Have a Say in Goleta’s New Train Station

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Source: City of Goleta

Goleta is getting a new train station and we want to hear from you! Come to an open house on the Goleta Train Station Area Master Plan May 2 or May 8 at 6:00 p.m. to find out more about proposed improvements. Join us to learn about the status and limits of the proposed Master Plan, share your insights, and help us understand your priorities and concerns. View the flyer here.

Thursday, May 2
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
City of Goleta Council Chambers
130 Cremona Drive, Suite B

Wednesday, May 8
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Goleta Valley Community Center
5679 Hollister Avenue

The City is developing a new 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. This project will also allow accommodation for future additional train storage, supporting increased commuter rail needs.

Learn more about the new train station here. Sign up for updates via email or text here.

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a-1563634119 May 03, 2019 09:42 PM
Have a Say in Goleta’s New Train Station

I was in school at UCSB shortly after the Goleta Train station originally opened. One time I came back from a trip to visit my parents and was going to have to figure out a taxi to get to the dorms. An older college kid with a car was giving a friend a ride and offered to also drop me off at UCSB. I was really thankful, and later payed it forward to other college kids when I had a car and could drop them off at UCSB or in IV. Now, with Uber (or fear of strangers), probably none of this would ever happen. But it's a happy memory in my mind.

a-1563634119 May 03, 2019 05:32 PM
Have a Say in Goleta’s New Train Station

Union Pacific, the owner of the tracks, is NOT going to move them closer to Hollister Ave. to accommodate Amtrak. I have never had any problem getting a Lyft or Uber from downtown to the Goleta platform when I catch the train there vs the SBA station. If you ever travel during a holiday period, it's far less stressful & you can find a seat, by leaving from GTA vs SBA. The day before Thanksgiving is sheer insanity boarding at SBA plus unless you pop the huge extra for Business Class no way of finding a seat unless you can a step on the narrow stairway to the lower level a "seat."

Flicka May 03, 2019 11:28 AM
Have a Say in Goleta’s New Train Station

My other great-grandparents also came by train, in 1894. They were coming to California for Great-grandma's health and train passengers recommended Santa Barbara They got off in Goleta and lived there until1898 when they moved to Montecito for Great-grandpa to be a gardener at the SB Cemetery. In 1907 they bought property from the Miramar; there were two houses, a huge barn and a stable. That is where my mom grew up, my brother and I lived there too. It was really cool because when someone gave me a horse we had a stable for it. I would take my mom's "baby sister" (the last of her generation still alive) to lunch once a week. Auntie had dementia but over lunch she nearly always said how much she loved SB and added, "Aren't we thankful for those train passengers."

Luvaduck May 03, 2019 08:27 AM
Have a Say in Goleta’s New Train Station

It's such an isolated area that graffiti and other vandalism would be a problem for anything more elaborate than what's already there. Relocation would be a better option, but it would have to be carefully thought out as whistle & other noise issues would be a difficult fit for a residential area. There's also a litter and vagrant issue to consider.

jak May 03, 2019 08:03 AM
Have a Say in Goleta’s New Train Station

No busses come to the train platform, and it can be hard to even get a taxi. Not very close to Hollister ave, and no sidewalks to get there. Limited options for expanding parking. Could this station be relocated to up near Storke where there are sidewalks, and the tracks are within walking distance of shopping, hotels, major employers, and a number of bus lines? Relocation affords the opportunity to solve many of the problems with the current station. And new construction often affords better opportunities to improve things like parking, security, handicap access, and loading of bikes and bulky luggage. Relocation to Fairview affords similar opportunities but less available land.

a-1563634119 May 03, 2019 07:07 AM
Have a Say in Goleta’s New Train Station

any improvements should come with the removal of all the nearby homeless encampments in the Union Pacific easements. They start out beyond Las Carneros. I see them from the 101 heading south, and as you head south, they line the tracks. Some big, (one stretching about 20 tents long seen from the train) ; some small.

Factotum May 02, 2019 05:17 PM
Have a Say in Goleta’s New Train Station

Great story. Someone comes to town, has a family to support and no place to live, but gets a job first before deciding to stay. We need more resourceful, plucky stories like that. That is the story we expect anyone coming here to have.

Flicka May 02, 2019 04:32 PM
Have a Say in Goleta’s New Train Station

The original train station in Goleta was saved and is at Stow Park (I think that's the name of the location). Could it be moved back? The station was where my widowed Great-grandma got off the train in 1903 with her 5 children. She was headed to San Francisco to look for work but someone on the train said Santa Barbara was a good place with plenty of work. Great-grandma left her children at the train station, rented a horse and buggy, went into town and got a job as cook for St. Vincent's Orphanage on De la Vina St., went back to collect the kids. Thank heaven for the train passenger who suggested SB!

a-1563634119 May 02, 2019 02:25 PM
Have a Say in Goleta’s New Train Station

This is great news. Living in the SY Valley, we usually catch the train at the SB station due to much better parking, safety and people usually being around. The Goleta platform has very limited parking, zero security for parked vehicles & is just all around less customer friendly.

jak May 02, 2019 01:54 PM
Have a Say in Goleta’s New Train Station

Great goal here! The current location of the train stations (SB isn’t much better than Goleta by the way) don’t work out that well for pedestrians and cyclists too isolated for the former and no secure bike parking for the latter). Not so good for driving to the station either- not enough parking and the lot isn’t at all inviting. How about a dedicated bus to coordinate with each incoming and outgoing train? Could this bus coordinate with airport busses to connect both train and plane hubs with the rest of the bus system? When I lived in Goleta I used both Amtrak and American Airlines a lot for both business and personal travel. I usually ended up walking home with a rolling suitcase, especially at night. Or renting a car and skipping public transport altogether for shorter trips. Or driving my wife’s car and leaving her on foot. Amtrak in Goleta? So close to being an attractive option that it’s tantalizing. So far that for most people it’s not even on the radar.

a-1563634119 May 02, 2019 10:29 PM
Have a Say in Goleta’s New Train Station

No MTD bus actually goes to the current station. It is a long walk to Hollister with no sidewalks. Amtrak never wanted a station there. They just wanted a cleaning station for the trains and they dragged their feet to make it attractive for riders.

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