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INFRASTRUCTURE + ART+ COMMUNITY: 
PUTTING THEM IN CONTEXT 
Focus on Urban Design Framework (UDF) 
for the 
CATS LYNX Blue ...
CATS LYNX Context & Ridership
LYNX Blue Line 
LYNX Blue Line 
• 9.6 miles 
• 15 stations 
• Opened 2007 
• +26,000 daily riders 
• Connects south side a...
Lynx Light Rail line 
South Blvd
• 11 Stations (7 walk-up / 4 park-and-ride) 
• Accommodates 3-car trains 
• Approximately 3,100 parking spaces 
• Congesti...
BLE Update 
Milestone Date 
State FFGA Executed March 2012 
Request to Enter Final Design March 2012 
FTA Approval to Ente...
• What is the UDF? 
– Incorporated into LYNX BLE Design Criteria 
• Provides broad guidance to mitigate visual impacts 
• ...
Urban Design Framework (UDF) 
• Designed to: 
– Integrate public art to mitigate visual impacts. 
– Leverage public art do...
UDF Guidelines Include: 
Walls and Bridges Fencing and Barriers 
Trackway/Pedestrian Crossings Embankments System Elements
Visibility 
Treatment Levels Based On: 
Land Use 
Adjacencies 
Pedestrian Proximity
APPLICATION OF THE URBAN DESIGN 
FRAMEWORK (UDF) 
CATS 
LYNX BLUE LINE EXTENSION 
TREATMENT EXAMPLES
Systems: Catenary System 
Galvanized 
Outside of Uptown, 
except at Stations 
Powder Coated and 
Galvanized 
Station Areas...
Systems: Traction Power Substations, Signal Houses & 
communication cabinets 
Standard - No Treatment 
Not visible from ri...
Systems: Traction Power Substations, Signal Houses & 
Communication Cabinets 
LYNX Blue Line 
Actual mitigation Treatment ...
STRUCTURES: FENCING 
Chainlink 
Black Vinyl Chainlink 
*Between Freight and LRT tracks 
*On top of tall walls (MSE) and ou...
STRUCTURES: FENCING 
Proposed BLE Art Treatment 
Old Concord Station Area 
© 2012 Chandra Cox & Susan Cannon
Structures: Segmental Block Walls 
Segmental Block walls are typically used for 
low walls (less than 5 ft). Mostly suppor...
Structures: Pile Panel Walls 
Pile Panel walls are used for many different 
applications where walls are between 5-16 ft t...
Structures: Cast in Place walls 
Secondary 
Art Treatment 
Standard 
Class 2 Surface Finish 
Primary 
Art Treatment 
Trap ...
Structures: MSE Walls 
Secondary 
Art Treatment 
Standard 
Class 2 Surface Finish 
Standard Precast Finish 
Primary 
Art T...
Structures: Bridges 
Primary 
Art Treatment 
Harris Blvd Bridge 
Leaf Railing Detail Pitcher Plant 
Bridge Pier
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 
CATS 
LYNX BLUE LINE EXTENSION
INFRASTRUCTURE + ART+ COMMUNITY: 
PUTTING THEM IN CONTEXT 
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 
Artist: Tom Thoune 
Infrastructure: 360’ ...
Thank You! 
www.charlotteplanning.org
RV 2014: Infrastructure + Art + Community. Putting Them in Context by Kathleen Cornett, AICP
RV 2014: Infrastructure + Art + Community. Putting Them in Context by Kathleen Cornett, AICP
RV 2014: Infrastructure + Art + Community. Putting Them in Context by Kathleen Cornett, AICP
RV 2014: Infrastructure + Art + Community. Putting Them in Context by Kathleen Cornett, AICP
RV 2014: Infrastructure + Art + Community. Putting Them in Context by Kathleen Cornett, AICP
RV 2014: Infrastructure + Art + Community. Putting Them in Context by Kathleen Cornett, AICP
RV 2014: Infrastructure + Art + Community. Putting Them in Context by Kathleen Cornett, AICP
RV 2014: Infrastructure + Art + Community. Putting Them in Context by Kathleen Cornett, AICP
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RV 2014: Infrastructure + Art + Community. Putting Them in Context by Kathleen Cornett, AICP

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Infrastructure + Art + Community: Putting Them in Context

What role does design play in creating and sustaining cultural values? How can we integrate the built environment and public art into planning, designing and implementing transit infrastructure? And vice versa? Let's break apart traditional design and engineering processes to see things in a new way: Each crack we make will shed new light on integrating infrastructure and cultural and public art initiatives.

