Madera Station Relocation Project

Madera Station Relocation Project

Initial Study Mitigated Negative Declaration

Project Overview

Draft Initial Study/Negative Mitigated Negative Declaration Released

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN SJJPA, acting as lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), has prepared a Draft Initial Study/Negative Mitigated Declaration (IS/MND) for the Madera Station Relocation Project. Written comments on the Draft Initial/ Mitigated Negative Declaration will be accepted from October 14, 2020 through November 16, 2020.

Public comments can be provided in the following ways:

San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority
Attn: Madera Station Relocation Project
949 East Channel Street
Stockton, CA 95202

SJJPA will also being conducing two public meetings (via online webinar) on November 5th.  For more information, see the “Get Involved” column to the right.

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 Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Project on October 14, 2020.

Key Milestones and Timeline

Timeline Graphic 2029_10-12-2020_FINAL

Get Involved

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

Save the Date!

In association with the release of Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration, SJJPA is planning to hold two public meeting via online webinars on November 5, 2020 to provide information on the Project and to provide the opportunity for public input.

Webinar #1 November 5th (10:30am – 12:00 p.m.)
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Nov 5, 2020 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Madera Station Relocation - Public Webinar (10:30 AM)
https://zoom.us/j/93721489031

Webinar #2 November 5th (6:00pm – 7:30 pm)
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Nov 5, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Madera Station Relocation - Public Webinar (6:00 PM)
https://zoom.us/j/95067310654

Note:  The links above will only provide access to the Zoom meeting when the webinar begins.

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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SJJPA and the Project Team want to hear from you!

Do you have a question about the project, want more information, or want to be added to our stakeholder database? Sign up below to receive information about the upcoming webinars, project documents, and news updates about the Project.  We will keep you up to date on the Project status. You can also use this form to provide public comments on the Draft Initial Study/Negative Declaration for the Madera Station Relocation Project.  The comment period is open until 5 pm on November 16, 2020. Please note this form cannot accommodate attachments.

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Public comments can be provided in the following ways:

  • E-mail comments to MaderaStationComments@sjjpa.com
  • By Mail to:
  • San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority
    Attn: Madera Station Relocation Project
    949 East Channel Street
    Stockton, CA 95202
  • Submit using the form above

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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