Goleta Train Depot Project

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On April 26, 2018, the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) notified the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) that SBCAG had been awarded $13 million in funding as a result of submitting an application with the City of Goleta under the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP).

The Goleta Train Depot Project is the development of a new multi-modal train station next to the existing Amtrak platform on South La Patera Lane with the intent to increase rail ridership. Through the completion of a full-service station, the project will improve connections to bus transit, accommodate transit service to/from the Santa Barbara Airport and the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), add new bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and allow accommodation for a potential future additional train storage that will support increased commuter rail needs. These improvements will make the new facility safer, functional, and inviting. The Project site is adjacent to the existing Amtrak platform at the northern end of South La Patera Lane.

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The Goleta Train Depot building will be approximately 8,000 square feet. It will include a lobby, electronic ticketing area, waiting room, café, community meeting room, restrooms/ shower/changing facilities, bike storage and baggage storage lockers. The
Goleta Train Depot project includes the acquisition of an Airport Shuttle Bus for use in providing a shuttle service between the Airport and the Train Depot, a one-way distance of 2 miles.

On May 31, 2018, the City closed escrow on the purchase of the approximate 2.5-acre property located at 27 S. La Patera Lane for $6.7 million as part of the future Goleta Train Depot Project.

On December 18, 2018, the City Council authorized the Mayor to execute the Funding Agreement between SBCAG and the City regarding the 2018 TIRCP grant.

Purpose & Need

The existing Amtrak platform lacks connectivity to station users’ final destinations, has inadequate parking and transit accessibility, provides limited and marginal restroom facilities, does not have a covered waiting area or food services, has poor pedestrian access to the site, and has poor bicycle access and storage. Developing an enhanced Train Depot will improve services and accommodate future increases in passenger ridership resulting from the Surfliner commuter train between Ventura and Goleta. The project addresses the need for improved and expanded multi-modal transit facilities by providing improved parking, bus turnouts, bicycle and pedestrian access, bicycle parking, access to regional rail connections, and first-mile/last-mile connectivity.

Current Platform

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Project Renderings 

Goleta Train Depot Rendering1

Goleta Train Depot Rendering2

Current Phase

Station Area Master Plan (SAMP)

  • On January 15, 2019, City Council approved a $150K professional services contract with Rincon Consultants Inc. to prepare a SAMP as required by the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) grant.
  • The SAMP is scheduled to be completed by the end of August as new traffic counts were conducted and will be integrated into the final draft which will then  go to Planning Commission and then on to the City Council in Fall of 2019.

Depot and Roadway Project

  • The City put out a Request for Proposal for Professional Design Services for the Goleta Train Depot Project that closed on February 25, 2019.
  • On June 4, 2019, City Council approved a $2.4M contract with Anil Verma Associates (AVA) for professional design services which will include preliminary engineering, environmental and all required technical studies, architectural design (Depot Building),  civil design (parking, turnaround, drainage, bike & pedestrian access along S. La Patera Lane), and permitting.
    • Preliminary design work concepts for the train depot building and roadway were presented to staff in August of 2019.
    • Site survey work is largely completed and roadway survey work is underway.
    • Geotechnical work on the site has been completed and a portion related to the roadway component is nearly complete.
    • Environmental studies will begin in earnest in September.
    • RailPros (subconsultants of AVA) are working with LOSSAN to better understand and inform LOSSAN’s train storage project in the immediate area of the Train Depot.
    • An initial meeting took place in July. However, in-depth discussion will take place in September now that potential concepts from LOSSAN/Amtrak will be better developed.

Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) Funding

  • On August 15, 2019, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved the City’s latest allocation request for an additional $960,000 in TIRCP funds for Project Approval & Environmental Documentation (PA&ED)  for the Train Depot Project.
    • The City now has its full allocation for PA&ED that should get provide sufficient funding through Mid-2021.
  • On August 20, 2019, Staff submitted its first reimbursement request to SBCAG for TIRCP funds for all expenses incurred in Fiscal Year 2018-19, subsequent reimbursement requests will be done on a quarterly basis.

Strategic Plan Goals

Strengthen Infrastructure

Funding Sources

This project is funded by a Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) grant for $13 million, of which $12.2M will be available to the City for its portion of the Goleta Train Depot. The grant was obtained in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG).

The $6.7 million purchase of the property came from three funds within the City's budget: Public Facilities Reserve, Public Admin DIF and Developer Agreement.

Project Manager:
Jaime Valdez
(805) 961-7568