Lane Transit District's New Santa Clara Station
Rowell Brokaw has been working with Lane Transit District (LTD) to plan and design Santa Clara Transit Station, a new bus terminal serving Northwest Eugene.
The new station will replace the existing River Road Station, which is situated between the Randy Pape Beltline on-ramp and a busy intersection on River Road. Due to its congested location, the current station experiences delays and inefficiencies that LTD hopes to address by relocating to a new site slightly north of Beltline on River Road.
In anticipation of increasing demand for public transit and multi-modal transportation, the new station will provide 6 bus bays around a central platform with covered shelters for riders, a park-and-ride lot with a drop-off and pick-up zone, bicycle parking, and a small support building for bus drivers.
Safety, security, efficiency, and a strong sense of community identity are among the team’s top considerations for the project, and its design and location contribute in improving River Road as a vibrant neighborhood connector. Locating the station with direct views to and from River Road was a driving feature in the site layout to ensure the station will be well connected to this growing corridor. The design seeks to streamline access and circulation for buses by providing a dedicated turnout lane off River Road into the station, enabling traffic to move continuously and creating shorter layover durations. The site design includes treatment of all stormwater onsite, stormwater retention of up to 10-year flood conditions within its boundaries, and small, plaza-like spaces with integrated landscape across the site.
LTD and the design team presented their schematic design publicly at the Santa Clara Neighborhood Applicant meeting in December and received an overall positive response from residents and business owners. The schematic design phase will conclude with a Planned Unit Development submission in mid-February.