Diridon Integrated Station Concept Plan
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+ What is the Diridon Integrated Station Concept Plan (Concept Plan)?
Electrified Caltrain, BART, and High-Speed Rail service will add to the trains, buses, and light rail that currently serve San José Diridon Station. The City of San José has also adopted plans for substantial transit-oriented development near the station, which would bring thousands of new jobs and residents to the area. With these changes, Diridon Station is poised to become one of the busiest intermodal stations on the West Coast. The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), Caltrain, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), and the City of San José (Partner Agencies) are working together on a plan to expand and redesign Diridon Station. The goal is to develop a world-class center of transit and public life that provides smooth connections between modes and integration with the surrounding neighborhoods.
+ Upcoming Events and Other News
The Partner Agencies are going to provide an update on the Concept Plan to the City’s Station Area Advisory Group on Monday, March 11 at 6:00 in the City Hall Wing Rooms (118-120). The item is second on the agenda and will include a presentation and follow-up question and answer session with the SAAG members. There will be opportunity for public comments following that discussion. Live Spanish interpretation is available, and you can watch the meeting on the City’s CivicCenterTV page. Click here for directions to City Hall.
The Partner Agencies are also hosting a second Community Meeting on the Concept Plan on Monday, March 25, 6-8:30 PM, at the Gardner Community Center (520 W Virgina St, San José). Doors will open at 6:00, and the presentation will begin at 6:30, followed by small group activities to gather feedback. The presentation will be similar to the one given to the SAAG on March 11, with additional background information. At this meeting, we will offer Spanish and Vietnamese interpretation, light refreshments, and supervised activities for children (age 3 or older). See the Event Page for more info.
The objectives of these SAAG and Community Meetings are to provide updated information on the Concept Plan, increase awareness of the planning process and project scope, share progress on preliminary concepts, and get feedback from community members for the Partner Agencies to consider as they prepare the Concept Plan. This round of outreach builds upon previous outreach, including the kick-off meetings completed last fall, at which the Partner Agencies received feedback on the initial vision for the station and key objectives for the Concept Plan. That input is informing the development of scenarios and the draft criteria that will be used to evaluate the scenarios. See below for more information on the public engagement activities that have been completed so far.
+ How can I get involved?
The Partner Agencies have prepared an Outreach Strategy to:
- Inform and educate the public about the project and decision-making process
- Encourage active public participation by a broad range of the community
- Gather feedback for the Partner Agencies to consider during preparation of the Concept Plan
- Foster a sense of pride and collective ownership in the ultimate vision for the station established by the Concept Plan
See Upcoming Events and Other News above for information on public meetings that have been scheduled. The Partner Agencies are also planning additional community engagement opportunities such as online feedback tools, pop-ups, stakeholder presentations, and conversations with transit riders.
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+ What public engagement activities have been completed so far?
As part of the initial round of outreach on the Concept Plan, the Partner Agencies:
- Presented to the City’s Diridon Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG) on Oct. 18, 2018 (Click here to go to SAAG meeting page).
- Held a Community Kick-off Meeting on Dec. 10, 2018
- Supported SJSU Master’s of Urban Planning capstone class project on Diridon Station, which included focus groups of community leaders and an interactive event on Dec. 1, 2018
On January 31, 2019, the Partner Agencies presented an update on the Concept Plan to the Diridon Station Joint Policy Advisory Board, an advisory committee administered by VTA. The agenda, staff memo, comment letters, and powerpoint are available here: JPAB Update on the Concept Plan (January 2019).
The Partner Agencies provided brief updates on the Concept Plan at the following meetings (click on links to see the meeting materials):
- February 5: City of San Jose City Council
- February 7: Caltrain Board of Directors
- February 7: VTA Board of Directors
+ What will the Concept Plan include?
The Concept Plan will include two components: 1) a spatial configuration that shows how the various track and station elements will fit together and relate to the surrounding neighborhood 2) a governing structure to effectively deliver the shared vision for the station and operate it over the long-term. The Concept Plan will primarily address the station and its interface with the urban fabric. The major elements include the:
- tracks and platform configuration;
- station location and layout;
- access to the station by various transportation options (such as walking and bus);
- integration with the surrounding area; and
- passenger flows to, from, and through the station.
The Concept Plan will focus on the functionality of the station, rather than its architectural appearance. Later phases of work will include detailed design and engineering, as well as environmental review. The Concept Plan is not planning for the specific land uses or buildings in the area; however, the City of San José will conduct separate engagement activities related to future development.
+ How can I learn more about the Concept Plan and Related Projects?
- Fact Sheet
- Video of the presentation to the City’s SAAG on October 18th
- Preliminary Vision and Key Objectives for the Concept Plan handout
- What we heard from Previous Efforts handout: This document summarizes previous planning efforts and the most relevant input received during the City’s 2018 civic engagement process on the Diridon Station Area.
The Partner Agencies are providing an update to the City’s Station Area Advisory Group on March 11 and hosting a Community Meeting on March 25. See details under + Upcoming Events and Other News.