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All Aboard: Downtown Bus Station Opens for Business

The long-awaited City Utilities Transit Center is now open! The station features more room for seating, offices for security and supervisors, a driver’s lounge, public restrooms, a ticketing area, and a multipurpose community room. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held May 6th, and service began May 9th. BR&P was architectural design consultant and structural engineer for architect of record H Design.

Transit Center Ribbon Cutting

The goal of the project was to make a place that is safe, relevant, and cool.

The first task: ensuring passenger, pedestrian, and transit employee safety. The old station was cramped, dimly lit, and congested. Safety strategies included ample lighting, easily observable spaces, and designing the least number of pedestrian-vehicle conflicts.

Bus Transit Center Interior

Another strategy was to make the station relevant to the public. The station is designed to allow for an expanded fleet of larger buses as public transportation plays a greater role in the community. To appeal to modern day multi-modal commuters, public Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, bicycle storage and maintenance components, and TV’s displaying route information, weather and news were also added.

Bus Transit Center Exterior

Finally, the station needed to be cool. The design included several innovations including rain gardens and a solar veil. Rainwater above the passenger platform canopies runs off the roof and into the rain gardens below. The water is then naturally filtered by the plants before it enters the ground or runs off to the public storm water system. The veil not only looks cool, but adds energy efficiency as well. It shades the interior transit lobby in the summer and allows direct solar gain in the winter. The transit center was conceived as a civic addition to downtown Springfield, and includes a public plaza with sculpture as part of Springfield’s new Sculpture Walk.

Bus Transit Center Solar Veil

Ultimately, the Transit Center was designed to increase ridership. As City Utilities General manager Scott Miller said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, “This facility makes you want to ride the bus.”

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