Public Input Requested for Future Goleta Train Depot

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.

You can provide input by reviewing the slide deck on our website featuring the design concepts, site plan, building floorplan layout and three roadway designs, and then taking our survey; both are available at The survey will be available to take until June 19. The City held a Zoom presentation on June 3 to review and discuss the three concept designs. If you missed the meeting, you can watch a recording here.

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.