Cincinnati Conceptual Transit Stop
In developing a conceptual design for the Cincinnati Streetcar stop, the stop became more than just a shelter. It became an integral part of the streetcar system that creates a comfortable and cohesive user experience of public transportation. Inspired by the directionality of the streetcar system, tenants of Universal Design, holistic sustainability and consideration of cost flexibility and budgetary responsibility; the design joins the streetcar to create a seamless, protected waiting, boarding and disembarking experience for users.
It is a simple, contemporary form with a strong visual impact that assists with way-finding and provides a multitude of opportunities to link with the city’s branding and promotions strategies.
In considering holistic sustainability through environmental, social and economic conditions, the design addresses all three through the use of recycled material content, drawing power for the LED information display through integral roof mounted photovoltaic panels, providing information on local restaurants and attractions based on the LEED definition of walking distances, and having enhanced functionality that provides for user comfort, potentially encouraging use of the public transportation system.
This is more than just a shelter. It is a fully integrated component of the public transportation system that enhances the system through its provisions for user comfort, functionality and iconic aesthetic while still adhering to considerations of budget constraints, the need for cost and functional adaptability and sustainable principles.