Downtown San José Station

Downtown San José Station will be on Santa Clara Street with the main station entrance between Market and 1st Streets and the secondary entrance between 1st and 2nd Streets. An emergency egress and ventilation facility will be at the northwest corner of 3rd Street. Ticketing and fare gates will be at street-level at both entrances while the station’s concourse and stacked platforms will be underground.
Conceptual rendering of VTA's Downtown San Jose BART Station. Subject to change

Downtown San José Station will be on Santa Clara Street with the main station entrance between Market and 1st Streets and the secondary entrance between 1st and 2nd Streets. An emergency egress and ventilation facility will be at the northwest corner of 3rd Street. Ticketing and fare gates will be at street-level at both entrances while the station’s concourse and stacked platforms will be underground. There will be bicycle parking and convenient connections to VTA light rail and bus service on Santa Clara, 1st, and 2nd Streets. The station area is planned to be integrated with planned on-site...

Downtown San José Station will be on Santa Clara Street with the main station entrance between Market and 1st Streets and the secondary entrance between 1st and 2nd Streets. An emergency egress and ventilation facility will be at the northwest corner of 3rd Street. Ticketing and fare gates will be at street-level at both entrances while the station’s concourse and stacked platforms will be underground.
Conceptual rendering of VTA's Downtown San Jose BART Station. Subject to change

Downtown San José Station will be on Santa Clara Street with the main station entrance between Market and 1st Streets and the secondary entrance between 1st and 2nd Streets. An emergency egress and ventilation facility will be at the northwest corner of 3rd Street. Ticketing and fare gates will be at street-level at both entrances while the station’s concourse and stacked platforms will be underground. There will be bicycle parking and convenient connections to VTA light rail and bus service on Santa Clara, 1st, and 2nd Streets. The station area is planned to be integrated with planned on-site development, helping transition Downtown into a transit oriented community.

The Downtown San José Station’s lower platform will be 86’ deep, and the upper level will be 67’7” 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.

Map of VTA's Downtown San Jose BART Station. The primary station entrance building will be on the northside of Santa Clara Street between Market and 1st Streets. The secondary station entrance building will be between 1st and 2nd Streets. An emergency egress and ventilation facility will be at the northwest corner of 3rd and Santa Clara Streets. Platforms will be underground, and future potential transit-oriented development may be built within the construction staging area.

San José’s Downtown is home to over 250 restaurants, nine theater venues, numerous art galleries, and many event venues that host unique festivals and special events. The Downtown Area includes San José State University, San José City Hall, the artsy SoFA district, the bustling San Pedro Square, the Convention Center, and the Cultural District.  

In recent years, San José’s Downtown has seen a resurgence with additional innovative tech companies, local retail and restaurants, and multiple residential towers. All this and more will be accessible and within walking distance from the future Downtown San José Station. 

VTA's Downtown San Jose BART Station At a Glance: 27,900 weekday passengers in 2040, hundreds of multicultural restaurants within walking distance, within walking distance to San Jose Station University, center of Silicon Valley's business district, and surrounded by numerous art and event venues

Timeline

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Environmental Clearance
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VTA Board approved Phase II Project, including selection of the Downtown San José station location
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BART Board approved Phase II Project, including selection of the Downtown San José station location
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FTA issued Record of Decision for Phase II Environmental Document
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Design and Engineering
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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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Downtown San Jose Station Design Review Committee
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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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