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Station Master Planning


Located in the northwest sector of downtown Sacramento, the Sacramento Valley Station (SVS) is the primary rail station in northern California and the seventh busiest station in the country. As downtown Sacramento becomes more densely populated and the Railyards district begins to develop, the Sacramento Valley Station will become a central destination for both community members and transit riders across the region.


Project Description

The goal of the SVS site master plan is define the alternatives for an expanded regional transportation hub. The site will integrate transit-oriented development and catalyze a sustainable downtown Sacramento community. The finished plan will lead to development of a transit center of infill and compact development, revitalized urban and community centers and reduced automobile usage and fuel consumption, and ultimately reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

At the conclusion of the initial phase master planning process, the conceptual alternatives will evolve into a “development plan” with implementation components and phases.


The master plan will be a key opportunity to set the stage for an expanded regional transportation hub, to integrate transit-oriented development and to envision conceptual alternatives that optimize the site and catalyze a sustainable community. The master plan will identify a strategic vision and tools necessary for development of the project area on a conceptual level. The development of a master plan will also position the City for funding opportunities.

Costs and Funding

The current phase of the master planning effort is funded by a Caltrans Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and Incentives Program (SCPGIP).

The overall budget for the initial phase is approximately $1 million (including consultant services, city expenses and other costs). The grant contributed approximately $500,000 and the remainder of the budget is provided by local funds.


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Community Involvement


The Sacramento Valley Station public outreach program will launch a dialogue with key stakeholders and City and Sacramento regional community members. The result: a shared vision for the SVS station area which leverages proximity to transit and fits within the context of Sacramento’s values. By engaging a range of professional and community groups and key stakeholders through specific outreach strategies, the public outreach program will inform the master plan and help shape the conceptual alternatives. Sign up to receive email updates!