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FROM PORTALS TO PLACES Thinking Beyond Stops and Stations to Community Mobility Hubs

September 9, 2019

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The places where we wait, depart from, and arrive at can be great public destinations.

Source: Project for Public Spaces

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PRESENTATION OUTLINE

Source: Steve Boland

Why Stops and Stations?

What does it mean to go from Portal to Place?

How can we get from Portal to Place? 3


WHY STOPS AND STATIONS?

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THE NEED Crisis of place Mode-destination disconnect First and last mile connectivity Perceptions Less funding Ridership 5


CRISIS OF PLACE Lack of community destinations that reflect the community’s values and assets

Source: Michael Rivera

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MODEDESTINATION DISCONNECT Fading connection between great public realm and public transit A result of siloed landuse and transit planning Source: Flickr user waltarrrrr

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FIRST AND LAST MILE CONNECTIVITY Weak connectivity beyond the transit trip itself, especially in low-income communities Often results in short 1/2 mile auto trips to daily destinations Source: Flickr user survcentex

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PERCEPTIONS Persisting perception problem of who rides the bus/train

Source: Bradley Gordon

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LESS FUNDING Less funding is being allocated to rail station improvements and even less to bus stops

Source: [Source]

Source: TransitCenter From Sorry to Superb (2018)

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RIDERSHIP Downward trend in transit ridership Riders choosing more comfortable, convenient, and attractive alternatives Source: CATO Institute Charting Public Transit’s Decline (2018)

Source: Project for Public Spaces

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THE OPPORTUNITY Public transit stations and stops have historically played a pivotal role in shaping the built environment around them. From bus interchanges to ferry terminals, retail functions organically clustered around these nodes shaping daily life for the riders. For those who rely on public transit for their daily life, the need is prominent and the opportunity to create a multi-purpose destination still exists. 12


FROM PORTAL TO PLACE

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MUNDANE Source: Galo Naranjo

MEMORABLE Source: Duncan Rawlinson

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MULTI-USE

SINGLE-USE Source: Thomas Hawk

Source: La Citta Vita

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INTUITIVE

INVISIBLE Source: Flickr user waltarrrrr

Source: Flickr user toastal

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WELL-LOVED

UNKEPT Source: Bradley Gordon

Source: Ethen Rera

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A Transit Stop as a Community Hub

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COMFORT & IMAGE [& AMENITIES!] •

Welcoming

Attractive

Safe & Clean

Functional

Protected

Historic

“Green”

Friendly Source: The Musicant Group

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USES & ACTIVITIES [& DESTINATIONS!] •

Fun & Vital

Flexible

Offers Variety

Indigenous

Has Something for Everyone

Affordable

Challenging Source: Project for Public Spaces

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ACCESS & LINKAGES •

Visible

Near Other Places

Convenient

Walkable

Bikeable

Transit-Connected

Flow & Layout

Parking

Source: Project for Public Spaces

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SOCIABILITY [& OWNERSHIP & MANAGEMENT!] •

Welcoming

Cooperative

Interactive

Neighborly

Diverse

Fostering Pride

Inspiring Stewardship Source: WRI Brasil

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Transit stops and stations can be great places too.

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THE BENEFITS Multi-Use Destinations Health and Sustainability Smart Growth Service Improvement Civic Engagement 26


THE BENEFITS Multi-Use Destinations: The creation of new community destinations that foster commerce, social gathering, community, and a sense of place, and make station areas more desirable as places to live, work, learn, and play.


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THE BENEFITS Health and Sustainability: Reduced need for short trips to access daily destinations, and reduced dependence on automobiles.


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THE BENEFITS Smart Growth: Reintegration of public transit systems as backbones of the built environment, with stations serving as anchors for new and existing local businesses and institutions.


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THE BENEFITS Service Improvement: Increased ridership by direct improvement to the overall experience prior to boarding and upon arrival. Transit investments and assets are leveraged to achieve community benefits

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THE BENEFITS Civic Engagement: Communities that are engaged and invested in a vision for neighborhood progress.

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HOW CAN WE GET FROM PORTAL TO PLACE?

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FIVE FUNDAMENTALS

Amenities

Access

Activities & Destinations

Community Ownership

Programming & Management

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Community Ownership

Source: Project for Public Spaces

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Amenities

Source: Sergio Ruiz

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Activities & Destinations

Source: Project for Public Spaces

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Access

Source: Public Domain

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Programming & Management

Source: MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design

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Bonus! Beyond the Fundamentals

Source: Melissa Mongiat

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“Transit is a component, but by no means the extent, of your memorable experience in this place.” – From Thinking Beyond the Station Project for Public Spaces article by David M. Nelson

SOURCE: [SOURCE]

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR INITIATIVE VISIT

WWW.PPS.ORG/PORTALS-TO-PLACES

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