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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 City of Sacramento received a State grant to initiate a high-level conceptual master plan process. The goal of the SVS site master plan is to define two initial options for an expanded regional transportation hub. The site will integrate transit-oriented development and catalyze a sustainable downtown Sacramento community. Both plans 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.

After the conclusion of the initial phase master planning process in December 2017, the two conceptual alternatives will move forward with further public process to 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.



Community Involvement


The City of Sacramento hosted a community workshop for the Sacramento Valley Station Master Plan on Monday, October 16 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Green Room in the Sacramento Valley Station, located at 401 I Street.  Special remarks by Congresswoman Doris Matsui (invited) and Mayor Darrell Steinberg began at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation by the project team.  The project team presented the two design concepts included in the draft master plan for the community to review and provide input on.  City staff and project team members were available to answer questions.


The City of Sacramento hosted a pop-up workshop at the Sacramento Valley Station on Friday, August 25 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Participants were given the opprtunity to preview design concepts and share their thoughts. For those who could not attend, the City also hosted an online virtual community workshop from Wednesday, August 16 through Wednesday, August 30. Below are links to summaries for the pop-up workshop and the online community questionnaire.

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!

In March 2017, the City hosted two stakeholder focus group meetings with representatives from placemaking and mobility groups to discuss existing conditions, opportunities, and constraints at the Sacramento Valley Station Master Planning site. Below are links to the meeting summaries.

The City hosted a pop-up workshop on March 31, 2017 and an online community questionnaire between March 31 through April 14, 2017 to gather input from transit riders and community members about current activity at the station and what they would like to see at the Sacramento Valley Station Master Planning site in the future.  Below are links to summaries for the pop-up workshop and the online community questionnaire.

In June 2017 the City held a third stakeholder focus group meeting with representatives from both placemaking and mobility groups to present and gather input on draft preliminary concepts for the master plan.  Below is a link to the meeting presentation