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 next meeting of the Diridon Joint Policy Advisory Board (JPAB) is scheduled for November 15, 2019 at 3:00 PM in the VTA Auditorium located at 3331 North First Street, San José. The JPAB is an advisory committee administered by VTA. Additional information and agendas are available here.
+ 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. Visit the Contact page to sign up for email updates, submit a comment, or request a presentation to a community group. You may also email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ What public engagement activities have been completed so far?
As part of the first 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
- 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
As part of the second round of outreach on the Concept Plan, the Partner Agencies:
- Presented an update to the Diridon Station Joint Policy Advisory Board on January 31, 2019. The JPAB is an advisory committee administered by VTA. The agenda, staff memo, comment letters, and powerpoint are available here.
- Provided brief updates on the Concept Plan at the following meetings (click on links to see the meeting materials):
- Presented an update to the City’s Diridon Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG) on March 11, 2019
- Held a Community Meeting on March 25, 2019 (click here to view event page)
- Gathered input through a short online survey from June 15 through July 4, 2019 on priorities for the station, thoughts on the possible layouts, and any other comments or questions about the Concept Plan. A summary of the input gathered will be available soon.
These events were intended to provide updated information on the Concept Plan, increase awareness of the planning process and project scope, and get feedback from community members for the Partner Agencies to consider as they prepare the Concept Plan. The first round of outreach asked for feedback on the initial high-level vision and key objectives for the future station, while the second round asked for feedback on preliminary concepts and a potential evaluation framework for narrowing down the concepts to a single preferred layout. Refer to the "How can I learn more?" section below for the handouts and informational boards provided at the Community Meetings.
The third round of public outreach on the Concept Plan focused on three possible layouts for the future station, as summarized in this memo. The memo was provided to each of the four Partner Agency boards (including the San Jose City Council) in May 2019, and is available to download in Spanish and Vietnamese. The third round included the following activities:
- An update to the Diridon Station Joint Policy Advisory Board (JPAB) on Friday, May 17.
- An update to the City’s Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG) on Wednesday, May 22. Visit the SAAG page to see the presentation, video of the meeting, and handouts.
- A Community Meeting #3 hosted by the Partner Agencies on Monday, June 10 at the Gardner Community Center and in Spanish on Wednesday, June 26 at the Roosevelt Community Center. Click here for the slideshow presentation and the meeting summary.
- An update to the San José City Council on June 4
- An update to the Caltrain Board of Directors on June 6
- An update to the High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors on June 18
- June 21: VTA Board of Directors
- Pop-ups (informational tables) outside Diridon Station on Thursday, June 6 and Thursday, June 13 in the evening commute hours.
This memo was provided to the City’s Diridon Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG): Update memo on the Diridon Integrated Station Concept Plan (August 22, 2019). It summarizes the community input received during the third round of outreach, work completed since May 2019, and next steps.
A fourth round of public outreach was recently completed to report back on community input and progress completed. This included an update on the Concept Plan to the Diridon Station Joint Policy Advisory Board on August 30, 2019, the Partner Agencies presented. The agenda and presentations are available here.
The Partner Agencies also hosted a Community Workshop to explore the “big moves” of the future station’s spatial design on Monday, September 23 at 6:00 PM at Poor House Bistro’s Studio (91 S Autumn St, San José). The “big moves” are the vertical position of the station platforms, location of the station entrances, and track approaches. Click here for the presentation and the event flyer in English and Spanish.
The Partner Agencies are planning to conduct the next round of outreach later this fall. The aim is to complete a Draft Vision (including a single layout to advance into the next phase of work) by the end of 2019. See Upcoming Events and Other News above for information on public meetings that have been scheduled.
+ 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 March 11, 2019
- What we heard from Previous Efforts handout (December 10, 2018)
- Preliminary Concepts handout/board (March 25, 2019)
- Potential Evaluation Framework handout/board (March 25, 2019)
The Partner Agencies hosted a Community Workshop to explore the “big moves” of the future station’s spatial design on Monday, September 23 at Poor House Bistro. Here is a PDF of the presentation.