Public Input Requested for Future Goleta Train Depot Design
Source: City of Goleta
The City of Goleta Train Depot project is chugging along even during these challenging times. Three potential designs have been selected and now we need your help to select what design or aspects of the designs you like best. Community input is an important part of the project and there are three important ways you can learn about this future Goleta landmark and give us your feedback.
Please visit the Goleta Train Depot Project page on the City website at https://tinyurl.com/GoletaTrainDepot and check out the new slide deck featuring the design concepts, site plan, building floorplan layout and three roadway designs. After reviewing the slide deck, please take the survey listed on the website providing your feedback as well as important amenities you would like to see in the building and roadway improvements.
We also hope you will join us on June 3, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. for a live Zoom meeting presentation on the designs. You will be able to listen and provide live chat comments during the presentation. The meeting will be broadcast live and also recorded and available to view after the meeting. The meeting link is available at https://tinyurl.com/GoletaTrainDepot.
City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte said, “Goleta’s new train station will be an important gateway to our city for both residents and visitors. Community participation in the design will help ensure that our station will be beautiful, safe, and functional.”
The Goleta 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. This project will also allow accommodation for future additional train storage, supporting increased commuter rail needs.
The City of Goleta was awarded a $13 million grant for the Goleta Train Depot in partnership with Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) in 2018. The City and SBCAG sought grant funds from the Transit & Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) to meaningfully improve passenger experience. The project centers around the City of Goleta’s purchase of the old Direct Relief International warehouse, which allows the City to redevelop the property to create a welcoming train station for travelers to the region.