If you haven’t heard, the City of Rochester is requesting proposals for a new combined Amtrak/Greyhound/Trailways station. We don’t know about you, but we’re giddy with excitement. Rochester has had more than its share of great transit stations – sadly, many have been lost to history. Now, finally we have an opportunity to build a respectable gateway to Rochester that will serve our region well and become a landmark for many many generations.
Reconnect Rochester is not standing idly by. You know what they say about idle hands. Well these hands have been busy drawing up our own vision for the most perfect intermodal transit station Rochester is certainly deserving of.
More details about our concept after the jump…
First, a few elevation views of the building and a some overhead plan views of the surround area and both levels of the facility. Then we’ll list the key points of the concept. Enjoy…
- Architectural design inspired by many of Rochester’s early rail depots including NY Central RR Depot (1882), Erie Railroad Depot (1887), and Union Depot by Claude Bragdon (1914.)
- The majestic clock tower, reminiscent of Rochester’s older rail depots, can be seen from all directions – even from the north side of the tracks. Riders entering from out of town will know they’ve arrived in Rochester – and what time it was when they arrived!
- Provisions for safe pedestrian and bike access to and from the station including “exclusive phase” signals, diagonal crosswalks, ramps, wide sidewalks, and new period-style street lamps around the station and the square. The entire facility will of course be ADA compliant.
- Surface parking lots will be replaced with a two tier public parking garage with pedestrian access from station as well as from the street. Each level holds approximately 80 passenger vehicles.
- The old surface parking lot south of Central Avenue will be converted to an urban square. Add a grand fountain, some public art and you’ve got a prime spot for a picnic or just laying around.
- The City Circulator and shuttles will pick passengers up under the canopy and whisk them off to the RTS bus terminal, hotels, or other downtown locations.
- Travelers can pick up a rental car or a Zipcar® on the ground floor of the parking garage. Owners of electric vehicles can charge up at one of the multiple charging stations within the garage.
- Bike access to the station in accordance with the City’s Bike Master Plan. A separate entrance and amenities for cyclists such as bike racks, secure indoor storage, and shower/locker facilities.
- Passengers can relax and grab a bite to eat at the outdoor café. Then catch a taxi cab ride to their final destination. Taxis will wait for passengers from the dedicated curbside pickup/dropoff lane.
- Rail platforms will be accessible from the first level of the facility via the original Bragdon station tunnels. The tunnels will be refurbished with new tiles, handrails, LED lighting and elevators to the platforms.
- The original baggage tunnel will be retrofitted with new mechanicals that will carry passenger bags to and from the train platforms.
- Greyhound and Trailways buses will pick up and drop off passengers behind the facility (on the track side) at a covered platform. Passengers will access the bus platform from the second level of the facility. Buses will enter from Clinton Avenue and exit onto Joseph Avenue where they will proceed to the Inner Loop (I-490).
- The first level of the facility will accommodate guest services & info desk, offices, restrooms, family locker & shower room, ticketing & bag check, a café or restaurant (with indoor/outdoor seating), vending machines, waiting area with tables and seating, and the tunnel entrance to train platforms.
- The second level of the facility will accommodate food and gift vendors, an art/photo gallery, restrooms, waiting area, café tables, and doors to the bus platform. The second level will be accessible via two elevators and 4 sets of stairs.
- The entire facility and urban square will have public WiFi access.
- The site will be built and operated partially or fully under the guidelines of current “Green Building Energy Conservation Programs”.
- A three-story glass atrium will cast natural light onto both the upper and lower levels of the facility. Trees and other plantings will beautify the interior atrium year-round.
- Wind turbines and solar panels on the roof and in the square will partially or fully power the facility.
- Rainwater runoff from the facility and parking ramps will be mitigated with a collection system and holding tanks used to irrigate the square and surrounding landscape.
- The original platform canopies will be restored but will be dressed with a new colored glass roof.
- The railroad bridges over Clinton and Joseph Avenues will be repaired and painted. Skylights and LED lighting will be installed to light the roadway and sidewalks beneath.
- RTS bus shelters will be installed at the corners of Clinton and Central and Joseph and Central. Maps and schedules and real time digital signage will be available in the station for routes serving the station and for the RTS Terminal Shuttle.
- Real time digital signage will keep passengers informed of arrival and departure times in the facility and on the platforms. Announcements will be audible from anywhere within the station and in the parking garage and urban square. Wayfinding signage will be installed in and around the facility. And signage directing people to the station from points throughout the Rochester region will be updated.
- A major goal is to make it a pleasant experience for pedestrians to walk between the station and downtown. Trees will be planted all along Clinton and Joseph Avenues from the station into downtown. The gap between Clinton and Joseph Avenues (down into the Inner Loop) will be covered over with decking and landscaped. Crosswalks in the area will be widened and brightly painted (or laid in cobblestone), and traffic signaling will be reconfigured appropriately.
- Finally, the building itself will be viewed as a landmark, and a monument to the people of Rochester. The building will be open to the public 24/7/365. And at night colored lights will illuminate the facility from top to bottom including the train platforms.
Of course ideas like these doesn’t get plucked from Rochester’s clear blue skies. Here are some of the other stations we drew inspiration from…