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 Diridon Station Joint Policy Advisory Board (JPAB) will receive an update on the Concept Plan on Friday, May 17 at 3:00 at VTA River Oaks Auditorium. The presentation will include an overview of possible configurations for the future station.
The Partner Agencies will provide a similar presentation to the City’s Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG) on May 22.
+ 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 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)
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.
+ 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 18, 2018
- Preliminary Vision and Key Objectives for the Concept Plan handout (December 10, 2018)
- What we heard from Previous Efforts handout (December 10, 2018): 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.
- Video of the presentation to the City's SAAG on March 11, 2019
- Concept Plan Overview and Context boards (updated March 25, 2019)
- Preliminary Concepts handout/board (March 25, 2019)
- Potential Evaluation Framework handout/board (March 25, 2019)
The Partner Agencies will provide an update to the Diridon Joint Policy Advisory Board on May 17 and to the City’s Station Area Advisory Group on May 22.