The purpose was to develop criteria for prototype commuter transportation centers at which the interchange of rail passengers to automobile, bus or other rail modes would be facilitated with maximum convenience. Criteria for designing the prototype transportation centers was developed with reference to: (1) the enclosed structure: (2) pedestrian circulation; (3) provision of commercial and other public facilities; (4) parking; (5) loading operations; and (6) landscaping. Each functional aspect of the efficient rail station is described briefly along with such general planning requirements as the estimated volume of commuter passengers and vehicles. Particular emphasis is focused upon convenience for the transit user as the transit environment may be a principal factor is attracting new ridership. Consequently, such variables as walking distances, pedestrian access, passenger amenities, and functional design are emphasized in the analysis. Three prototype transportation center designs were developed for application in different types of urban and suburban locations. Estimated cost factors for each prototype design are provided. The possible impact of new transit technology on future station configurations is discussed. A final section details implementation procedures for commuter transportation centers. Different sources of financing are examined with reference to local contributions, parking fees, commercial leases or land sales, and participation in relevant federal assistance programs.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission

    400 West Madison Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60606
  • Publication Date: 1971-3

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00044184
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1974 12:00AM