a location near Avenue 12 (see site map below) to better meet regional goals of improving ridership and connectivity.

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Environmental Clearance of the Project

Prior to approving the relocation of the Madera Station, SJJPA must conduct environmental review in accordance with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to assess and inform the public about potential impacts of the Project, including mitigations where necessary.

To complete the environmental clearance process, it is anticipated that the Project will require an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) to identify potential environmental impacts and associated mitigation measures. Once this process is complete, the Project can move forward to permitting, final design and construction. A project timeline can be found below.

Who is the Lead Agency?

SJJPA is the lead agency for this effort. To help ensure a successful process, the SJJPA is working closely with the Madera County Transportation Commission, Madera County, City of Madera, California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), and the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA).

What Has Been Completed to Date?

  • SJJPA staff prepared and presented a Connectivity Report to the SJJPA Board identifying substantial connectivity challenges at the existing Madera San Joaquins Station.
  • SJJPA worked with the Madera County Transportation Commission, the County and City of Madera, the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), and the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to analyze issues associated with the existing station and to identify a new station location that meets the region’s goals of improving connectivity and ridership.  SJJPA has continued to coordinate with CTC, County and City.
  • SJJPA obtained a Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program grant for the Madera Station Relocation Project.
  • SJJPA has conducted extensive coordination with CalSTA and CHSRA to ensure the station design can accommodate future high-speed rail service.
  • SJJPA released the Madera Station Relocation Report.
  • SJJPA released the Draft IS/MND for the Project on October 14, 2020.
  • SJJPA conducted public meetings about the Draft IS/MND on November 5, 2020.
  • SJJPA released the Final IS/MND on January 6, 2020.

Key Milestones and Timeline

Madera Station Relocation Project - Timeline Graphic_01.06.20

Get Involved

Due to current COVID-19 social distancing requirements, we are making adjustments to how we are reaching out to you.

In association with the release of Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration, SJJPA held two public meetings via online webinars on November 5, 2020 to provide information on the Project and to provide the opportunity for public input. Below you can find a link to the presentation from the webinars

Webinar Presentation (from Webinars on November 5, 2020)

Benefits of Avenue 12 Location

  • Avenue 12 is currently a primary transit route for Madera County
  • Has excellent access to State Route 99 with a recently updated interchange at Avenue 12
  • Continues to provide access to central Madera with similar travel times as the current station location.
  • Greatly improves access times for riders from the numerous neighborhoods in southern Madera County
  • Accommodates anticipated growth in southeast portion of Madera County and north Fresno.
  • Accommodates anticipated growth in southeast portion of Madera County and north Fresno.
  • Location near Madera Community College Center will allow easy access for staff, students, and visitors
  • Will enable future high-speed rail service to access the Madera Station

Additional Information and Project Documents

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The comment period for the Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration is now over. However, you may continue to use the comment email (MaderaStationComments@sjjp.com) to contribute any thoughts on the project. These will not be official comments but will be taken into consideration.

Madera Station Relocation SJJPA Project Manager:
Dan Leavitt, Manager of Regional Initiatives
San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority
dan@sjjpa.com
(209) 944-6266

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