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Goleta Train Depot Project

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Opportunities for Community Input

The City and its design team would like to invite the community to provide its feedback on the three conceptual designs and the proposed roadway configurations. The Goleta Train Depot will be one of the biggest landmarks in the City. We really want your input! There are three important ways you can learn about this central future Goleta landmark and give us your feedback.   

  1. View the slide deck featuring the design concepts, site plan, building floorplan layout and three roadway designs.
  2. Take our survey to provide your feedback on the Slide Deck as well as important amenities you would like to see in the building.
  3. Participate in our Zoom presentation on the designs on June 3 at 6:00 p.m. The presentation will also be recorded and available to view on this webpage.

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Project Description & Background

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.

Learn more about this project's community outreach efforts here.

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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Draft Project Renderings



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 will be used to inform the Goleta Train Depot's design in terms of site layout, building features/amenities, and circulation/access to and from the site.

  • The SAMP was completed in October of 2019 after well over eight months of in-depth research, stakeholder and community meetings, use of an online survey, all ultimately packaged into a cohesive seminal document. 
  • On December 9, 2019 the Planning Commission reviewed the SAMP and unanimously recommended its approval to the City Council.
  • The City Council unanimously adopted the SAMP on February 4, 2020.
  • Click here to see the final SAMP.

Current Phase

Depot and Roadway Project

On January 17, 2019, 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.
  • AVA has presented preliminary street concepts plan, sections, potential plant palette
  • Preparation and updating draft site plan layouts and landscape plan for parking and bus turn-around in on-going
  • Provided potential bio-retention location exhibit, AutoTURN® templates and potential hydrant locations
  • Performed pervious Area Calculations
  • Updated preliminary roadway matrix and sections
  • Preliminary grading, utilities, Best Management Practices (BMP) plans are in-progress
  • Preliminary general utility research including “as-built” review and identification of utility owners has commenced with additional utility outreach for more information
  • Additional utility research for wet utilities is on-going
  • Site survey work is largely completed, and roadway survey work is nearly complete
  • Geotechnical work on the site has been completed and a portion related to the roadway component is nearly complete 
  • Draft Drainage Report has been completed 
  • Environmental studies began in earnest in late 2019

On March 2, 2020, City staff provided the City Council with the Goleta Train Depot March 2020 Update.

The staff report and the following captures the salient aspects of the presentation: 
  • Background on the site’s location and context (land use, road network, etc.)
  • Potential community themes for inspiration (Goleta’s etymology, agricultural history, train depot history, sun and ocean)
  • Potential depot building designs in context of visual perspectives
  • Existing and proposed site layouts
  • Landscaping, stormwater, and hardscaping design concepts
  • Sustainability design concepts for the building and the site
  • Existing S. La Patera Lane configuration and options for roadway improvements of sidewalks, bike accommodations, parking and landscaping
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.

Recent City Council and Planning Commission Items

On March 2, 2020, the Goleta Train Depot March 2020 update was presented to City Council. 

On February 4, 2020, the City Council unanimously adopted the SAMP. Staff anticipates a full update to the City Council on the design of the Goleta Train Depot on March 3, 2020.

On December 9, 2019, the Goleta Train Depot 2019 Station Area Master Plan (SAMP) was discussed at the Planning Commission meeting. The Planning Commission voted to support the SAMP as it moves forward before Council on February 4, 2020 for adoption.

Project Manager:
Jaime A. Valdez
Principal Project Manager
Department of Neighborhood Services & Public Safety 
(805) 961-7568