Moderator: Jon Nouchi, Department Director Planning, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, Honolulu, Hawaii
Aki Marceau, AICP, Land Use and Sustainability Manager, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, Honolulu, Hawaii
Kathleen Cornett, AICP, Senior Planning Coordinator, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, Charlotte, North Carolina

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RV 2014: Infrastructure + Art + Community. Putting Them in Context by Kathleen Cornett, AICP

  1. 1. INFRASTRUCTURE + ART+ COMMUNITY: PUTTING THEM IN CONTEXT Focus on Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the CATS LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE) Rail~Volution September 22, 2014 Kathy Cornett, City of Charlotte Planning Department
  2. 2. CATS LYNX Context & Ridership
  3. 3. LYNX Blue Line LYNX Blue Line • 9.6 miles • 15 stations • Opened 2007 • +26,000 daily riders • Connects south side at Interstate 485 to Uptown Charlotte LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE) • 9.3 miles • 11 stations • Implementation 2017 • +25,000 daily riders • Connects Uptown Charlotte to UNC Charlotte
  4. 4. Lynx Light Rail line South Blvd
  5. 5. • 11 Stations (7 walk-up / 4 park-and-ride) • Accommodates 3-car trains • Approximately 3,100 parking spaces • Congestion-free commute • Connecting bus services BLE Profile • Convenient and safe station amenities for customers o Security features o Bicycle parking o Public art o Shelters, garbage cans, benches o Trees o Lighting o Ticket vending machines (TVMs) o Maps and schedules
  6. 6. BLE Update Milestone Date State FFGA Executed March 2012 Request to Enter Final Design March 2012 FTA Approval to Enter Final Design July 2012 Federal FFGA Signed October 2012 Advanced Utility Relocation Begins May 2013 Right-of-Way Acquisition Complete January 2014 Complete Final Design May 2014 Start Construction November 2013 Initiate Revenue Service March 2017 *Schedule subject to change
  7. 7. • What is the UDF? – Incorporated into LYNX BLE Design Criteria • Provides broad guidance to mitigate visual impacts • Recommends design treatments for highly visible areas outside the transit station
  8. 8. Urban Design Framework (UDF) • Designed to: – Integrate public art to mitigate visual impacts. – Leverage public art dollars with infrastructure funding.
  9. 9. UDF Guidelines Include: Walls and Bridges Fencing and Barriers Trackway/Pedestrian Crossings Embankments System Elements
  10. 10. Visibility Treatment Levels Based On: Land Use Adjacencies Pedestrian Proximity
  11. 11. APPLICATION OF THE URBAN DESIGN FRAMEWORK (UDF) CATS LYNX BLUE LINE EXTENSION TREATMENT EXAMPLES
  12. 12. Systems: Catenary System Galvanized Outside of Uptown, except at Stations Powder Coated and Galvanized Station Areas outside of Uptown & in Street Right of Way Powder Coated and Galvanized w/ finials Uptown Only
  13. 13. Systems: Traction Power Substations, Signal Houses & communication cabinets Standard - No Treatment Not visible from right of way
  14. 14. Systems: Traction Power Substations, Signal Houses & Communication Cabinets LYNX Blue Line Actual mitigation Treatment Proposed BLE Art Treatment Visible from Station Areas or Right of Way traffic © 2012 Joann Sieburg-Baker © 2010 Sharon Dowell
  15. 15. STRUCTURES: FENCING Chainlink Black Vinyl Chainlink *Between Freight and LRT tracks *On top of tall walls (MSE) and outside street ROW Orsogrille Vertical Railing *In Station areas/ on top of high visibility walls *On top of Tryon Street sidewalk
  16. 16. STRUCTURES: FENCING Proposed BLE Art Treatment Old Concord Station Area © 2012 Chandra Cox & Susan Cannon
  17. 17. Structures: Segmental Block Walls Segmental Block walls are typically used for low walls (less than 5 ft). Mostly supporting the sidewalk along Tryon Street. Standard Colored Block and Coping Vertical Rail
  18. 18. Structures: Pile Panel Walls Pile Panel walls are used for many different applications where walls are between 5-16 ft tall. Secondary Art Treatment Standard Class 2 Surface Finish Chainlink fence Primary Art Treatment Calico Orchid
  19. 19. Structures: Cast in Place walls Secondary Art Treatment Standard Class 2 Surface Finish Primary Art Treatment Trap Plant Cast-in-Place Pattern 20’ X 20’ Cast In Place (CIP) walls are used for many different applications where walls are over 12 ft, such as walls supporting sidewalks and ramp approaches. Calico Master Mold 5’ X 5’
  20. 20. Structures: MSE Walls Secondary Art Treatment Standard Class 2 Surface Finish Standard Precast Finish Primary Art Treatment Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) walls are typically used on larger walls supporting the LRT. Leaf Trap Plant Location: Craighead 53’ x 1,120’
  21. 21. Structures: Bridges Primary Art Treatment Harris Blvd Bridge Leaf Railing Detail Pitcher Plant Bridge Pier
  22. 22. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CATS LYNX BLUE LINE EXTENSION
  23. 23. INFRASTRUCTURE + ART+ COMMUNITY: PUTTING THEM IN CONTEXT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Artist: Tom Thoune Infrastructure: 360’ Concrete Retaining Wall Public Art: Hand assembled Mosaics in the Trencadis Method Engagement: Members of the community were invited to bring broken dishes, marbles, glass and ceramics to the artist as source material for his mosaic “cogs”. With these materials, they often brought their own stories which the artist recorded.
  24. 24. Thank You! www.charlotteplanning.org

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