At the Rail Conference of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) in Dallas this week, Sasaki principal Steve Hamwey, PE, HASLA, spoke about the Charlotte Area Transit Blue Line. Steve and the design team explored the integration of station area planning and station design, which played a key role in the success of the project. The line has surpassed ridership projections by 65% since opening in 2007.
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) used land use planning as a major criteria in developing the location and function of the 13 stations along the 9.6 mile route. The planning and design team worked closely with the city to develop realistic station area plans that focused on the best location, density, circulation, and infrastructure.
Steve highlighted how the station area plans were implemented using the key principles of access, station amenities, and transit oriented development potential.
"The positive news from the conference is that transit ridership is up 5% nationally," says Steve. "As planners and designers, we need to continue to integrate station areas and communicate with the end user—the transit rider!"
The South Corridor project for the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Light Rail system provides alternative transit to a significant portion of Charlotte's metropolitan area. Sasaki provided planning,...