What is the Diridon Station Area?
The Diridon Station Area is the area roughly within a ½-mile radius around Diridon Station (approximately 500 acres of land).
Diridon Station is already a major transit hub. Passenger rail service includes CalTrain commuter trains, Altamont Commuter Express (ACE), and Amtrak long distance trains. Local transit services include VTA light rail and a bus transit hub.
Future additions, including a BART station, an airport connection, and the San Jose station for the California High Speed Rail service, will make Diridon station one of the premiere transportation hubs in the western United States.
What's going on? Where can I get information?
The city of San Jose has started a planning process for the Diridon Station Area. The objective of this process is to create a vision and framework for higher intensity/transit-oriented development (TOD) in the area. It includes developing a Station Area Plan with related transit and station-area planning activities. The process involves the creation of several scenarios for the appropriate expansion of the existing Diridon Station to embrace the possible future BART and HSR stations, and sets forth recommendations for a land use vision with implementation strategies, and transit-oriented design guidelines. Diridon Station is planned to have enhanced multimodal network connections to support a 24-hour/7-day-a-week commercial and entertainment center as part of the expanded Downtown Core.
More information is at the web site for the Diridon Station Plan.
Is San Jose alone in doing something like this?
No. Many cities in California see the opportunity created by the High Speed rail project, and are planning to develop the areas around their stations as 21st century neighborhoods.
San Francisco plans to use the TransBay Center as the catalyst and heart of a large new downtown transit-friendly neighborhood, with homes, offices, parks and shops. The Redevelopment Plan will facilitate the development of nearly 2,600 new homes (35 percent of which will be affordable), 3 million square feet of new office and commercial space and 100,000 square feet of retail. The buildings will include townhouses, low- and mid-rise buildings and slender high-rise towers spaced apart to provide sunlight to proposed new plazas, parks and widened sidewalks.