EUGENE, Ore.-- Lane Transit District began boarding bus passengers at the new Santa Clara Station on Sunday. The construction for this project began last May.
“We have six new bus bays, including one bus bay set aside for our paratransit service. Also, there’s 16 bus lockers,” said Lane Transit District spokesperson Pat Walsh. “We think this is really going to become a cornerstone for the Santa Clara neighborhood.”
Walsh said Lane Transit District bought the area during the recession and with the help of federal, state and local grants, built the new station. The total budget for this project was $10.3 million.
The new station is located on River Road between Green Lane and Hunsaker Lane in North Eugene. It replaces the River Road Station south of Beltline Road, which will no longer be in service starting Sunday.
Local residents expressed mixed feelings about the Santa Clara Station.
“I’m happy to see more opportunities for housing,” Eugene resident Jody Parrish said. “I honestly don’t quite understand the need for this station. But I’m not against it.”
KEZI 9 News viewers also gave their thoughts.
“I’d rather see the money go towards improving the Beltline,” one Facebook user said.
“No one in the Santa Clara area wanted this,” another Facebook user said.
Officials said Lane Transit District bought the area during the recession. Around three out of eight acres were used for the new station.
A plaque honoring Irene Ferguson, a pedestrian who died in a vehicle crash in Santa Clara back in 2019, is permanently installed at the new station.