Design Principles for Transit Station Design
The Project Advisory Committee (PAC) identified several key principles of design for the Lake Street Transit Station to insure that the station:
- Is connected to all modes
- Is safe and secure
- Is comfortable for waiting passengers
- Is attractive
- Reflects and connects the community
- Is pedestrian-scale
- Does not have negative impacts on existing neighborhoods
- Provides for future growth
- Is cost-effective and timely
- Provides for smooth flow for all modes of transportation
Transit Station Location
The new Lake Street Transit Station will serve the new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service on the I-35W Orange Line at the freeway level and transit patrons using buses on Lake Street. Connections for pedestrians and bicyclists between the transit station and the Midtown Greenway will be provided via a high quality off-street pedestrian and bicycle connection. The transit station will provide a comfortable and convenient location for transit patrons to wait for buses, ticket vending, and other transit passenger amenities.
Based on community input, and discussion of several alternatives, the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) recommended a station location that is over Lake Street, with access on both sides of Lake Street, and extended north of Lake Street to provide a shorter connection to the Greenway. This location provides direct and convenient service to transit passengers boarding at Lake Street or transferring to/from buses operating along Lake Street. This location also provides good visibility to the station from Lake Street and reinforces the potential redevelopment of Lake Street and the reopening of Nicollet Avenue.
Transit Station Architectural Concept Plan
Over several meetings in 2012 and 2013, the PAC considered a wide range of architectural design information and proposed design features before approving a design concept for the transit station. The Lake Street level includes both an outdoor plaza and an enclosed area for transit patrons on each side of Lake Street (glass enclosure/curtain walls, stairs, entry, wall cladding, station interior, elevator, feature/art wall, floor surface, mezzanine design elements including signage and bike gutter). The split platform freeway level has waiting areas, loading platforms, and exterior freeway design.
On September 26, 2013 the PAC unanimously approved the following resolution:
The Project Advisory Committee (PAC) approved the overall architectural design concept for the transit station, acknowledging that the issues of the I-35W footprint and adequate plans for security, maintenance, and operations need to be addressed, and are yet to be approved by this Committee.
Lake Street Level