Diridon Station

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San Jose Diridon
Amtrak, Caltrain, ACE, and VTA station
Diridon Station San Jose November-2005.jpg
Diridon Station at night, November 2005
Station statistics
Address 65 Cahill Street
San Jose, California 95110
Coordinates 37°19′48″N 121°54′11″W / 37.330°N 121.903°W / 37.330; -121.903Coordinates: 37°19′48″N 121°54′11″W / 37.330°N 121.903°W / 37.330; -121.903
Line(s) Amtrak Caltrain
  Local service
  Limited-stop service
ACE
  ACE
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light rail
Connections

VTA Bus Routes 22, 63, 64, 65, 68, 168, 180, 181, 522, DASH
Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach
Route: 6 Stockton-San Jose

California Shuttle Bus
San Francisco-Los Angeles
Platforms 1 side platform, 2 island platforms (Amtrak/Caltrain/ACE)
2 side platforms (VTA Light Rail)
Tracks 6 (Amtrak/Caltrain/ACE)
2 (VTA Light Rail)
Parking $4.00 a space per day (Caltrain only)
Bicycle facilities Racks available (Caltrain)
Other information
Opened December 1935 (SP)
1987 (Caltrain)
1998 (ACE)
2005 (VTA Extension)
Rebuilt 1996
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code SJC (Amtrak)
SJD (ACE)
Owned by Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board
Fare zone 4 (Caltrain)
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 258,776[1] Increase 10.2% (Amtrak)
Passengers (2014) 3,714 per weekday[2] Increase 6.4% (Caltrain)
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Seattle
Coast Starlight
toward Los Angeles
toward Auburn
Capitol Corridor Terminus
Caltrain logo.svg Caltrain
Local service
toward Tamien
Gilroy during peak hours
(weekday limited service)
Limited-stop service
toward Tamien
Gilroy during peak hours
Limited-stop service
Baby Bullet Terminus
Baby Bullet
Peak, Pattern B
Terminus
Altamont Corridor Express
toward Stockton
ACE Terminus
Santa Clara VTA logo.svg VTA Light Rail
Mountain View–Winchester
toward Winchester
Southern Pacific Depot
Diridon Station San Jose.JPG
Daytime Photo of Diridon Station
Diridon Station is located in California
Diridon Station
Location San Jose, California
Coordinates 37°19′48″N 121°54′9″W / 37.33000°N 121.90250°W / 37.33000; -121.90250
Built 1935
Architect John H. Christie
Architectural style Italian Renaissance Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 93000274 [3]
Added to NRHP April 1, 1993

Diridon Station (formerly the Cahill Depot or the Southern Pacific Depot; also known as San Jose Caltrain Station, San Jose Diridon or Downtown San Jose-Diridon Station) is the central passenger rail depot for San Jose, California. It also serves as a transit hub for Santa Clara County and the Silicon Valley.

The station is served by Caltrain, ACE, VTA light rail, Amtrak. This is in addition to California Shuttle Bus, Amtrak Thruway Bus, Monterey-Salinas Transit, San Benito Transit, Santa Cruz Metro (Highway 17 Express), SMART, local VTA and employer shuttles and buses. It is to have Bay Area Rapid Transit service when the Silicon Valley BART extension is complete and is to be preceded by a Downtown San Jose BART station.[4]

The station is on the Union Pacific Coast Line tracks (formerly Southern Pacific) at 65 Cahill Street in San Jose. The depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its Italian Renaissance Revival style architectural and historical significance.

History[edit]

The Cahill Depot opened in December 1935. The opening of the depot was the culmination of a 30-year effort to relocate 4.5 miles (7.2 km) of the Coast Line of the Southern Pacific Railroad away from the heavy traffic of the downtown area around the Market Street Depot, located at Market and Bassett Streets, to the eastern edge of Willow Glen, an industrial area in the 19th century and the former location of rail facilities belonging to other railroads, in 1935. The new depot replaced the Fourth Street line's station.

The Cahill Depot was a stop for several Southern Pacific passenger trains, including the famous San FranciscoLos Angeles train, the Coast Daylight. Other "named" trains that used the station were the all first-class Lark, and the Del Monte. Amtrak took over long distance passenger train service in 1971, and Caltrain equipment replaced all SP passenger equipment on the Peninsula Commute in 1985.

Restoration of the station was finished in 1994, when the station was renamed Diridon Station in honor of former Santa Clara County Supervisor Rod Diridon.[5]

In 1996, Santa Clara County voters approved a half cent sales tax to fund the 1996 Measure B Transportation Improvement Project. Part of this project was the construction of the Vasona Light Rail extension which included a VTA light rail platform at the Diridon train depot.[6] The official opening date for this light rail extension was October 1, 2005, however, revenue service at the San Fernando and Diridon Stations began on July 29, 2005 to accommodate attendees of the inaugural San Jose Grand Prix race.

