EVENTS

CCJPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING – NOVEMBER 18, 2015
On Wednesday, November 18 at the Suisun City Hall Council Chambers, the CCJPA Board of Directors certified the Sacramento to Roseville Third Track Project Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and voted to approve the project. Click here to view the press release.

FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (EIR)
The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) ― Lead Agency for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) ― has made the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Responses to Comments for its proposed Third Track Project available as of November 4, 2015. The Final EIR will be presented to the CCJPA Board of Directors for certification and the project will be considered for approval on November 18, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the City Council Chambers, Suisun City Hall, located at 701 Civic Center Boulevard in Suisun City, CA. The Final EIR can be viewed or downloaded from the website under the Documents page. In addition, other interested parties may review a copy of the final documents at the locations listed below:

SACRAMENTO
Sacramento City Hall: 915 I St.
Central Library Galleria: 828 I St.
McKinley Library/Clunie Community Center: 601 Alhambra Blvd.
North Sacramento/Hagginwood Library: 2109 Del Paso Blvd.
Joe Mims, Jr. Hagginwood Community Center: 3271 Marysville Blvd.
Arcade Library: 2443 Marconi Ave.
Slavic Community Center: 2999 Fulton Ave.

ANTELOPE
North Highlands/Antelope Library: 4235 Antelope Rd.

CITRUS HEIGHTS
Citrus Heights Community Center: 6300 Fountain Square Dr.
Crosswoods Community Center: 6742 Auburn Blvd.
Sylvan Oaks Library: 6700 Auburn Blvd.

ROSEVILLE
Roseville/Maidu Library: 1530 Maidu Dr.
Maidu Community Center: 1550 Maidu Dr.
Roseville City Hall: 311 Vernon St.

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DEIR RELEASE & PUBLIC MEETINGS
CCJPA – Lead Agency for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) – released the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for a 50-day public review period on July 24, 2015. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) – Federal Lead Agency for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) – anticipates releasing an Environmental Assessment (EA) in fall 2015 under a separate environmental review from the EIR.

The DEIR was made available to the public for review not only on the project website, but also at fourteen various locations throughout the corridor. Comments and suggestions were invited from all interested parties from July 24 through 5:00 p.m. on September 10, 2015 and could be submitted at the project’s public meetings, online or by mail.

In addition, CCJPA hosted two separate public open house meetings on July 29 and September 1, 2015. Both meetings were held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Library Galleria, West Meeting Room (828 I Street) and Roseville Civic Center, Council Chambers (311 Vernon Street). Multiple efforts were made to promote the project as well as invite the public and stakeholders to the meetings. As a result, approximately 15 community members attended the meetings and were able to view a variety of project displays, illustrations and the DEIR as well as talk one-on-one with project team members. A Court Reporter was also present during both meetings and documented all public comments.

To allow further participation, CCJPA also hosted a convenient online public meeting that was available 24 hours from July 24 through September 10. The online tool allowed visitors to view the same information that was shown at the in-person public meetings and provide input into the DEIR. Over 380 visitors logged into the online meeting at a time convenient to them and approximately 40 comments and suggestions were submitted on the DEIR.

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PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING
On July 1, 2014, the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) officially launched the environmental process for the proposed Third Track Project, with a formal Notice of Preparation (NOP) of the Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (EIR/EA). Comments and suggestions on the scope and content of the EIR/EA were invited from all interested parties for a period of 30 days beginning on July 1 and ending at 5:00 p.m. on August 1, 2014.

To broaden its reach of participation amongst the long corridor, CCJPA hosted various forms of public scoping meetings. CCJPA initially hosted two identical in-person public scoping meetings on July 16 and 17, 2014. The meetings were held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sacramento City Hall, Historic Hearing Room (915 I Street) and Roseville Civic Center, Council Chambers (311 Vernon Street), respectively. Multiple efforts were made to contact the community and stakeholders to promote the project and invite them to the meetings. As a result, approximately 60 community members attended the meetings and were able to view a variety of project displays, illustrations and potential alternatives as well as talk one-on-one with project team members. A Court Reporter was present during both meetings to record all public comments.

In addition, CCJPA hosted an online public open house to provide the public a more convenient alternative to the traditional, one-time opportunity to attend the in-person meetings. The online tool enabled interested parties to view information for a longer duration and comment on project elements from any location during a two-week period from July 16 to August 1. Over 119 visitors logged into the online meeting at a time convenient to them and heard an introduction video by CCJPA’s Project Manager, Jim Allison then viewed the same visuals presented at the in-person public scoping meetings.

Lastly, aside from the two in-person scoping meetings and online public open house, CCJPA held two on-train scoping meetings on July 23, 2014 on train 536 from Sacramento to Auburn and on July 24, 2014 on train 529 from Auburn to Davis.

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INVOLVED

CCJPA is committed to engaging the public in this important project. The public involvement and communication program is designed to provide convenient and timely information to educate and inform the public as well as seek participation throughout the planning process. CCJPA has developed an extensive outreach program that includes the following strategies:

• Maintenance of an extensive corridor-wide contact database
• Formation of two Stakeholder Advisory Committees
• Individual briefings with agency staff and elected officials
• Distribution of educational materials through mailers, e-blast and website
• Hosting large public meetings both in-person and online
• Media coordination including use of social media

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As part of the program, two Stakeholder Advisory Committees have been developed and include diverse representatives of agencies and organizations whom all have an interest in this project. The committees are responsible for assisting CCJPA in promoting and educating their constituents about the project as well as bringing input back to the project development team from the greater community. Each committee includes, but is not limited to, business leaders, local/regional partner agencies, Chambers of Commerce, alternative mode advocates, environmental advocates or organizations, residential organizations, tribal representatives and more. To date, the committees have met twice (May 2014 and May 2015) and will continue to meet at key milestones during the planning process to ensure ample input opportunity on behalf of these important stakeholders.

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