More funds have been secured for the Sacramento Valley Station redevelopment plan, a vision to shape the city’s historic transit hub and seventh busiest Amtrak station in the country into a dense pedestrian-oriented destination. The State awarded $42 million to the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority to fund the new bus depot, part of the early phasing for construction.
The funds are expected to go towards a new bus depot and mobility hub at Valley Station. The bus depot, with an estimated cost of $140 million, will be part of the decade-long plan to connect the train stop to light rail, buses, and bicycle networks. The most significant addition will be a long canopy-capped concourse directing passengers from the station to the train tracks. A conceptual site-map envisions mid-rise and high-rise housing immediately beside the transit plaza. West of the transit center, landscaping and open-air amenities will populate the pathway to the Sacramento River.
The initial concept plan was finished in 2018. After that, the Station Area Plan with compelling renderings was published in mid-2021, revealing the work of Perkins&Will with ARUP, Grimshaw Architects, EPS, AIM Consulting, and the city. The project spans a triangular 31-acre area between Old Sacramento, the railyards district, and Downtown. Its central location allows to imagine a grand gateway for sustainable transit to the State Capitol.
The bus depot is just one of a slew of projects needed before construction can even start with the transit center. In reporting by Emily Hamann for the Sacramento Business Journal, the city wrote that funding for a new storm drain line was pivotal to redirecting the site’s existing stormwater retention. Sacramento’s regional transit district will need to reroute light rail tracks behind the station too. An ambitious timeline is set to start construction by 2027 or 2028.