The passenger platform is featured in the opening scene of Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie (1964) as representing the Hartford, Connecticut train station. Margaret (Marnie) Edgar (Tippi Hedren) is seen walking down the platform, back to the camera with a yellow purse tucked under her left arm and carrying a suitcase with her right, setting down the suitcase and waiting for her train to arrive.

California Shuttle Bus runs from San Francisco and Oakland to Los Angeles.

The BART station will be called Diridon/Arena and will be located between the Santa Clara and Alum Rock stations with direct service to Santa Clara, San Francisco/Daly City, and Richmond.

Ridership[edit]

Of Amtrak's 74 California stations, San Jose was the 19th-busiest in FY2010, boarding or detraining an average of approximately 643 passengers daily.[7]

Architecture[edit]

The depot is in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, with a three-story central section flanked by two-story wings. The building, a compilation of rectangular sections, is 390 feet (118 m) long and 40 feet to 78 feet (12 to 24 m) wide. The central section, which contains the passenger waiting room, measures 40 by 80 feet (12 by 25 m) and is 33 feet (10 m) high. The high center pavilion housing the waiting room is constructed of steel columns and trusses. The side wings are framed with wood. The exterior walls are clad with tapestry brick or varied colors and arranged in an English bond pattern. The depot is in an industrial area formerly dominated by warehouses and related commercial businesses. Several vernacular sheds, a water tower, butterfly passenger sheds and the nearby Alameda underpass are all contributing buildings and structures within the railroad station.

The building was designed by Southern Pacific architect, John H. Christie, who had worked on the Southern Pacific remodeling of the Fresno depot in 1915 and later, in 1939, worked on Union Station in Los Angeles. This depot is one of only four Italian Renaissance Revival style depots in California, and the largest surviving depot of the San Francisco–San Jose line. The only other large depot built in California during the 1930s was the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal.

Platforms and tracks[edit]

ACE/Amtrak/Caltrain platforms ACE toward Stockton (Santa Clara)
Capitol Corridor toward Auburn (Santa Clara)
Coast Starlight toward Seattle (Oakland–Jack London Square)
Coast Starlight toward Los Angeles (Salinas)
Caltrain: Local service toward San Francisco (College Park or Santa Clara)
Caltrain: Local service toward Gilroy (Tamien)
Caltrain: Limited-stop service toward San Francisco (Santa Clara or Sunnyvale)
Caltrain: Limited-stop service toward Tamien, Gilroy during peak hours (Tamien)
Caltrain: Baby Bullet toward San Francisco (Sunnyvale or Mountain View)
Caltrain: Baby Bullet, Peak Pattern B toward Tamien (Terminus)
VTA platform Mountain View–Winchester toward Mountain View (San Fernando)
Mountain View–Winchester toward Winchester (Race)

Transit connections[edit]

Possible California High-Speed Rail and future BART service[edit]

The San Jose Diridon station is planned as a future station for the California High-Speed Rail and second phase of BART extension in Santa Clara County. BART is planned to be in a subway station adjacent to the train station and Santa Clara Street. The high-speed rail track and platform locations have not been determined yet. The BART line will lie between the Santa Clara and Downtown San Jose BART stations with direct service to Santa Clara, San Francisco and Richmond.[4]

If these plans are completed, Diridon Station would offer connections between Caltrain, high-speed rail, Amtrak's Capitol Corridor and Coast Starlight lines, ACE, and VTA light rail and buses, and BART.

The City of San Jose has brought in the Harvard University Graduate School of Design to assist in considering transportation and urban planning issues surrounding such a large-scale transit hub. The group will be led by a professor with experience directing urban planning projects in Dubai, Moscow, Budapest, Seoul, Buenos Aires and Bilbao. The results of 12 graduate student studies will be made available to the city for inclusion in its official planning process for the expansion of the Diridon Station and surroundings.[8]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 California Report". Amtrak. Retrieved 09 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Caltrain. "February 2014 Caltrain Annual Passenger Counts". Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2006-03-15. 
  4. ^ a b BART Silicon Valley Fact Sheet. VTA - BART Silicon Valley, 2011.
  5. ^ http://www.caltrain.com/caltrain_history.html
  6. ^ "Vasona Project Description". Completed projects. Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  7. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2012, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-11. 
  8. ^ "Diridon Station to Be Focus of Harvard Design Group". MarketWatch. 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Park Service.