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 at the location of the existing Amtrak platform 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.
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.
The City of Goleta has entered into a Professional Services Agreement with Rincon Consultants, Inc. to prepare a Station Area Master Plan for the Goleta Train Depot.
The City has put out a Request for Proposal for Professional Design Services for the Goleta Train Depot Project. The RFP closes on February 25, 2019.
Strategic Plan Goals
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.