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How Placemaking Can Transform Transit Facilities into Vibrant Destinations

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Title: How Placemaking Can Transform Transit Facilities into Vibrant Destinations
Track: Prosper, Place
Format: 60 minute panel
Abstract: A transit station or stop can serve much more than a transportation function; it can be a focal setting for community interaction and a place that fosters a diversity of activities. Learn about opportunities for Placemaking at transit stops that creates a win-win-win for ridership, economic development, and local communities.

Presenters:
Presenter: Cynthia Nikitin Project for Public Spaces, Inc.
Co-Presenter: Jennifer Flynn Center for Urban Transportation Research, USF
Co-Presenter: David Nelson Project for Public Spaces, Inc.

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How Placemaking Can Transform Transit Facilities into Vibrant Destinations

  1. 1. How Placemaking Transforms Transit Facilities Into Places Presented by Cynthia Nikitin, Senior VP PPS Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place September 10 2014
  2. 2. We shape our buildings and thereafter, our buildings shape us. – Winston Churchill Rahway, NJ
  3. 3. We shape our transportation systems and thereafter, our transportation shapes us. — Transportation and Livable Communities Consortium Sidney Australia
  4. 4. Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  5. 5. Corpus Christi TX Ad for Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard
  6. 6. What Makes a Great Transit Place? sociability uses & activities access & linkages comfort & image Welcoming evening use volunteerism street life transit usage parking usage patterns pedestrian activity Walkable Convenient Accessible Charm Clean Attractive Historic Safe building conditions environmental data sanitation rating crime stats Cooperative Neighborly property values land-use patterns retail sales business ownership Special Real Fun Active Vital Connected Key Attributes Intangibles Measurements PLACE
  7. 7. The Placemaking Process Around Transit Los Angeles CA
  8. 8. Before After
  9. 9. Twenty Strategies For Transforming Transit Facilities into Places
  10. 10. Rail stations and bus stops can serve as community destinations while providing comfort and convenience for transit passengers 1
  11. 11. Stations are designed, built, and managed as “Places” 2
  12. 12. Transit stops and stations are programmed venues for a wide range of community activities and events. 3
  13. 13. Amenities and retail are provided, such as newsstands, food vendors, shops, restrooms, and information kiosks that serve residents and commuters alike. Bradley Beach, NJ 4
  14. 14. Amenities are co-located, in centralized areas, to create synergy, enhance their impact, and maximize use. Belmont, CA 5
  15. 15. Transit facilities are attractive and visible from a distance. 6 6
  16. 16. 7 Roads, streets, and transit stops function as public spaces that benefit communities socially, economically, and environmentally.
  17. 17. Transit is planned as part of a transportation system linked to the street network. 11 8
  18. 18. Roadways adjacent to transit facilities are pedestrian-friendly boulevards. 9
  19. 19. 10 Transferring between train, buses, and cars is both convenient and pleasant.
  20. 20. Stops , stations , and transit vehicles are easily accessible to cyclists. 11
  21. 21. Streets that connect neighborhoods to transit facilities are attractive, comfortable, and safe to cross. Colma, CA 12
  22. 22. Signage and information helps people find their way to the correct bus or train and destination, and promotes local businesses and attractions. 13
  23. 23. Grade-separation projects create connections, rather than barriers, for a community. San Carlos, CA 14
  24. 24. Neighborhoods are inclusive and accessible to all. 19 15
  25. 25. 16 Transit links and is serves community anchors and destinations
  26. 26. Mixed use buildings constructed proximate to transit facilities combine housing and commercial activity with active ground floor uses. 17
  27. 27. Parking facilities are priced and managed effectively, designed to be less visually intrusive, and accommodate shared use. 18
  28. 28. New parks and plazas are created as part of transit- oriented development projects. 19
  29. 29. Zoning codes, local land use ordinances and design guidelines encourage the building of pedestrian-oriented buildings that combine housing and commercial uses. South San Francisco 20
  30. 30. Benefits of Transforming Transit Facilities into Vibrant Destinations Transit stations become community assets and destinations Station areas become more desirable as places to live and operate businesses Real estate near train stations becomes more valuable Opportunities arise for partnering with other agencies, cities and civic groups Transit investments and assets are leveraged to achieve broad community benefits Pressure to increase parking capacity is reduced Ridership increases – alleviating auto dependence A sense of ownership is generated by the community
  31. 31. PLACEMAKING: MAKING IT HAPPEN October 8 – 10 | New York City HOW TO CREATE SUCCESSFUL MARKETS October 17 – 18 | New York City 9TH INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC MARKETS CONFERENCE March 26-28, 2015 | Barcelona pps.org/training
  32. 32. www.pps.org @CynthiaNikitin Cnikitin@pps.org
  33. 33. What Makes a Great Transit Place? sociability uses & activities access & linkages comfort & image Welcoming evening use volunteerism street life transit usage parking usage patterns pedestrian activity Walkable Convenient Accessible Charm Clean Attractive Historic Safe building conditions environmental data sanitation rating crime stats Cooperative Neighborly property values land-use patterns retail sales business ownership Special Real Fun Active Vital Connected Key Attributes Intangibles Measurements PLACE
  34. 34. •Welcoming •Interactive •Neighborliness •Pride •Diversity •Stewardship Sociability
  35. 35. Public Art Seattle Seattle
  36. 36. Public Art Seattle
  37. 37. Public Art Pheonix Scottsdale, Az
  38. 38. Saint Paul, Minnesota
  39. 39. •Attractive •Inviting •Usable •Historic •“Green” •Friendly Comfort & Image
  40. 40. Structure should be transparent
  41. 41. Shelter size should meet user volume
  42. 42. Provide waiting areas outside of shelters
  43. 43. Provide updated route and area maps
  44. 44. Minimize conflicts between passengers and pedestrians
  45. 45. Ensure adequate sidewalk widths to accommodate all uses/users
  46. 46. Provide Full Range of Amenities
  47. 47. Recycling Bin - Cemusa Public Toilet – Pittsburgh - Adshel
  48. 48. Introduce pedestrian lighting to increase safety
  49. 49. •Fun/Vital •Active •Indigenous •Sustainable •Affordable •Challenging Uses & Activities
  50. 50. Prague
  51. 51. Vienna
  52. 52. Vienna
  53. 53. Paris, France
  54. 54. Lyon, France
  55. 55. Amsterdam
  56. 56. Chur, Switzerland
  57. 57. Falls Church, New Zealand
  58. 58. Lisbon, Portugal
  59. 59. Johannesburg South Africa
  60. 60. Portland, Oregon
  61. 61. Shelter Designs - Adshel Liverpool London
  62. 62. Shelter Designs - Cemusa San Sebastian, Spain Spain
  63. 63. Shelter Designs - Cemusa Barcelona Bilbao
  64. 64. JCDecaux Paris
  65. 65. Quennel Rothchild Associates New Haven, CT Richard Dattner Architects New York, NY
  66. 66. New Haven, CT
  67. 67. Vancouver, Canada
  68. 68. Corpus Christi, Texas
  69. 69. San Francisco, California
  70. 70. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  71. 71. Copenhagen, Denmark
  72. 72. Denmark
  73. 73. Stockholm, Sweden
  74. 74. San Sebastion, Spain
  75. 75. Madrid, Spain
  76. 76. Barcelona, Spain
  77. 77. Vienna, Austria
  78. 78. Brussels, Belgium
  79. 79. Shrewsbury, England
  80. 80. Malmo, Sweden
  81. 81. Berlin, Germany
  82. 82. Paris, France

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