Last week, the Washington Post featured a lengthy profile of WMATA’s head architect, the man behind the concepts in Metro’s recently unveiled ‘station of the future‘ concept. The article offers some insight into the thinking behind the proposed re-design of the Bethesda station, as well as some of the pushback Metro has received already from the
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This week, WMATA unveiled a concept for their “station of the future.” The press release and accompanying video flythough of the pilot station (Bethesda) for these improvements lists the reasons for these changes, including “improved lighting, better information and improved customer convenience.” And who would be against those things? All three have been criticisms of Metro
Continue reading Metro’s ‘station of the future’ – why mess with what works?
Today’s snow storm means Metro’s been limited to their underground service map only. Given that buses are out of commission, this low level of service is the only real way to get around town. It also means there’s plenty of time to spend in the stations waiting for trains.
So, while waiting at Potomac Avenue, I
Continue reading Station cleaning – the end product
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Stuff that’s been piling up in my open tabs…
Jarrett Walker takes a look at Seattle, and how the city’s geography of natural chokepoints and barriers aid the city’s transit usage, despite lacking an extensive rail transit system (though it’s getting bigger as we speak).
Transit planning is frustrating in
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I had a chance to stop though Judiciary Sq’s north mezzanine today, the one with the new lighting scheme. My concern from the initial photos was that the lighting along the escalators, where the coffered vault has less headroom, requiring direct overhead light rather than the indirect lighting in the rest of the system, was
Continue reading Lighting, again
Several sources have linked to a great photo compilation from design boom on avant garde subway station architecture from around the world. The images come from:
shanghai bund sightseeing tunnel
tokyo – iidabashi station
prague – line a
moscow – komsomolskaya station
toronto – museum station
barcelona – drassanes station
Some of the stations are quite striking –
Continue reading Subway architecture – world tour
Back in my hometown, yesterday marked the first day of revenue service for the Northstar commuter rail line between Big Lake and downtown Minneapolis. This is Minneapolis’ first heavy rail commuter line, which will look for a quick expansion to the originally planned terminus of St. Cloud, MN.
Yonah Freemark offers his assessment at The Transport
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