Goleta Train Depot Project Receives Much Needed Grant Funding

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Rendering of the Goleta Train Depot
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By City of Goleta

The City of Goleta is pleased to share that it received a $5.56 million grant for the Goleta Train Depot Project from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) Supplemental Funding which is matched by a $1 million commitment of City funds. The City was a co-applicant with the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG).

Jaime Valdez, Neighborhood Services Director said, “We are thrilled to receive this wonderful news. Without this critical infusion of funding, the Goleta Train Depot was at risk of being stalled with none of the project benefits being realized until another source of funding was identified.”

The Goleta Train Depot is currently in the design phase. The next step in the process is going out to bid this summer with construction anticipated to begin towards the end of this year.

The additional funding is essential to keep this project moving. Since January 2022, the Project Team has seen widespread and substantial increases in costs for materials and construction on large scale projects throughout California, and generally throughout the country. 

The total project budget is over $25 million. This includes the original $13 million in TIRCP funding the City received, the additional $5.56 million TIRCP funding, and City funds.

When completed, the Train Depot will be a full-service multi-modal train station next to the existing Amtrak platform on South La Patera Lane. By creating a full-service station, the City hopes to increase train ridership, improve connections to bus transit, accommodate transit service to/from the Santa Barbara Airport and UCSB, and add new bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

For more information on the Goleta Train Depot project, click here.

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Luvaduck Feb 06, 2023 07:15 AM
Goleta Train Depot Project Receives Much Needed Grant Funding

What would be really helpful is good public connections btw the various modes of transportation. As it is now, it's difficult to get from the airport to city buses or the train and nearly impossible in many housing areas. Part of the problem is running expensive, full-sized buses on connecters instead of dedicated jitneys making the rounds often and perhaps popping up to housing areas with no or nearly no service closer than a couple of miles.

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