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Santa Barbara is a passenger rail station in Santa Barbara, California, served by two Amtrak lines, the Coast Starlight and the Pacific Surfliner. The Coast Starlight runs once daily in each direction between Los Angeles, California and Seattle, Washington. The Pacific Surfliner trains serving this station run ten times daily (five in each direction) between San Diego, California and the Santa Barbara suburb of Goleta, with two of those running in each direction to/from San Luis Obispo further to the north. The station is fully staffed with ticketing and checked-baggage services. This Station is located in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara, CA
Location 209 State Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
United States
Owned by Redevelopment Agency of the City of Santa Barbara
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Thruway Motorcoach, MTD Downtown Shuttle
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code SBA
Opened 1902
Rebuilt 2000
Passengers (2017) 341,899[1]Increase 1.13% (Amtrak)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Seattle
Coast Starlight
toward Los Angeles
Pacific Surfliner
Southern Pacific Train Depot
Santa Barbara station is located in California
Santa Barbara station
Site of station in California
Santa Barbara station is located in the US
Santa Barbara station
Santa Barbara station (the US)
Location 209 State St., Santa Barbara, California
Coordinates 34°24′49″N 119°41′30″W / 34.41361°N 119.69167°W / 34.41361; -119.69167
Area 4 acres (1.6 ha)
Built 1905
Architect Wilson, Francis W.
Architectural style Mission/Spanish Revival
NRHP reference # 06000658[2]
Added to NRHP August 2, 2006



1910 postcard

The station was built in 1902 by the Southern Pacific Railroad in the Spanish Mission Revival Style. Design work was by Santa Barbara architect Francis W. Wilson.[3] It is located within walking distance of Santa Barbara Harbor, Stearns Wharf and State Street, Santa Barbara's main thoroughfare. The historic depot was renovated in 2000; the project included the restoration of the ticket office and upgrades to the plumbing, electrical and heating and cooling systems.[4]

Due to the length of the platform, when Amtrak's Coast Starlight train is stopped, it blocks the two streets to the north and south of the depot.[5]

Of the 74 California stations served by Amtrak, Santa Barbara was the 15th-busiest in FY2012, boarding or detraining an average of approximately 834 passengers daily, and serving a total of 304,382 passengers in FY2012.[6]

The station was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 2, 2006.[2]

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  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2017, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Starr, Kevin (1991). Material Dreams: Southern California Through the 1920s. Oxford University Press. p. 260. ISBN 978-0-19-507260-0. 
  4. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed February 20, 2013.
  5. ^ "Train Web: Santa Barbara". 
  6. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2012, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-11. 

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