Diridon Station

Cross section graphic of VTA's Diridon BART Station. Riders enter the station at street level, use elevators or escalators to go underground, and board BART trains under Santa Clara Street
Conceptual rendering of VTA's Diridon BART Station. Subject to change.

The Diridon Station will be between Montgomery and Cahill Streets, on the south side of Santa Clara Street.

Ticketing, fare gates, and bicycle facilities will be at street-level while the station’s concourse and stacked platforms will be underground. On the east and west ends of the platform, emergency egress and ventilation facilities will be constructed. Pedestrian connections will be provided to the current Diridon Caltrain Station and VTA’s Diridon Light Rail Station as well as the future Diridon Intermodal Station. The station area will be integrated with surrounding mixed-use development, including Google’s Downtown West, creating a well thought-out transit-oriented community.

Map of VTA's Diridon BART Station. The station entrance building will be on the southside of Santa Clara Street between Cahill and Montgomery Streets. Platforms will be underground. Future potential transit-oriented development may be built on-top of the station entrance building or behind it.

In addition to future BART service, the station serves passengers with a wide array of transit options, including Caltrain, ACE, Capital Corridor, Amtrak, bus, and light rail. With future electrified Caltrain and High Speed Rail service planned, Diridon Station is being considered the “Grand Central Station of the West”.   

The Diridon Station’s lower platform will be 90’ deep, and the upper level will be 71' deep. For comparison, there are many stations across the county with deeper platforms, including in Washington DC; New York City, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Union City, New Jersey; Dallas, Texas; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington and closer to home in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The Diridon Station area is poised to be the next dense residential and employment center of central San José and is home to both the San José Sharks and other entertainment offerings at the SAP Center.  To the west of the station, The Alameda’s tree-lined sidewalks welcome pedestrians to shops and restaurants.  

A separate planning effort is underway, in partnership with the City of San José, Caltrain, California High Speed Rail and VTA to ensure that Diridon Station is designed to handle the volume of traffic that is anticipated in the coming decades.  For more information on the Diridon Station Integrated Concept Plan effort, please visit diridonsj.org

VTA's Diridon Station At A Glance: 9,900 weekday passengers by 2040, will be served by 10 regional transit services, adjacent to SAP Center, in the heart of the Downtown West development, and within walking distance to The Alameda's shops and restaurants

 

Timeline

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VTA Board approved Phase II Project, including selection of Diridon Station location
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BART Board approved Phase II Project, including selection of Diridon Station location
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FTA issued Record of Decision for Phase II Environmental Document
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Geotechnical and utility field investigations began
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VTA awarded General Engineering Consultant contract to Mott MacDonald/PGH Wong
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BART Silicon Valley Phase II Project Advances with Two Milestones
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The BART Silicon Valley Extension into Downtown San Jose and Santa Clara is moving forward with two critical milestones achieved this week. The Project has advanced to the final step in the...
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In June 2021, VTA initiated the first phase of station-specific BART Phase II Design Review Committees (DRCs). The purpose of the DRCs is to provide an opportunity for community and local government partners to provide input to the BART Phase II project team regarding select visual elements for each of the four stations. Such elements include types of material finishes used and areas for future art installations and/or cultural features.

Development of the initial aesthetic concepts used for this first phase of the DRCs was based on feedback received to date on the project through the environmental process, public and stakeholder meetings and workshops, and Community Working Group meetings. The DRCs for each station are comprised of leaders of local community organizations and staff from the cities of San José and Santa Clara. Community feedback was gathered online and via in-person events in September 2021.

The project team will consider and appropriately incorporate input received during the DRC Community Engagement period. This information will then be provided into the Phase II Project’s RFP to be released in 2022. 

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As of September 2021, this is the current estimated timeline for earliest commencement of major construction activities. This timeline is approximate and to be used only for planning purposes. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

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