Developed in collaboration with Cordula Roser-Gray and sponsored by the Tulane City Center, the project involved the development of proposals to assist Ride New Orleans, a transit advocacy group, in addressing two issues prominent in the city: the need for a transit hub in the Central Business District and the design of transit-centric public space at critical intersections.
For the hub, graphic material was developed to illuminate total transit usage in the city, the prominence of specific transportation routes and the critical interchange between these vital lines in the CBD. Scenarios illustrating the complexity of transfers and the confusion of stops in the area were illustrated to support the argument for aggregating these disparate connection points in a central location. Along with rider survey results conducted by the Project Sponsor, best practice studies and historic precedents the material was assembled in a graphically descriptive format to serve as primary material to advocate for a new transit hub in the CBD.
Additionally, key intersections were investigated where transfers between multiple routes or modes of transit occur. The work entailed describing the numerous hazards presented by these transfers, created by the overlap of pedestrian traffic in areas spatially oriented to vehicular modes of travel. Multiple scenarios were developed using transit-centric urban design to reimagine these intersections, from tactical manipulations to intensive realignments of the existing streetscape. The proposals serve as potentials for the chosen intersections but are also strategic designs intended to adapt to similar conditions throughout the city, a model for more transit neutral urban space.